An impartial view of the two late Parliaments : their proceedings, and the late ministry, fully justify’d. Together, with the affairs of Convocation: wherein the irregularities of the Lower-House are expos’d, from their original to this present time, and a fair comparison offer’d at, between the late P[arliamen]ts and the last Session.
London, “printed and sold by J.Baker, at the Black-Boy in Pater-Noster-Row” 1711.
8vo. (8) + 398pp. Contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked. An old light stain at foot of inner margins of some early pages (not visible after p.38).
A substantial account of proceedings in the British House of Commons and House of Lords, and at meetings of the Convocation of the Church of England, over the period between 1705 and 1711. It is written from a point of view strongly critical of the Tory party in Parliament and of the High Church party in the Church of England. The book is dedicated, for no obvious reason, to the then youthful 1st Duke of Dorset, and although its text offers no clues at all to the identity of its author, the author does describe himself at the end of his dedication as “your Lordship’s most obedient humble servant P.H.”