London: T. Fawcet, 1642. 4to. [ii], 6 pp. FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE. Title within ruled border, large oodcut initial and headpiece. Disbound; interior in very good condition. Item #17550
Rare second issue of first edition. Wing (E2145) lists a first issue with a different imprint (“by T.F. for N.R.”) published the same year. Issued at the request of the Parliament and carried out by the clerk, John Browne, this pamphlet updates the English public on the current state of a nation on the brink of civil war. By mid-1642, as tensions grew and relations crumbled, the Parliamentarians and the Royalists began to arm themselves. This tract reveals Parliament’s final attempts to negotiate with King Charles I to prevent an all-out war. However, it is certain that the Long Parliament was intent on removing Charles I from power given their hostility and legislative actions against the king in the early 1640’s. The Parliaments resolution claims that they intend to preserve “religion, liberty, and publique safety” which are “like to be overwhelmed and lost in the generall confusion, and calamity of this distracted kingdom.” For this reason among others, Parliament hoped that Charles I would consent to their requests, of course to no avail as war began in earnest during October of 1642.