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Lot 125
PARLIAMENT – LIVERPOOL and LANCASHIRE.Collection of some twenty-seven letters, largely on parliamentary or county business, addressed to John Blackburne of Orford Hall, near Warrington, Lancashire, the majority from his nephew Thomas Brotherton, MP for Liverpool in 1694-5 and from 1696 to 1701 for Newton
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PARLIAMENT – LIVERPOOL and LANCASHIRE
Collection of some twenty-seven letters, largely on parliamentary or county business, addressed to John Blackburne of Orford Hall, near Warrington, Lancashire, the majority from his nephew Thomas Brotherton, MP for Liverpool in 1694-5 and from 1696 to 1701 for Newton, the first letter (unsigned but seemingly in Brotherton's hand) announcing the parliamentary resolution on James II's flight: "Resolved./ That King James the second having endeavoured to subvert the Constitution of the Kingdom by breaking the Originall Contract between the King & People & by the Advice of Jesuits & other Wicked Persons having Violated the Fundamentall Laws, & having withdrawn himself out of this Kingdom, hath Abdicated the Government, & that the Throne is thereby Vacant./ This Vote of the Commons was carried up this day to the Lords for their Concurrence...", dated 29 January 1688/89, his other letters written during his tenure as MP, giving a detailed account of day-to-day Commons business, covering topics such as duties on coal and rock-salt, the land tax bill; other letters being from his son and namesake when an Oxford undergraduate in 1712 ("...my study is well furnished with good books, such as my tutor has recommended me to..."), etc., many with address panels, bearing Bishop Marks, etc., some 40 pages, dust-staining and wear but nevertheless still in attractive condition, mostly folio, 1688-1723

Footnotes

  • Included among these letters is one signed by the translator and literary editor John Chamberlayne, written in 1701 as first Secretary to the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, seeking support for the SPCK from county gentry such as Blackburne, and one signed by the amateur musician Edward Finch, Rector of Wigan (formerly an MP and Under-Secretary of State to his brother Daniel, second Earl of Nottingham), also signed by his brother Henry, soliciting Blackburne's vote for their nephew and Mr Bridgeman in 1708.

Saleroom notices

  • The estimate should read £600-800.
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