London: Printed by J[ohn] D[arby] for Richard Chiswell, 1682. First Edition. Softcover. Small quarto. Collation: A-H4 (final verso blank), COMPLETE. Pagination: 63,  pp. Recent sympathetic wrappers. Small 19th-century printed booklabel on upper left corner of title-page ("1047"). Unobtrusive blind-stamp of the Theological Institute of Connecticut (now known as the Hartford Seminary) on first and least leaves. NB: in 1976 a collection of more than 200,000 books from the Hartford Seminary Library were sold to Emory University, including this one --> deaccessioned from Pitts Theology Library. Preserved in a fine protective case. Very good. Item #584
¶ FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Ours is apparently the only copy on the market. A rare tract condemning Scottish resistance theory, in which the author, an Episcopalian cleric, complains that the Scots had been "unhappily brought into such a corruption of morals as has not been hitherto known among Christians [...] Are not assassinations taught, as well as practis'd amoung us?" (p. 4).
¶ Craufurd echoes the distinction stridently made by Thomas Hobbes in 'Leviathan' who had insisted that "Law, and Right, differ as much as Obligation and Liberty." (SOURCE: Clare Jackson, "Restoration Scotland, 1660-1690: royalist politics, religion and ideas" p. 62).
¶ Craufurd, of Camlard, Dalmellington, was Historiographer Royal of Scotland at the time of Charles II.
¶ REFERENCES: Wing (2nd ed.) C6865. Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.) v. 5, p. 227. Arber's Term Catalogue I, 497. McAlpin Collection IV, p. 93. ESTC R004965. Gerould, Sources of English history of the seventeenth century, 1603-1689, in the University of Minnesota Library (1921), no. 3224. Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Library of the Faculty of Advocates, p. 426. See also 'Scottish Notes and Queries,' vol. VI, no. 4 (Sept. 1892), p. 49, no. 602.