London: Printed for Edward Jones, and Timothy Goodwin, 1701. 61pp. Folio. Modern three quarter calf and cloth boards, gilt title on front board, spine gilt with two raised bands. Bookplates on front endpapers, contemporary ownership signature on titlepage. Very good. Item #WRCAM29809
Proceedings in the House of Commons regarding the impeachment of the Earl of Portland, the Earl of Orford, Lord Somers and Lord Halifax in March-April 1701. The Earl of Portland was one of the main negotiators of the Second Partition Treaty which sought to stave off what became the War of Spanish Succession. The treaty was wildly unpopular in England, and after its signing discontent among the public and in the House of Commons led to impeachment proceedings against Portland, along with Orford, Somers, and Halifax, who were said to be cognizant of the negotiations. Somers and Orford were eventually acquitted, and the charges against Portland and Halifax were dismissed. GOLDSMITHS 3839. SOWERBY, JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY 2909. DAB II, pp.285-92.