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Algernon Sydney guilty of treason ... conspired to kill King Charles II...



Item # 552196

November 22, 1683

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Nov. 22, 1683  The reverse has a brief but historic report about the trial of Algernon Sydney, the famous English politician and political theorist, and opponent of absolute monarchies. Sydney ultimately became involved in a plot to assassinate King Charles II. He was later indicted for treason, found guilty and executed.
The report, datelined "Westminster, Nov. 21" reads in full: "This day Algernon Sidney, Esq; was Arraigned the 7th Instant at the Kings-Bench-Bar, upon an indictment of High Treason, in Conspiring the Death of the King, and endeavoring to levy War and cause and insurrection in these Kingdoms; was after a long Tryal upon a full Evidence found Guilty of the said High-Treason."
Note: Sidney is one of the namesakes for Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Complete as a single sheet newspaper, nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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