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PENN, William
The Peoples Ancient and Just Liberties Asssrted [sic], in the Tryal of William Penn, and William Mead, At the Sessions held at the Old-Baily in London. against the most Arbitrary procedure of that Court
[London] Printed in the year 1670. Small 4to, 62 pp. Disbound, first and last pages with some marks and browning, some old paper partially obscuring the imprint and the line above, general browning throughout. Charged with "addressing a tumultuous assembly" under new laws banning non-Anglican worship, Penn and Mead were acquitted, the jury being subsequently imprisoned for their efforts by the judge, who was also Lord Mayor of London. "The order was overturned by the chief justice, thereby establishing the future autonomy of juries. [The trial] brought Penn widespread respect for his able championing of dissent. From this point Penn was taken seriously by the crown as well as parliament as somebody who could influence the dissenting element in society." (ODNB). Wing P1335. One of a number of editions published in this year.
Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop (ABA, ILAB) [Lewes, United Kingdom]
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