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The Case of Mr Francis Francia, The Reputed Jew, Who Was Acquitted. Trial, Francis Francia, Defendant.
The Case of Mr Francis Francia, The Reputed Jew, Who Was Acquitted...

The Case of Mr Francis Francia, The Reputed Jew, Who Was Acquitted...

Trial of the "Jacobite Jew" [Trial]. Francia, Francis [b.1675], Defendant. The Case of Mr. Francis Francia, The Reputed Jew. Who was Acquitted of High-Treason, At the Sessions-House in the Old-Baily, On Tuesday Jan. 22. 1716. Together with the Learned Arguments For and Against Him, By the Council for the King and the Prisoner: As Also the Substance of the Several Intercepted Letters, Between Him and his Correspondents in France; In Particular That, At the Sight of Which, Mr. Harvey of Combe, Is Said to have Stab'd Himself. Likewise a True Copy of Another Written in Justification of his Behaviour to Mr. Cowper, One of the Council for the King, On That Memorable Occasion: With the Names of the Jury that Brought Him In, Not Guilty. London: Printed for John Gouldins, [1716]. 12 pp. P. 10 misnumbered "11." Folio (12" x 7-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Woodcut head piece. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, faint dampstain to foot of title page, which is lightly soiled, trimming to bottom-edge with loss to imprint and date and some loss to catch-words and bottom line of text, legibility of main text not affected, clean horizontal slash, mended on both ends, to last four leaves affecting text but not legibility, last leaf neatly mended on verso, first leaf separating at foot but secure. $250. * Only edition. Francia, a French-born Jew descended from a distinguished Marrano family, was tried as a conspirator in a plot to return James II (the Old Pretender) to the throne. The prosecution had a strong case but he was acquitted. According to some accounts, he escaped conviction because he was an alien. It is more likely that the prosecution failed to prove that the treasonable letters introduced as evidence were actually written by him. It appears he was, in fact, guilty; Stuart correspondence discovered later supports the conspiracy charge and indicates that he was acting as an agent-provocateur for the English court. Besides his reputation as a conspirator and spy, Francia holds the distinction of being the first known Jewish Mason. According to the Encyclopaedia Judaica, claims that Francia converted to Christianity are contradicted by aspects of his behavior during the trial (VII:46). OCLC locates 10 copies of this title worldwide, none in law libraries. Lipton, "Francis Francia: The Jacobite Jew" in J.

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