“Had More To Do With Preparing The Minds Of American Colonists For The American
Revolution Than… Coke, Sidney And Locke”
2. CARE, Henry.
London, 1682. Small octavo, contemporary full brown sheep
rebacked with original spine laid down, custom clamshell box.
Rare first edition, containing printings of the
Magna Charta and other seminal documents
on the separation of church and state, the
right to religious liberty, trial by jury and oth-
er founding principles. It had more to do with
preparing the minds of American colonists
for the American Revolution than the larger
but less accessible works of Coke, Sidney and
Locke” (Hudson, 580–85).
Care was tried in
1680 for attacking the Church of England,
linking some of its high-ranking members
to the alleged Popish Plot of 1678. The jury
found him guilty, and Care was prohibited
from printing his journal.
contains “the most
important documents and statements in
English history and law concerning liberty,
property and the rights of the individual...
Benjamin Franklin knew its contents thor-
oughly” (Lemay, 74). “His vocabulary and
ideas appeared in the writings of the found-
ing fathers of the United States—Samuel
Adams, John Adams, John Dickinson and
Hamilton. In their speeches and writings
may be found exactly the same language
that Care used in
praised the ‘two main pillars of the British
Constitution,’ identifying those pillars as
parliament and trial by jury… His ideas,
like those of William Penn and John Locke,
which they profoundly resemble, were ahead
of their time” (Schwoerer, 231–5). Near-fine.