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CHARLES I, king of England, Scotland, & Ireland

His Majesties Answer to a book, entituled, The Declaration, or Remonstrance of the Lords and Commons, of the 19th of May, 1642

      London: by Robert Barker; and by the assignes of John Bill,, 1642. Small quarto (183 × 143 mm), pp. [ii], 30. Modern paper wrappers. Short closed tear to last leaf not affecting text, a good copy. First London edition (there were reprints at York and Cambridge). A response to "A declaration or remonstrance of the state of the kingdome, agreed on by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, May 19, 1642". This is one of a series of pamphlets designed to explain openly to Charles's subjects why what was demanded of him by parliament could not be justified by law, by custom, or by prudence. "He almost certainly won the argument, and persuaded more people than did his opponents that they and not he represented the greater threat of tyranny and a greater hazard of unleashing anarchy. In reality the pamphlets were written principally by men whom he would have numbered among his critics in the 1630s, opponents of the personal rule who now feared that parliament would overturn the constitution: Lucius Cary, Viscount Falkland; Sir John Colepeper; and Edward Hyde" (ODNB).

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