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The commemoration of national deliverances, and the dawning day: two sermons, preached November 5th and 17th, 1792, at How’s-Lane chapel, Plymouth.
First edition of the two sermons that resulted in the Baptist minister William Winterbotham’s imprisonment for sedition, preached in Plymouth in 1792. The first, a commemoration both of the Gunpowder Plot and of the Glorious Revolution, was perceived as being rather too enthusiastic about the other revolution in progress across the channel, and the second, preached a couple of weeks later, did little to calm the doubters. Found guilty of sedition at Exeter in July 1793, Winterbotham was sentenced to two years imprisonment. These were not, however, wasted: while in Newgate, he composed one of the most comprehensive early surveys of the United States, An historical, geographical, commercial, and philosophical view of the American United States (4 volumes, 1795), as well as a similar but less extensive work on China.
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THE DECLARATION OF INDULGENCE [JAMES II.]
His Majesties gracious Declaration to all his loving Subjects for Liberty of Conscience.
A major document in the history of free speech and the first step towards religious freedom in Britain, the 1687 Declaration of Indulgence granted liberty of conscience for all religions, and the freedom ‘to meet and serve God after their own way and manner, be it in private houses, or places purposely fired or built for that use’. It also suspended all penal laws against nonconformism as well as the oath of supremacy required for civil and military office. It was promulgated (though not accepted) in Scotland on 12 February and in England and Wales on 4 April. Though it seemed to promise toleration for Dissenters, it was largely intended to pave the way to the appointment of Catholics to prominent positions, and effectively kicked off the train of events that would lead to the Glorious Revolution the following year.
FOUR STEPS POUND, Ezra, and D. G. BRIDSON.
‘Four Steps’ by Ezra Pound. Produced by D. G. Bridson.
Typescript of the broadcast of ‘Four Steps’, as recorded by Bridson in Washington in 1956, aired on the evening of Pound’s release from St Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1958, along with Bridson’s introductory statement, explaining the genesis of the recording. Here Pound carefully explained the four incidents in his life that demonstrated to him the manner in which the executive had exceeded its legal powers, and which led to his controversial Italian broadcasts. It was for these broadcasts that he had been charged with 19 counts of treason in 1945 and then detained as incompetent to stand trial.