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THREE GREAT QUESTIONS ...
Three great questions concerning the succession and the dangers of popery, fully examin'd. In a letter to a member of this present Parliament.
London: printed for M.R., 1680.
25, [1] p. ; 19.5 cm. (4º)

An anonymous pamphlet against the exclusion of the Duke of York from the succession on the grounds of his Catholicism in the aftermath of Titus Oates's Popish Plot of 1678, attributed to 'M.R.' in Wing. The Soane copy is annotated in manuscript on the title-page in a contemporary hand with the names Albemarle, Halsey and Seimor, possibly suggesting a a contemporary identification of the author and recipient of the letter respectively as Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (1653--1688) who was rewarded for his loyalty to the King during the Popish Plot and the Exclusion Crisis which followed it, and Sir Edward Seymour, 4th Baronet (1633--1708), who as speaker of the House of Commons argued strongly against popery and recommended limitations on a Catholic monarch. (See ODNB; the identity of 'Halsey' is unknown). ESTC r36697; Wing R49.

Copy Notes Bound (5) 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, probably the same, contemporary hand as the manuscript attributions on the title-page. Very closely cropped in the binding.

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 182


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