1679. An Important Ally of King Charles II Impeached by Parliament [Trial]. [Osbourne, Thomas, Duke of Leeds, Previously Earl of Danby (1631-1712)]. An Exact Collection of All Orders, Votes, Debates, And Conferences in the House of Peers, And House of Commons, Both in the Late, And Present Parliament Relating to, And Concerning Thomas Earl of Danby, And the Other Five Lords in the Tower. As Also, All Votes, Debates, and Conferences Concerning the Bishops Sitting, And Voting in Capital Cases. Faithfully Extracted Out of the Journals of Both Houses, By a Careful Hand. London: Printed for Francis Smith, At the Elephant and Castle Near the Royal Exchange, 1679. [ii], 2, 5-16 pp. Pagination irregular, but complete. Folio (12" x 7-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent cloth, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities. Light browning, heavier browning and some edgewear to margins, those of title page and final leaf reinforced, fore-edge of A1 (pp. 1-2) trimmed closely with minor loss to text, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. * Only edition. Danby was a prominent political figure who served in a variety of offices under Kings Charles II and William III. In 1678 Danby had endorsed King Charles's demand for payment by King Louis of France to avoid war. This issue fed into the hysteria surrounding the Popish Plot. A faction in Parliament treated this support as an assumption of royal authority, which led eventually to his impeachment and imprisonment in the Tower for five years. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Library of Congress, Social Law, University of Minnesota, University of Washington). English Short-Title Catalogue R30028. (Inventory #: 65741)
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