A Triumph for Tories and High-Churchmen [Trial]. [Great Britain]. [House of Lords]. Sacheverell, Henry [1674-1724], Defendant. The Tryal of Dr. Henry Sacheverell, Before the House of Peers, For High Crimes and Misdemeanors; Upon an Impeachment by the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses in Parliament Assembled, In the Name of Themselves, And of All the Commons of Great Britain: Begun in Westminster-Hall the 27th Day of February, 1709/10, And from Thence Continued by Several Adjournments Until the 23d Day of March Following. Published by Order of the House of Peers. London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1710. 456 pp. [Bound with] The Bishop of Salisbury's, And the Bishop of Oxford's Speeches in the House of Lords, On the First Article of the Impeachment of Dr. Henry Sacheverell; Also the Bishop of Lincoln's and Bishop of Norwich's Speeches At the Opening of the Second Article of the Said Impeachment. London: Printed, And Sold by John Morphew, Near Stationers-Hall, 1710. 16; 16; , 35-52; 53-63,  pp. Four parts, each with title page, first three parts have individual pagination. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and early hand-lettered paper spine label. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, spine label soiled and edgeworn. Light toning to text, internally clean. An appealing copy. $150. * First octavo editions (both among several issues from the same year). Fundamental documents in the ideological controversy between Whigs and Tories that was to dominate 18th century England. Dr. Henry Sacheverell was impeached for preaching two sermons that advocated the Tory doctrines of non-resistance and passive obedience. His punishment was unique. He was not allowed to preach for three years, but he was allowed to perform other clerical functions and accept preferment during that time. His two sermons were ordered burned by the common hangman. Such a sentence was felt to be a triumph for him and the High-Church and Tory party, and the news of it was received with great enthusiasm throughout the kingdom. See Dictionary of National Biography XVIII:569-572. English Short-Title Catalogue T176104, T22852.
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