PARLIAMENTARY PETITIONS AND CASES -- A bound volume of petitions, 1/2°, one page, unless otherwise stated, usually with docket title on verso, including:
To ... the House of Commons ... the Humble Petition of William Armstrong, John Evans, John Norbourne, Daniel Hall, Benjamin Devenish, Samuel Ball, and Albion Thompson. [London? 1715?]. Petitition 'relating to the coynage for the settlement' of a proposed colony lying between Nova Scotia and New England. The date 1760 is suggested by ESTC. ONE RECORDED COPY (New York Historical Society).
The Case of Charles Lord Baltemore, a Minor, with relation to his Government of Maryland. [London? 1715]. ONE RECORDED COPY (Bodleian). Hanson 2149.
The Most Sad and Deplorable Case of Robert Blackburne, John Bernardi, Robert Cassills, Robert Meldrum and James Chambers ... presented to ... Parliament. [London: 1715?]. The above were imprisoned in 1696, accused of plotting to assassinate William III; held in prison without trial for many years thereafter, under provision of acts of Parliament, three of them published a further petition in 1727. 4 recorded copies.
The Case of the Lady Bowes and her Agents. [London: 1715?]. The case between Lady Bowes and Sidney Wortley Montague involved property rights, and was 'To be heard by the Committe of Priviledges etc. on Wednesday next at 5 o'clock in the Afternoone' (contemporary inscription). ONE RECORDED COPY (Bodleian).
Some Reasons ... offered to the Consideration of ... the House of Lords ... House of Commons by all the 700 Hackney Coachmen and their Widows, to enable them to pay the great tax laid upon them. [London: 1715]. An earlier edition appeared in 1714. ONE RECORDED COPY (Bodleian). Hanson 2193.
Proposals offer'd to the ... House of Commons by the Gloucestershire Clothiers ... for the more effectual preventing the Exportation of Wool. [London? 1715]. 3 recorded copies (Bodleian, Senate House x 2). Hanson 2144; Goldsmiths' 5221.
Presumptive Reasons Why the Governments of ... South and North Carolina, and the Bahama or Lucaios Islands being proprietary governments in America, should (more especially) be reassumed into the hands of the Crown. [London? 1715]. 2 recorded copies (Guildhall Library, Harvard).
Observations relating to the Bill for Relief of Insolvent Debtors ... offer'd to the ... House of Commons. [London: 1715?]. 4 recorded copies. Hanson 2207.
The Case of a Great Number of Poor Confined Debtors, within the several Prisons of Ludgate, the two Compters, and other Prisons in and about the City of London. [London? 1715?]. UNRECORDED IN ESTC.
An answer to the Allegations of the Fishmongers, in their paper intitled, Reasons ... for passing the Bill for preventing the Importation of Fresh Fish caught by Foreigners. [London? 1715] 3 recorded copies (Bodleian, Senate House, California State Library). Hanson 2121; Goldsmiths' 5198.1.
The Case of the Coasting-Fishermen ... in relation to a clause concerning the size of nets, proposed .. in a bill .. for the effectual preventing the importation of fresh fish caught by foreigners. [London? 1715] [and:] An Answer to the Case of the Coasting Fishermen. [London? 1715]. Two petitions, the first accusing the fishmongers of trying 'to obtain a Liberty to bring in Foreign caught Fish in Foreign Bottoms'. 3 copies (Bodleian, Senate House x 2) and 2 copies (Bodleian, Senate House) respectively known. Hanson 2118 & 2119; Goldsmiths' 5198.2 & 5198.3. (2)
[PURSHULL, Conyers?]. Lords Commissioners for the Longitude. [London? 1715?]. (First line of title possibly cropped away, author's name cropped at foot.) An answer to the objections made by the Commissioners to his method. UNRECORDED IN ESTC.
A Petition about the Longitude [docket title]. [London]: 29 April
1714. Sometimes attributed to William Whiston. 4 recorded copies.
Reasons ... offer'd for making the River Kennet a Free River. [London: 1715] [and:] Answers to the (pretended) Reasons ... for making the River Kennet a Free River. [London: 1715]. Two petitions. ONE COPY (CUL) and two copies (NLS, Bodleian) respectively known. 1st not in Hanson; 2nd Hanson 2187. (2)
Proposals (by way of Subscription) for a New and Most Correct Sett of Maps for England and Wales ... according to Mt. Whiston's and Mr. Ditton's new method for the discovery of the longitude. [London: 1715]. Atlas never published? ONE RECORDED COPY (Bodleian).
The Case of the Merchant-Sufferers in the Late Dreadful Fire by the Burning of Sugar, Ginger, Oil and Sarsaparilla. [London: 1715]. 3 known copies (Bodleian, Senate House, Harvard). Hanson 2169; Goldsmith's 5228.1.
Memorial concerning the Difference of the Custom and Duties on Sope imported, and the Duties imposed on that made in Great Britain. [London: 1715?]. 2°. 4p. UNRECORDED IN ESTC.
[HOLLAND, John (d. 1722)]. The Ruine of the Bank of England and All Publick-Credit Inevitable. [London?]: 1715. 4°. ,13,p. (Browned.) Hanson 2180; Goldsmiths' 5236.
[HOLLAND, J.] The Directors of the Bank of England, Enemies to the Great Interest of the Kingdom. London: . 4°. 15,p. Hanson 2179; Goldsmiths' 5253.
The Case of the Royal African-Company and of the Plantations. [London]: 1714. 2°. 3,p. Kress S.2647; Hanson 2011.
BLEAU, Robert. A Letter from one of the Royal African-Company's Chief Agents on the African Coasts. [London? 1713]. (Recto cropped with loss to bottom line.) Hanson 2008.
The Paper-maker's Case .. offer'd to the Consideration of the ... House of Commons. [London: 1714]. Docket title: 'This is English made Paper, arising from the Dunghil, by the Industry and Labour of the Poor, which will be ruin'd by a further Duty'. 5 recorded copies. Hanson 2057.
Reasons ... offered to the ... House of Commons for relieving the Fair-Dealer in Pepper. [London: 1714]. Against smuggling. 4 recorded copies. Hanson 1999; Goldsmiths' 5121.
The Case of the Merchants and Planters, trading to and residing in Virginia and Maryland. [London? 1713]. Hanson 1895; Goldsmiths' 5003.
Together 26 petitions and tracts, bound in one volume with 62 similar publications, numbered in pencil. (A few titles cropped with some loss.) Contemprary vellum-backed marbled boards, front pastedown inscribed '1715' in ink with further inscription 'Parliament, Petitions and Cases' in pencil.
A LARGE COLLECTION OF RARE PETITIONS, AFFORDING UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE COMMERCIAL LIFE OF ENGLAND AT THE ACCESSION OF GEORGE I. The one-page petitions were designed to be folded up as letters with the docket-title showing on the outside. They mix the personal grievances of merchants, soldiers and imprisoned debtors with mass protests by the members of specific trades or guilds, in particular wool, fishing, soap, tobacco, and the distilleries, often relating to issues of taxation or protectionism and recent or impending legislation. Colonial expansion, Quakerism, electioneering malpractice, land rights, projects concerning the measurement of longitude or how to raise funds from a national lottery, are other recurring subjects among the eighty-eight ephemeral publications.