Place Published: Various
Date Published: 1679 to 1682
Edition: 1st Edition
9 Popish Plot tracts collection items, specifically #4, #9, #10, #11, #13, #16, #16, #19 and #25 about this political and religious controversy from 1679 to 1682.
Concocted by Titus Oates and others (Israel Tonge, William Bedlow, Robert Jenison, and Edward Tuberville), the Popish plot (1678-1681) was an alleged Catholic conspiracy to re-introduce the Catholic faith into England and to assassinate Charles II. Despite it being a fiction, belief in the plot became widespread. At least 22 Catholics were sent to their deaths. Anti-Catholic hysteria precipitated the Exclusion Bill Crisis, which attempted to exclude the King’s brother and heir presumptive, James, Duke of York (a Catholic), from the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland. Eventually, Oates’s intricate web of accusations fell apart, leading to his arrest and conviction for perjury.
#4 The Tryal of Edward Coleman, Gent., for Conspiring the Death of the King, and the Subversion of the Government of England and the Protestant Religion: Who upon Full Evidence Was Found Guilty of High Treason, and Received Sentence accordingly, on Thursday, November the 28th, 1678. London: Printed for Robert Pawlet at the Bible in Chancery-Lane near Fleet-street, 1678. , 104 [i.e. 96] pp. [A]2 B-X2 2A-2D2. Order to print on leaf [A]1v: November 28. 1678. “I do appoint Robert Pawlet to Print the Tryal... no other Person presume to print the same. WILLIAM SCROGGS.” Wing T2185. On 3 December 1678, Edward Coleman (1636-1678), an English Catholic courtier under Charles II and the former private secretary to the Duke of York, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on a treason charge, having been implicated by Titus Oates in his false accusation concerning a Popish plot. Coleman was the second person executed as a Papist collaborator. Sir William Scroggs (c. 1623-1683) was the Lord Chief Justice of England who presided over most of the Popish Plot trials. Black library binding with blank leaves after the text.
#9 Bolron, Robert. The Papists Bloody Oath of Secrecy, and Letany of Intercession for the Carrying on of This Present Plot. With the Manner of Taking the Oath, upon Their Entring into any Grand Conspiracy against the Protestants. As It Was Taken in the Chappel Belonging to Barmbow-Hall, the Residence of Sir Thomas Gascoigne, from William Rushton, a Popish Priest, by Me Robert Bolron. Together, with Some further Informations, Relating to the Plot, and Murther of Sir Edmundbury Godfrey. Jovis 16th. die Decembris, 1680. Ordered, That Mr. Robert Bolron Have Liberty from This House, to Print and Publish the Said Oath of Secrecy and Letany, William Goldsbrough, Cler. Dom. Com. London: printed for Randal Taylor, near Stationers-Hall, 1680. 23,  pp. [A]² B-F². Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) B3502; ESTC (RLIN) R019392. According to Bolron who was a Roman Catholic, he was offered large bribes to engage in the Papist plot against the life of the King, but, realising the wickedness of those designs, he resolved to give information to the local magistrates, on whose refusal to act on it, he hastened to London, and made a deposition before the Earl of Shaftesbury. Disbound.
#10 A Collection of the Substance of Several Speeches and Debates Made in the Honourable House of Commons, Relating to the Horrid Popish Plot, upon Occasion of the Bill for Disabling James Duke of York from Inheriting the Imperial Crown of This Realm. To Which Is Prefixt a Speech of the Noble Lord L--- against Roger L’Estrange, in the House of Peers: and Also a Copy of Two Bills. The One for Disabling James D. of York, the Other for Ease to all Protestant Dissenters, by Taking away the Stat. 23. & 28. Q. Eliz. & 3. K. Jam. &c. Which Passed the House of Commons Last Session of Parliament, Begun at Westminster the 21. Nov. and Dissolved by Proclamation 18. Jan. 1680. Published to Prevent the Abuses of Written Copies. London: Printed for Francis Smith, at the Elephant and Castle near the Royal Exchange in Cornhil, 1681. 20 pp. A-E². Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) E2538; ESTC; R22701. Imperfections on cover, some tears in pages, folded corners. Disbound.
#11 Dugdale, Stephen. The Information of Stephen Dugdale, Gent., Delivered at the Bar of the House of Commons, Munday the First Day of November in the Year of Our Lord 1680. Perused and Signed to Be Printed According to the Order of the House of Commons by Me, William Williams, Speaker. London: Printed by the assigns of John Bill, Thomas Newcomb and Henry Hills, Printers to the Kings most Excellent Majesty, 1680. , 11,  pp. [A]-D². Wing; D2475. Stephen Dugdale (1640?-1683) was an English informer, and self-proclaimed discoverer of parts of the Popish plot. His false testimony led to the execution of the Catholic nobleman Lord Stafford, the Jesuit Provincial Thomas Whitbread, and the barrister Richard Langhorne. Disbound.
#13 [Heneage Finch Nottingham, Earl of]. The Speech of the Lord High Steward, in Westminster Hall, at the Time of His Pronouncing the Judgment of the House of Peers, against the Lord Viscount Stafford, the seventh of December, 1680. London: Printed by the Assigns of John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1680. 12 pp. [A]-C². Wing N1409, Wing 2nd ed. S4864. On testimony from Titus Oates, Stephen Dugdale, and Edward Tuberville, William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford was convicted of treason and executed at Tower Hill. Disbound.
#15 John Macnamara. The Information of John Macnamara, Gent. Touching the Popish Plot in Ireland: Carried on by the Conspiracies of the Earl of Tyrone, and Others His Confederates, to Deliver up That Kingdom to the French King, and Establish the Popish Religion Therein. Being All Matter of fact, Delivered upon Oath to His Majesty, and both Houses of Parliament, in Novemb. 1680. , 23,  pp. ² [A]² B-G². Wing (2nd ed) M224. In 1679 Richard Power, 1st Earl of Tyrone (1630-1690) was charged with treason for alleged complicity in the Popish plot. He was imprisoned in Dublin Castle and later in Gatehouse at Westminster. In 1681 he was released and was appointed Privy Counsellor in 1686. Disbound.
#16 John Macnamara, Maurice Fitzgerrald, and James Nash. The Several Informations of John Mac-Namarra, Maurice Fitzgerrald, and James Nash: Gent. Relating to the Horrid Popish Plot in Ireland Together with the Resolutions of the Commons in Parliament, upon the Said Informations and Message from the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament. Thursday the 6th. of January. 1680. London: Printed for John Wright, at the Crown on Ludgate-hill, and Richard Chiswell, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard., 1680. , 15,  pp. [A]-E². Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) S2766; Early English books tract supplement interim guide 816.m.2. The Popish plot extended across the sea to Ireland. Depositions were obtained from informers about the alleged Catholic conspiracy. Disbound.
#19 Edward Stillingfleet. The Mischief of Separation. A Sermon Preached at Guild-Hall Chappel, May 11. MDCLXXX. Being the First Sunday in Easter-term, before the Lord Mayor, &c. London: Printed for Henry Mortlock, at the Phoenix in St. Pauls Church-yard, and at the White Hart in Westminster Hall, 1680. , 59,  pp. A-H I². Wing S5604_VARIANT. Stillingfleet (1635-1699), Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and later Bishop of Worcester after the Glorious Revolution, defended the Episcopacy against attacks by Dissenters who were against Episcopal authority and by Roman Catholics who felt the bishops had deserted the true Christian faith. Grey wrapper.
#25 Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, Earl of Danby. The Arguments of the Right Honourable the Earl of Danby the Second Time, at the Court of King's-Bench at Westminster, upon his Lordship's Motion for Bail, the 29th. day of June, term. Trin. 1682: as They Were Then Exactly Taken. London: Printed for Richard Tonson within Grayes-Inn Gate next Grayes-Inn Lane, 1682. , 4, 7-15,  pp. [A1] B-D² E1. ESTC R11803; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996) L922. Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds, Earl of Danby (1632- 1712), was an English Tory politician and peer. A leading figure in the English government and responsible for securing a warrant to obtain copies of Edward Coleman’s papers, he was impeached and eventually imprisoned in the Tower of London for five years until James II of England was accessed in 1685. Hole on the last leaf. Disbound.
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