A Triumph for Tories and High-Churchmen [Trial]. 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 (7-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style with gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing with a few scuffs and nicks to boards, faint dampstain to front board, corners bumped and lightly worn. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places, faint dampstain to bottom edge of text block of the Tryal, ownership signatures of "E.C. Cooke, P.C.N. 1901." and "R.D. Howe - 1934" to front free endpaper and Howe's notes in pencil throughout. Cooke's signature also to imprimatur leaf and title page. $125. * First octavo editions (each one among several issues from 1710). The volume collects two fundamental documents relating to the ideological controversy between Whigs and Tories. 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 rec.
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