: The Parliaments Plea: or XX· Reasons for the Union of the Parliament & Army Presented to Publick Consideration. Wherein the whole Matter betwixt Parliament and Army is argued, and this new Interruption condemned.


 

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, Printed & Published by Special Permission and Command of the Members of Parliament, 1659, 1st Edition. Hardcover, 4to, 21 [3]pp. Full calf with gilt titles on spine, spine ends worn with small loss, corners bumped, half title present, short repaired tear to lower corner of title page extending into date at foot of page, damp stain to lower corner throughout, some light browning.

The petition at the end of this pamphlet is dated 27 October 1659 and the Thomason copy is annotated "8ber [i.e. October] 25" dating it shortly after the army, under the command of John Lambert, had once more excluded the Rump from Parliament. They had first been excluded by Oliver Cromwell in April 1653 but recalled in May 1659 following the removal by the army of his son Richard from the position of Lord Protector. However the army and parliament were soon disagreeing over where power ultimately resided, a disagreement eventually settled by the actions of General Monck which led to the restoration of Charles II.

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