The Trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell, a part-pack of 24 playing cards,
Reference: Schreiber English 65, Schreiber I, pl.39-42. The British Museum has an incomplete Sacheverell pack in its collection (reference: 1896.0501.922). The impeachment of Dr Henry Sacheverell (1674?-1724) became a cause celebre during the reign of Queen Anne. In his two sermons, Dr. Sacheverell attacked the Whig government- lashing out against its toleration of religious dissenters. In 1710 he was charged with seditious libel, tried, convicted, and sentenced to a three-year suspension from preaching. The trial created a furor, and the light sentence made Sacheverell the victor in the eyes of the public. The Whigs were severely humiliated by the trial.