The First Suspension of Habeas Corpus in England [Great Britain]. [Habeas Corpus Suspension Act 1688]. An Act for Impowering His Majesty to Apprehend and Detain Such Persons as He Shall Find Just Cause to Suspect are Conspiring Against the Government [Drop-Head Title]. At head: Anno Primo Willielmi & Mariae. London: Printed by Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb, 1688 [i.e. 1689]. [iv], 11-12 pp. With the general title page. Folio (8-1/2" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Light toning, trimming affecting headline, page numbers and catch-words without loss to legibility or main text. $400. * First printing of the Habeas Corpus Suspension Act of 1688 (i.e. 1689), the first of three such acts that year to temporarily suspend the right of habeas corpus in the wake of the Glorious Revolution. An assertion of parliamentary power, these acts provided that anyone suspected of high treason could be imprisoned without bail or trial by six members of the Privy Council until the Council decided otherwise or the Act expired. The present act expired on April 17, 1689. Notably, members of both houses of Parliament were exempt from imprisonment under this statute. This was the first formal suspension of habeas corpus in England after the codification of the right in 1640 and 1679. English Short-Title Catalogue R223070.
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