1641 · London
A record of debates and speeches from 20 January 1628 through 10 March 1628, along with some communications from Charles I. => This publication and others like it marked the first time that reliable printed parliamentary news became widely and inexpensively available to the public; previously, manuscripts and unreliable illicit printings had been the only such reports obtainable.
There was much to report on regarding the proceedings of the 1628 Parliament, which was called only reluctantly by the King; the time period covered here includes extended discussion of the Petition of Right, of obvious interest during the lead-up to the English Civil War.
Evidence of readership: On the question of the "deplorable estate of the reformed Churches abroad," the remark that "certainly fighting will doe them much more good than fasting" has been underlined in pencil and pointed out in the margin (p. 23).
ESTC R2426; Wing (rev. ed.) E1526. Recent blue, brown, and tan marbled paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label. Title-page with inked annotation: "in reign of Charles I"; recto with traces of partially effaced rubber-stamped numeral. Margins browned. => An important record of public interest in the conflict between the King and Parliament. (Inventory #: 36772)