Lot 2
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Clarendon, Edward Hyde, Earl of

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4,375 GBP
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  • Clarendon, Edward Hyde, Earl of
  • A Collection of Proceedings in the House of Commons about impeaching the Earl of Clarendon late Lord Chancellor with the debates and speeches concerning that Matter; As also severall Arguments concerning the Nature of Treason by Mr John Vaughan, Serjeant Maynard &c,
  • ink on paper
scribal manuscript in a single hand, recording a series of debates from 26 October to 18 December 1667, with red ruled margins and contemporary pagination, 270 pages, folio, vellum boards gilt, c.1670s


This is one of 22 lots that have been removed from Holywell House, Hampshire, the home of the Villiers family, Earls of Clarendon. They chiefly relate to the life and careers of two contemporaries: Henry Hyde, Viscount Cornbury (1710-53), and Thomas Villiers (1709-86), created successively Baron Hyde of Hindon (1756) and Earl of Clarendon (1776).

Cornbury was the last heir to the Earldom of Clarendon that had been created for the statesman and historian Edward Hyde (1609-1674). Cornbury had Jacobite sympathies but was MP for the University of Oxford – with which his family had powerful connections – from 1732 until 1751. He became disillusioned with politics in the later 1740s and spent his final years in France. Cornbury counted Pope and Swift amongst his friends, and was himself the author of pamphlets and at least two plays (see lots 6 and 7). He died, unmarried, in Paris in 1753. Most of Cornbury’s property was inherited by his niece, Charlotte (née Capel). Thomas Villiers, second son of the Earl of Jersey, was her husband. Villiers had spent the 1730s and ‘40s as a diplomat mostly in the German-speaking world (none of his diplomatic papers are included in this offering) and, following his retirement from the diplomatic service, he entered government in the 1760s. As Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1771-82 and 1783-86), Clarendon was in Cabinet during the American War of Independence (see lots 14-19).

Catalogue Note

These debates in the Commons enjoyed circulation in manuscript in the years after Clarendon's banishment, and were printed in 1700 from a text similar to this scribal copy.