Murder or Suicide? [Rye House Plot]. Braddon, Laurence [d.1724] [Capell, Arthur, 1st Earl of Essex (1631-1683)]. Essex's Innocency and Honour Vindicated: Or, Murther, Subornation, Perjury, And Oppression, Justly Charg'd on the Murtherers of that Noble Lord and True Patriot, Arthur (Late) Earl of Essex. As Proved Before the Right Honourable (Late) Committee of Lords, Or Ready to be Deposed. In a Letter to a Friend. Written by Lawrence Braddon (of the Middle-Temple) Gent. Who was Upwards of Five Years Prosecuted or Imprisoned, For Endeavouring to Discover This Murther the Third Day After the Same was Committed. London: Printed for the author; And sold by most booksellers, 1690. [xiii], 62,  pp. Final leaf blank. With woodcut frontispiece. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter morocco over marbled boards, blind fillets to edge of morocco, gilt-stamped title and date to spine, speckled edges. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, faint dampstain to lower right corner of text block, corner of leaf B4 (pp. 7-8) mended. $250. * Only edition. Essex, awaiting sentence after being convicted of participation in the Rye House Plot to assassinate King Charles II and his brother, was discovered in his cell with his throat cut. Though Essex's friends believed that he had, in fact, committed suicide in order to avoid an attainder and preserve his estate for his descendants, the public was unconvinced. Braddon was somewhat fanatical in his belief that Essex had been murdered, and was jailed several times for his efforts on Essex's behalf. In addition to our title, he wrote at least four other works on the subject, with the last of these published in 1729. English Short-Title Catalogue R19636.
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