Lord Redesdale's Opinion, London, c 1829.
The Authoritative Opinion of Lord Redesdale [Manuscript]. Freeman-Mitford, John, 1st Baron Redesdale [1748-1830]. Lord Redesdale's Opinion. London?, c.1829. 9" x 7-1/4" leaf, content to recto. Light toning, single horizontal fold, text in neat hand. $200. * The authoritative opinion of Lord Redesdale, discussing whether the dignity of the Earl of Westmoreland, created in 1397 during the reign of Richard II, is forfeited by a descendant convicted of high treason and outlawed. Redesdale distinguishes Coke's view in Nevill's Case, and holds that pre-Conquest law still governs, forfeiting a dignity for all descendants, direct or indirect. This opinion contains language very similar to that used in the Reports from the Lords Committees Touching the Dignity of a Peer of the Realm, &c. &c. (London, 1829) and may have been an early draft of a report Redesdale gave to the Lords.
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