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The Lord Russel's Innocency Further defended; By Way of Reply to an Answer Entituled, The Magistracy and Govenrment of England Vindicated.
Timothy Goodwin, 1689. 1st Edition . No Binding. Good. (4), 15, (1)p. Jester watermark to last leaf and title page. Rye House Plot. The second of Sir Robert Atkyns' tracts in reply to Sir Bartholomew Shower. William Russell (1639-1683) was a politician and conspirator. Sir Robert Atkyns (1621-1710) was a judge and politician. He came to "the defence of Lord Russell, whom the government charged with treason after the discovery of the Rye House plot. Although he could not officially serve as counsel, Atkyns agreed to help Russell's lawyers Henry Pollexfen and John Holt in their efforts. He entered the fray despite the fact that in the wake of the plot's discovery local officials searched his house and removed all weapons, even the sword with which he had been knighted at the Restoration (it was returned to him in 1689). In letters to Russell's family and friends Atkyns joined Pollexfen and Holt in arguing against Russell's conviction on the ground that not all of the jurors were forty-shilling freeholders or possessed of £100 in goods. Russell was executed on 21 June 1683, too quickly for an appeal to be filed. Shortly before he laid his head on the block he handed the sheriff a document in which he presented an argument that had probably come from Atkyns, namely that, under statute 2 Edward III c. 2, Russell's mere presence when insurrection was being plotted made him guilty of misprision of treason, not treason itself. Atkyns later published some of these letters along with more extensive arguments in two tracts written in reply to the tory Sir Bartholomew Shower's works upholding the verdict against Russell". - ODNB 'The Magistracy and Government of England Vindicated' was a tract by Bartholomew Shower and was written in answer to Atkyns tract 'A Defence of the Late Lord Russel's Innoncency'. This was in turn an answer to Shower's tract titled 'An Antidote against Poison', for which he came to public notice. Condition: Disbound. Small pencil inscription to the title page. Occasional spots. Some tidemarks.
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