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SHAFTESBURY, Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of (1621--1683)
A letter from a person of quality to his friend in the country.
[London]: printed in year, 1675.
[2], 32 [i.e 34] p. ; 19.5 cm. (4º)

'A Person of Quality' = Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. A 15,000-word pamphlet attacking the Test Bill introduced by Lord Danby in the 1675 session of Parliament, which would have required all holders of public office to take an oath against resistance to the king and promise never to endeavour to alter the government of church or state. It may have been a collaboration between Shaftesbury and the philosopher John Locke, who was Shaftesbury's secretary and to whom the tract is sometimes ascribed. This is a different edition to the one with the last page correctly numbered 34. Page 3 is misnumbered 7 and pp. 33 and 34 misnumbered 29 and 32 respectively. ESTC r3320; Wing S2897A.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pp. 25--28 which are supplied in manuscript in a contemporary hand. With a contemporary manuscript addition to the drop-head title on p. 1, in a different hand: concerning / ye oath or declaration Of ye / unlawfulness on any pretence of / taking arms. Bound (9) in a collection of 14 English political tracts relating to parliament with imprint dates between 1673 and 1682, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown Lee Warner.

Binding C17th sheep, blind-tooled borders and centre lozenge, later paper spine-label lettered in ink 'Parliament 1676' and octagonal paper library shelf-label lettered '102'.

Reference Number 186


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