The Report of the Commissioners appointed by Parliament to Enquire into the Irish Forfeitures, deliver’d to the Honble House of Commons the 15th of December, 1699. With their Resolutions and Addresses to His Majesty Relating to those Forfeitures. As also His Majesty’s Gracious Answers thereunto; and his most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament the 5th of January, 1690.

Published: London: Printed for Edw. Jones ... and Tim. Goodwin

Date: 1700

first edition folio 32pp. including half-title (which reads The report of the Irish Forfeitures, &c), untrimmed as stitched as issued, old transverse crease, some foxing throughout, terminal leaves bit toned, dusty and crinkled, last 2 leaves bit worn at top margin, closed tears (no loss) in first and last leaves repaired with archival tissue, else a very good copy. A very rare survival in its original state as issued and now preserved in a new custom marbled clam-shell case

ESTC r201488 Wing E2704AD cf. Sweeney, 1789 (Dublin printing later in 1700) Collation: [A]² B-H² After the victory of 1690 William III had distributed amongst his supporters land seized from Jacobites, but English Parliament, to assert its authority over the Crown and to recoup some of the money it had expended in William's cause, wished to seize this land and sell it. A commission of seven was established to consider the matter. The objection among the many of Irish Protestant elite "to an English parliamentary inquiry was certainly associated with the controversy stirred up by Molyneux's famous treatise, The case of Ireland's being bound by acts of parliament in England stated, which had been published in the previous year and [which] had been greeted with enthusiasm in Ireland and indignation in England. The inquiry into the Irish forfeitures, and even more so [plans to reverse them] made clear how little respect the English parliament had for colonial assertions of constitutional independence. The theory that Ireland was subject to the king, but not to the parliament, of England was not easily reconciled with the new position brought about by the revolution of 1688, which established parliament, and not the king, as the ultimate authority in England ... When the commissioners reached Ireland they met a hostile reception from the Irish administration, who naturally sided with the king and resented an enquiry which was a direct attack both on the crown and on their own management of the forfeitures" [Simms]. The commissioners soon split into two bitterly opposed factions, with the majority of four accusing the minority of three of, among other things, sympathy with papist claims. This published report which lists the properties to be forfeited is that of the majority and is signed by them. The memorial of the dissenting minority was presented to parliament (in manuscript) but not published. Vide: J. G. Simms The Williamite Confiscation in Ireland 1690-1703 (1956), p.96-109.


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