London: John Partridge and George Whittington, 1648. 4to. 70,  pp. FIRST EDITION. Title in decorated border, woodcut headpiece and initial. Half calf and marbled paper; an excellent copy. Item #17512
First edition. Fairfax (1612–1671) was a commander in the Parliamentarian army during the English Civil Wars. As the war came to a close and King Charles I was cornered at Newport, Fairfax began negotiations for a treaty between the king and Parliament. Other officers in the army, specifically Edmund Ludlow and Henry Ireton, wanted the treaty dissolved and the king tried for treason. On November 16, 1648, Ireton and the council of officers framed out their remonstrance and Fairfax was forced to concede. The remonstrance was printed and issued addressed to Parliament. At the end of the text is a letter by Fairfax expressing his disagreement. A remonstrance directly led to the imprisonment, trial, and execution of Charles I in January 1649.