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ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ...
Articles of impeachment of high treason and other hgih [sic] crimes, misdemeanours and offences, against Thomas Earl of Danby Lord High Treasurer of England. As they vvere delivered in to the House of Lords in the name of the Commons of England, by Sir Henry Capel, December 23. 1678. Together vvith a letter of the Lord Treasurers to Mr. Montague, late embassador in France.
[London]: [1678].
7, [1] p. ; 19.5 cm. (4º)

Drop-head title. Imprint place and date from Wing; the letter to Montague is signed and dated 'March 25. 78. Danby'. Thomas Osborne, Earl of Danby (1674) and later the first Duke of Leeds, was leader of the old Cavalier party in Charles II's parliament from 1673. He subsequently played a key role in the negotiations with William and Mary in 1688--89. But in 1678, the object of much popular disrepute, he was charged with having 'encroached to himself royal powers by treating matters of peace and war without the knowledge of the council, with having promoted the raising of a standing army on pretence of a war with France, with having obstructed the assembling of parliament' (Encyclopaedia Britannica) and was imprisoned for five years. ESTC r204335; Wing A3858 (also identified as A3858A).

Copy Notes Bound (7) 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. The title is annotated in manuscript, possibly in the same contemporary hand, against the name of Danby: fol: Tom: 4 / n: 12, and against the name of Capel: ibid: n: 45.

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 184


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