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Animadversions on A late Factious Book, entitled, Essays upon, I. The ballance of power; II. The right of making war, peace, and alliances; III. Universal monarchy. With a letter containing a censure upon the said book: Wherein The King, the Ministry, and the Church of England, are clear'd, from the malicious Aspersions cast upon them, by the Enemies of this Government.
London: Printed and are to be Sold by J. Nutt, 1701. Octavo (190 x 119 mm). Disbound pamphlet, earlier sew-holes in margin. Initial and final leaves soiled, printer's error affecting text to p. 18. A very good copy. First edition of this anonymous response (signed L.L.D.J at end) to Charles Davenant's book of the same year, which had criticized the government and leading ecclesiastics. In a highly hostile tone, the author declares that Davenant's book "arraigns the ministry in a most outrageous manner; transgresses all the rules of modesty, abandons truth, and casts his blasphemous aspersions on that which all good men hold most sacred, the church" (p. 6). The author defends the ministry at a tumultuous time (with two elections in 1701, alternating Tory and Whig governments, and the ongoing war), especially its foreign policy, against Davenant's attacks. ESTC T102175; Goldsmiths' 3832. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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