Magistrates of Ghent’s speech

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  • Reference
      GB 123 DWL/RB/1/172
  • Former Reference
      GB 123 Treatises v.132 Treatises v.1
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      f 1 (f 1v is blank); 300 x 175 mm.

Scope and Content

A translation from French of the 'Magistrates of Gant’s Speech upon the delivery of their keyes'. ‘Most mighty Monarch, they that change their Lords before an invincible necessity compells them to it; doe but begett by their revolt as ill a character for themselves in their new governours, as in their old they left.’ Written by an unknown hand.


Black considers the date to have been added by Baxter or Morrice.

Other Finding Aids

Argent / Black v.132 (also listed as Treatises v.1); Thomas p.17


Attached as part of the Appendix to Bradbury’s Eikon Basilike A Semon Preach’d The 29th of May 1715 (1715). The magistrates speak of the weakness of the Spanish crown and the perfidiousness of the English and plea for the protection of King Louis XVI of France as they deliver their city to the commanders of his military forces. For Thomas Bradbury (1676/7-1759) see ODNB.