Considerations Touching the Great Question of the King's Right in...
A Defense of the Declaration of Indulgence by a Roman Catholic Martyr Langhorne, Richard [1624?-1679]. Considerations Touching the Great Question of the King's Right in Dispensing with the Penal Laws. Written on the Occasion of His Late Blessed Majesties Granting Free Toleration and Indulgence. London: Printed by H.H. for the assigns of R. Langhorne, 1687. [ii], ii, 31,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in recent quarter sheep over textured boards, raised bands, blind fillets and gilt title to spine, marbled endpapers. Moderate rubbing and light wear to spine, corners bumped, ownership signature (of J.A.S. Proctor, dated 1968) to verso of front free endpaper, typed notes on Langhorne pasted to verso of front endleaf. Light toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, light creasing to a few leaves. $650. * Only edition, one of two 1687 imprints. Langhorne was a Roman Catholic barrister who provided legal and financial advice to Jesuits in London. Swept up in the Popish Plot, a cruel anti-Catholic hoax devised by Titus Oates and Israel Tonge, he was executed for treason in 1679. This work defends Charles II's extension of greater religious liberty to nonconformists and Roman Catholics in the 1672 Declaration of Indulgence. Published posthumously, it features a dedication signed by his son. Langhorne was beatified as a Catholic martyr by Pope Pius XI in 1929. English Short-Title Catalogue R10974.
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