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    Whitelocke, Sir Bulstrode & William Penn. Memorials of the English Affairs, From the Suppos'd Expedition of Bute to this Island, to the End of the Reign of King James the First. Publish'd from his Original Manuscript with some Account of his Life and Writings by William Penn, Esq., Governour of Pensylvania. And a Preface by James Welwood. M.D. London: E[dward] Curll, E. Sanger, J. Pemberton, 1709. Folio. ¹1, A-C2, A-2C2, 2C*2, 2D2, 2D*2, 2E2, 2E*2, 2D-3I2, [3K]2.3K-4K2, 4L1,a-h2. [6], vii, [1], 310, [32]p. Modern calf-backed cloth, spine gilt, minor soling, a few leaves toned and foxed, a few pencil marks, generally a nice copy. First Edition with William Penn's Life [one of three states of the imprint with no priority]. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $450.00

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    Whitelocke, Bulstrode, appointed Lord Whitelocke under the protectorate (1605-1675), lawyer and politician. " important contribution to history in Bulstrode Whitelocke's Memorials of the English Affairs from the accession of Charles I to the restoration, first published in 1682, with a somewhat pretentious preface (by the earl of Anglesea). Though in these Memorials the writer does not make any apparent attempt to disguise his opinions, he betrays no intention of colouring his statement of facts either to suit those opinions or to gratify any demand for literary display. By the Whig writers of the earlier part of the eighteenth century he was contrasted to his advantage with Clarendon; but, in point of fact, there is no basis of comparison between them; for the substance of Whitelocke's Memorials was not put together till after the restoration, and their form admitted of their being extracted at second-hand from the most ordinary sources. At the same time, they are, to make debates more easily understood, interspersed with some more or less verbatim reports of speeches delivered by the writer, as well as with detailed accounts of transactions in which he was personally engaged (such as the Oxford peace negotiations in 1644), together with other fragments of his various autobiographical productions. Thus, the spirit has not entirely gone out of the compilation, and these Memorials retain a value not only for lawyers and students of constitutional history, though their importance as an actual narrative of facts has probably, from more points of view than one, been greatly overrated. Whitelocke occasionally deviates into subjects of less severity - such as his long account of the Inns of court masque in October, 1633, ending with the telling phrase: "These dreams passed and these pomps vanished." The Memorials, of course, increase in interest as the times become more and more critical; the account of the king's trial is full of sympathy, which may or may not have been ex post facto. Indeed, in general, Whitelocke showed throughout the civil troubles, the moderation which accorded with his training and his disposition; and this quality which, at the restoration, preserved to him the bulk of his fortune, is impressed upon the character and style of his Memorials at large. [Camb. Hist. of Eng. & Amer. Literature, VII.] ESTC t172071.Lowndes 2906. Straus, Unspeakable Curll, 209. Smith, Friend's 2.922 & 2.320.    

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