PEACE AND SAFETY FOR THE WHOLE KINGDOM OR, AN EXPEDIENT FOR SAFE AND WELL-GROUNDED PEACE BETWEEN THE KING AND HIS PEOPLE. Richard Farrar.

PEACE AND SAFETY FOR THE WHOLE KINGDOM OR, AN EXPEDIENT FOR SAFE AND WELL-GROUNDED PEACE BETWEEN THE KING AND HIS PEOPLE.

As also for the speedy settlement of all interests. Studyed and published for the honor of the Kings Majesty, his Royal Posterity, the present and future happiness of the whole Kingdom. This Expedient was read by the Author himself at the Bar of the House of Peers, the Sixth day of July, 1648. Pp. 16(last blank), one small decorative initial; small f'cap. 4to; bound in later (but not recent) qr. red calf, the spine ruled in gilt around 5 raised bands and with gilt lettered black leather title label, marbled papered boards, slightly rubbed, fore-corners lightly worn; a few tiny edge chips and splits, a little light foxing and soiling (including a couple of small ink stains); London, 1648. First edition. Wing F522. *'This Day Mr. Farrer was called in, and read what he had conceived to be a good Way for procuring of a safe and well-grounded Peace. And the House gave him Thanks, for his Pains and Zeal and good Assections expressed in his Desires of settling of a safe and well-grounded Peace; and, upon Occasion, they will consider of them in convenient Time'. [from the House of Lords Journal, Volume 10, entry for 6 July, 1648]. The pamphlet is dedicated to the Earl of Manchester, \lquote Speaker of the House of Peers'. Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester (1602-1671) was a prominent commander of Parliamentary forces early in the Civil War, and for a time was Oliver Cromwell's superior officer. He was in supreme command at the battle of Marston Moor, but by November 1644 he strongly expressed his disapproval of continuing the war, and in 1645 he resigned his command. Thereafter he played a leading role in negotiations for an arrangement with the King. He opposed the trial of Charles, and retired from public life during the Commonwealth. \fs22 He \fs24 actively assisted the Restoration of Charles II, and in 1661 he was made a Knight of the Order of the Garter. Richard Farrar was also the author of An expedient for the king, or, King Charles his peace-offering, sacrificed at the altar of peace, for a safe and well-grounded peace the welfare and happiness of all in generall, and every subject in particular.... Farrar's plea that he be given 'free liberty from both Houses of Parliament to repair to his Majesty to the Isle of Wight, & there to deliver him the particulars in writing, and by discourse' was not granted, although some negotiations with the king were held at Newport. (In November 1647, Charles had fled his army guards and escaped to the Isle of Wight). At the end of 1648, Charles was moved to Windsor Castle, and in January 1649, the House of Commons indicted him on a charge of treason, passing a bill creating a separate court for his trial. On January 30, 1649 he was executed. Item #131127

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