Hanged Without Benefit of Counsel [Trial]. Friend, Sir John [d. 1696], Defendant. The Arraignment, Tryal, And Condemnation, Of Sir John Friend, Knight, For High Treason, In Endeavouring to Procure Forces from France to Invade this Kingdom, And Conspiring to Levy War in this Realm for Assisting and Abetting the Said Invasion, In Order to the Deposing of His Sacred Majesty King William, And Restoring the Late King. At the Sessions-house in the Old-Bayly, On Monday March 23. 1695/6. And Perused by the Lord Chief Justice Holt, And the King's Council, Who were Present at the Tryal. London: Printed for Samuel Heyrick, at Grays-Inn-Gate in Holborn, 1696. [iv], 44 pp. Main text preceded by "Order to Print" (imprimatur) leaf. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent cloth, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, some fading to spine and parts of boards. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to a few leaves, wear to fore-edge of final leaf. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. A nice copy. $150. * Only edition. Friend was charged with high treason for participation in Jacobite assassination plot 1696 and denied counsel by Chief-Justice Sir John Holt. He was convicted and hanged, one of the last two people condemned before the Treason Act of 1695 came into force. This act, which allowed counsel in cases of treason, may have helped.
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