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THE WHITE-STAFF'S SPEECH ...
The White-Staff's speech to the Lords. Containing his full confession of the plot against the Q---n, and House of Hanover, to bring in the Pretender. Faithfully taken from the original.
London:, printed for J. Roberts,, 1714.
[4], 31, [1] p. ; 17.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Purporting to be Robert Harley's speech. Sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe, whose tract The secret history of the White-Staff published in the same year (q.v.) was the signal for a pamphlet war surrounding his one-time patron Robert Harley, who had just resigned the white staff of his office of Lord Treasurer and was facing Whig demands for impeachment on a charge of high treason. Half-title reads 'The Speech Oe [sic] The White-Staff To The Lords'. ESTC t52442.

Copy Notes Bound after the three parts of Defoe's The secret history of the White-Staff, together with ten further short publications on the same and other subjects. 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 800

Additional Names Harley, Robert, Earl of Oxford (1661--1724); Defoe, Daniel (1661?--1731); Oxford, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of (1661--1724)

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