A Profound Influence in the American Colonies, One of the Two Editions Owned by Jefferson [Care, Henry (1646-1688)]. N[elson], W[illiam] [b.1653], Editor. English Liberties, Or the Free-Born Subject's Inheritance; Containing Magna Charta, Charta de Foresta, The Statute De Tallagio non Concedendo, The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes; With Comments on Each of Them. Likewise, The Proceedings in Appeals of Murder: Of Ship-Money; Of Tonnage and Poundage. Of Parliaments, And the Qualification and Choice of Members: Of the Three Estates, And of the Settlement of the Crown by Parliament. Together with a Short History of the Succession, Not by Any Hereditary Right: Also a Declaration of the Liberties of the Subject: And of the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy. The Petition of Right; With a Short but Impartial Relation of the Difference Between Charles I. And the Long Parliament, Concerning the Prerogative of the King, The Liberties of the Subject, And the Rise of the Civil Wars. Of Trials by Juries, And of the Qualifications of Jurors: Their Punishment for Misbehaviour, And of Challenges to Them. Lastly, Of Justices of the Peace, Coroners, Constables, Church-Wardens, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the Highways, &c. With Many Law Cases Throughout the Whole. Compiled First by Henry Care, And Now Continued, With Large Additions, By W.N. of the Middle Temple, Esq. [London]: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and H. Gosling, 1719. [xii], 356 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules and fillets to boards, raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering piece to spine, colored edges, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, minor worming to lower corner of final third of text block, light foxing in a few places, library stamp and annotations to verso of title page. A handsome copy. $1,750. * Fourth edition. First published in 1682, the first edition was not dated), this classic layman's guide reviews, from a Whig perspective, the principles of English law and government. It emphasizes the role of Magna Carta, Parliament and juries in the preservation of civil rights and prevention of tyranny. First published in America in 1721, it had a profound influence on several colonial readers, including the founding fathers. It was the primary source for William Penn's Excellent Priviledge of Liberty and Property (1687).
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