The Security of English-Mens Lives, Or the Trust, Power, And Duty of.

Somers, John, Baron

Publication Date: 1682
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A Landmark Work on Grand Juries [Somers, John Somers, Baron (1651-1716), Attributed]. The Security of English-Mens Lives, Or the Trust, Power, And Duty of the Grand Jurys of England. Explained According to the Fundamentals of the English Government, And the Declarations of the Same Made in Parliament by Many Statutes. Published for the Prevention of Popish Designs Against the Lives of Many Protestant Lords and Commoners, Who Stand Firm to the Religion and Ancient Government of England. London: Printed for Benj. Alsop, 1682. 168 pp. Octavo (6" x 3-3/4"). Recent calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine. Moderate toning to text, negligible faint dampstaining to rear quarter of text, faint dampspotting to a few leaves, internally clean. $400. * Second edition. This influential pamphlet defined a hearing before grand jury of peers as a fundamental English right. An assertion of the priority of the law over the English crown, it was written to support the right of a grand jury to reject the bill of indictment against Anthony Ashley-Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, issued by Charles II (a pro-Catholic monarch). Published anonymously, this work is attributed in most sources to Somers. A barrister of the Middle Temple and an important Whig statesman, he was Lord Chancellor of England during the reigns of William and Mary and Queen Anne and presided over the framing of the Bill of Rights (1689). As one would suspect, this book was studied by the American founding fathers. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:378 (34). English Short-Title Catalogue R10363. Bookseller Inventory # 63694

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Title: The Security of English-Mens Lives, Or the ...

Publication Date: 1682

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