Lawrence Braddon: Reflexions on the Vindication of the Countess Dowager of Essex

Scope and Content

'Reflexions on the vindication of the Countess Dowager of Essex & Bishop of Salisbury in gazetts of the 31st of July 4th and 7th of this present August and the Bishops reasons for the self murther consider'd and answer'd as also an abstract of what hath been most materially prov'd and made publick in detection of the barbarous murder of that unfortunate Lord Arthur (late) Earl of Essex in a letter to Mr. T. F. written by Lawrence Braddon Gent.', 30 folios. It is dated on p.57 12 August 1690. Inside the front cover: 'J. Lee. Hartwell, bound by Mr. Marshall Novr. 1844, No. 19/26'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lawrence Braddon (d. 1724), politician, was called to the bar at the Middle Temple. He was imprisoned in 1683 after he spread rumours that the death of the Earl of Essex in the Tower had been the result of murder. He was released in 1689, and in 1695 became solicitor to the wine licence office. His published works included material concerning Essex's death. Braddon died on 29 November 1724.

Arthur Capel, Earl of Essex (1631-1683), was sent to the Tower in 1682 for plotting against Charles II with James Scott, Duke of Monmouth. He was found dead with his throat slit in July 1683. Although he probably committed suicide, some contempories claimed Essex had been murdered on the orders of the court.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by W. Aldis Wright, 1906.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Lawrence Braddon in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. II (London, 1908), pp. 1063-1064.

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Custodial History

The volume was lot 1522 in J. Lee's sale at Sotheby's, 10 April 1876.


The volume is supplementary to the publication Essex's innocency and honour vindicated, dated 15 April 1690.