The Examination of Captain William Bedlow Deceased, Relating to the..
by Trial; Bedloe, William; North, Sir Francis
1696. A Confidence Man Who Played a Leading Role in the Popish Plot [Trial]. Bedloe, William [1650-1680]. Guilford, Francis North, Baron [1637-1685]. The Examination of Captain William Bedlow Deceased, Relating to the Popish Plot, Taken in His Last Sickness, By Sir Francis North, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. Together With the Narrative of Sir Francis North, At the Council Board: And the Letter of Sir Francis North, To Mr. Secretary Jenkins, Relating to this Examination. Perused and Signed to be Printed, According to the Order of the House of Commons, by Me William Williams, Speaker. London: Printed by the Assigns of John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, And Henry Hills, Printers to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1680. 16 pp. Main text preceded by "Order to Print" (imprimatur) leaf. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent cloth, gilt title to spine. Light soiling and rubbing to extremities. Light toning to text, faint dampstaining to a few leaves. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy. * First edition. Bedloe, or Bedlow, was a confidence man who played a role in the Popish Plot as an informer, an act that made him rich and famous while destroying several innocent lives. He also wrote A Narrative and Impartial Discovery of the Horrid Popish Plot (1679). He died of natural causes while the trials were underway. The Popish Plot was a fictitious conspiracy to assassinate Charles II. It provoked a spasm of anti-Catholic hysteria in England and Scotland that led to the executions of at least 22 men between 1678 and 1681 and harsh laws against Catholics. This report was reprinted in Dublin in 1680. OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries, all of the London edition (Harvard, Osgoode Hall, Southern Methodist University, University of Maryland, UC-Davis). English Short-Title Catalogue R519. (Inventory #: 65694)
Law & Legal History, International Law, Trials, Americana, Criminology, Early Printed Law Books, Legal Ephemera, Manuscripts: Law, Political Science
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