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BENSON, William (1682--1754)
A second letter to Sir J---- B----, by birth a Swede, but naturaliz'd, and a m----r of the present P--------t : concerning the Minehead doctrine. Demonstrating the blessings of arbitrary power, establish'd by the Parliament of Sweden in 1680. From the history of that kingdom; and from an address of the states of Livonia to the King of Sweden, the 30th of May 1692. Exhibited here at large, and expressing the unspeakable advantage of such a happy constitution.
London: printed for S. Popping, [1711?].
10 [i.e. 23], [1] p. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By William Benson. Page 23 misnumbered 10. Signed at end: 'Mine-Head, May 12. 1711. Philo. Tory'. Addressed to the Tory MP Sir Jacob Banks, this is a denunciation of the doctrines of the divine right of kings and passive obedience as advocated by Banks, which the author argues had led to great difficulties in Sweden. The first letter had originally been published in 1711 as The history, or present state of Sweden. In a letter to Sir J- B--, by birth a Swede, ... (in later editions A letter ...). ESTC n21732.

Copy Notes The lacunæ in the title inscribed in ink. Bound (7) in a collection of eleven political tracts by or associated with Defoe, dated between 1710 and 1717. Part of a uniformly bound 48-volume set of works by or attributed to Defoe which on the evidence of endleaves variously watermarked '1814', '1808', etc. was presumably assembled around 1810--15.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Defoe's Works' and 'Miscellanies'. Cased (18.8 cm) to match the set.

Reference Number 821


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