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EXACT COLLECTION OF THE DEBATES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, Held at Westminster, October 21. 1680. Prorogued the Tenth, and Dissolved the Eighteenth of January Following. With the Debates of the House of Commons at Oxford, Assembled March 21. 1680. Also a Just and Modest Vindication of the Proceedings of the Said Parliament
London: R. Baldwin, 1689. First thus, with the addition of the ‘Just and Modest Vindication’, the less common Baldwin imprint. ‘Just and Modest Vindication’ preceded by separate title-page dated 1689. 8vo, full near contemporary calf, the boards with double fillet-line gilt borders and blind stippled edges, the spine with raised bands double ruled in gilt, one compartment with a brown morocco label lettered in blind. [8], 464 [ie 456, mispaginated as described by Wing] pp. Internally a very nice copy with just expected mellowing or toning, more so on the prelims, in all quite fresh and solid, the binding with some age-wear, the upper hinge cracked with the board nearly detached, lower hinge starting, easily restored. FIRST EDITION. DEBATES OF THE LAST PARLIAMENT OF CHARLES II REIGN ON HIS SUCCESSION AND WHETHER OR NOT JAMES II, A ROMAN CATHOLIC, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BECOME KING. The debates were first published by Baldwin in 1680, this 1689 edition is the second printing of the debates, expanded, and is the first to include the Vindication which was in answer to the King’s 1681 dissolution of Parliament. The reprinting was in response to the “Glorious Revolution” in which James II was overthrown by a union of Parliamentarians. The Vindication was probably written by Sir William Jones in collaboration with Lord John Somers and Algernon Sidney, though it has also been ascribed to Robert Ferguson in some sources. Jones was the most famous attorney of his day and had prosecuted the victims of the Oates Plot in 1678. In 1680 he was sent to the House of Commons by Plymouth where he was instrumental in the passing of the Exclusion Bill.
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