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A BRIEFE RELATION ABSTRACTED OUT Of SEVERALL LETTERS, Of A MOST HELLISH, CRUELL, And BLOUDY PLOT AGAINST The CITY Of BRISTOLL [bound with] An EXTRAORDINARY DELIVERANCE From a Cruell Plot, and Bloudy Massacre Contrived by the Malignants in Bristoll, for the Delivering up the Said City to Prince Rupert and His Forces; but Discovered by Gods Goodnesse Two Houres Before it Should have beene Acted, the Chiefe Conspirators Taken, and Imprisoned in the Castle
London: Printed by Richard Bishop for Lawrence Blaiklock / Printed for I. Wright in the Old Bailey, 1643. 1st Edition (Wing B4622 & F873). Cf. ESTC R1974 & $18611. Full brown pigskin binding, by Mudie, with gilt crest of Albert Kirby, Baron Fairfax of Cameron, to front board. Spine title: "Bristol Tracts - 1642".  AEG. Gilt dentelles. Marbled eps. Binding - Nr Fine (Fairfax bookplate/eps with offset browning at edges). Textblock - VG (first tract closely trimmed, just affecting printed text of line 1, A4r/period owner cipher to t.p. & right margin of A2r/underlining [first tract]).. [8]; [2], 14 pp. The first title publishes two letters, the 2nd: "The copy of another letter written by a captain in the city of Bristol, to a friend in London" is signed "I. H.". Numerous binder's blanks at rear. Headpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. 4to: A^4; A - B^4. 7-1/4" [18.5 cm] x 5-1/2" [13.8 cm]. "During the English Civil War, Bristol was a key port on the west coast of England and considered strategically important by both Royalists and Parliamentarians. Initially, the leadership of Bristol wanted to keep the city neutral in the conflict. In 1642, city officials implored Thomas Essex not to occupy the city with his Parliamentarian forces. The city was weakly defended, and Essex entered without much resistance. During the conflict, Bristol was used as a receiving point for the Royalists to accept reinforcements from Ireland..The town was well fortified by the Frome and Avon rivers, as well as a medieval castle, which had been bought by the corporation when the First English Civil War broke out in 1642, and during the Parliamentary defense, earthen artillery forts. ... In February 1643 [Nathaniel] Fiennes was sent down to Bristol arrested Colonel Thomas Essex the governor, executed the two leaders of a plot (Robert Yeamans and George Bouchier) to deliver up the city, and received a commission himself as governor on 1 May 1643. On the arrival, however, of Prince Rupert on 22 July, although the place was in no condition to resist an attack, Fiennes held out until Rupert's troops had actually forced an entry into the City and further resistance was both hopeless and a waste of life." OCLC records 3 US holdings [Harvard, UI, Yale] for the first title, and 7 holdings of the second.
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