Paper on the suggestion, made by Roger L’Estrange in The Observator, 65 (26 October 1681), that Baxter, following a civil war engagement in Shropshire had removed from a wounded Royalist officer, Thomas Jennings, a medal given to him by King Charles I.
Baxter’s antidote against liars (ie Roger L’Estrange)
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Argent notes 'Baxter believed that L’Estrange was the instigator of the charges brought against him, after Baxter’s A Paraphrase on the New Testament was published in 1685 and for which he suffered imprisonment.' It appears that Baxter had bought the medal some time after Jennings had sustained his injury and six or seven years later, having learned that Jennings was still, alive had returned the medal to him.
Other Finding Aids
Argent / Black vii.232 (also listed as vii.37); Thomas p.8
- For L’Estrange’s traducing of Baxter in newspapers and tracts see N Keeble The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in Later Seventeenth Century England (Leicester 1987) esp ch III.
- See Corr 1107, 1110, 1111, 1113, 1148 and 1174.
- For Sir L'Estrange (1616-1704) generally see, the Tory journalist and polemicist, see Corr 873, 895, 1028, 1047, 1058, 1107, 1110, 1111, 1113, 1148, 1174, McElligott and ODNB.