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OLDMIXON, John (1673--1742)
Considerations on the history of the Mitre and Purse. Shewing, that the design of the three late managers, the Staff, Mitre and Purse, in setting their historians to work, was only to raise a little dust that they might escape in the cloud. To which are added some particular passages of secret history relating to the Purse and the Mitre.
London: printed for J. Roberts, 1714.
[4], 31, [1] p. ; 17.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By the Whig polemicist John Oldmixon; see Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America, 69 (1975), p. 234. A response to The history of the Mitre and Purse, also published in 1714 (q.v.). The 'Mitre' is Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester; the 'Purse' is Simon Harcourt, Viscount Harcourt, Lord Chancellor; the 'Staff' is Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, former Lord Treasurer. One of numerous pamphlets occasioned by Daniel Defoe's anonymously published defence of Harley, The secret history of the White-Staff, 1714 (q.v.). ESTC t31508.

Copy Notes Bound with thirteen further short publications on the same and other subjects including all three parts of Defoe's The secret history of the White-Staff and other responses by Oldmixon. 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 'Hist. Of The White Staff Mitre & Purse'.

Reference Number 805


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