VIOLET (THOMAS) A True Narrative of the Proceedings in the Court of Admiraltie, against the Ships Sampson, Salvador, and George, their Silver and Lading, 1659
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VIOLET (THOMAS) A True Narrative of the Proceedings in the Court of Admiraltie, against the Ships Sampson, Salvador, and George, their Silver and Lading, 1659
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VIOLET (THOMAS)
A True Narrative of the Proceedings in the Court of Admiraltie, against the Ships Sampson, Salvador, and George, their Silver and Lading, first edition, engraved frontispiece (attributed to Wenceslaus Hollar, repaired with archival tape at inner margin), ownership inscription of Joseph Hews (1753) in upper margin of frontispiece, later calf, worn [Wing V594; Goldsmiths 1456; Kress 1007], small 4to, [no publisher], 1659

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  • An investigation by the goldsmith Thomas Violet into the illegal transport of coin, in which he accused the masters of the ships Samson, Salvador, and George of seeking to export silver. "He claimed to have borrowed a further £675 to pursue his enquiries and to have refused a bribe from the Spanish ambassador to concede that the silver belonged to various merchants in the Spanish Netherlands, and to drop charges. The owners of the vessels were prosecuted in the court of admiralty and the value of the recovered bullion was over £300,000" (ODNB), but Violet was apparently unable to recoup his outlay.
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