The extensive title page includes the following details:
'Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town, Representative of the County of Nottingham in the Long Parliament, and of the Town of Nottingham in the First Parliament of Charles II, Etc.'.
'With Original Anecdotes of Many of the Most Distinguished of his Contemporaries, and a Summary Review of Public Affairs: Written by his Widow Lucy, Daughter of Sir Allen Apsley, Lieutenant of the Tower, Etc.'. '
'Now First Published from the Original Manuscript by the Rev. Julius Hutchinson, to Which is Prefixed the Life of Mrs Hutchinson, Written by Herself, A Fragment'.
Published in 1806 by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. Half leather binding with marbled boards, with red/pink dyed edges to the text block. Frontispiece illustration of Colonel Hutchinson, two full-page illustrations of Nottingham Castle, and a fold-out family tree of Hutchinson and his descendants. Footnotes in the text.
Colonel John Hutchinson (1615–1664) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England from 1648 to 1653 and in 1660. He was one of the Puritan leaders, and fought in the parliamentary army in the English Civil War.
As a member of the high court of justice in 1649 he was 13th of 59 Commissioners to sign the death-warrant of King Charles I. Although he avoided the fate of some of the other regicides executed after the Restoration, he was exempted from the general pardon, only to the extent that he could not hold a public office. In 1663, he was accused of involvement in the Farnley Wood Plot, was incarcerated and died in prison.
Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681) was an English translator, poet, and biographer. The daughter of Sir Allen Apsley, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, and Lady Lucy St. John.
She has a place in literature for her biography of her husband, Memoirs Of The Life Of Colonel Hutchinson, in addition to her works in poetry and translation. In the book she records that he had many notable victories in the Civil War, including at Shelford Manor on 27 October 1645. In this battle he defeated his kin Colonel Philip Stanhope, the fifth son of the 1st Earl of Chesterfield. Lucy may have even seen the battle, as their estate of Owthorpe was only a few miles away.
Memoirs Of The Life Of Colonel Hutchinson throws lights upon the characteristics and conditions of the life of Puritans of good family. Intended for her family only, it was printed by a descendant in 1806, and cleared away many false impressions about the narrowness and austerity of the educated Puritans. Published after her husband's death, the series of elegies mourned her spouse and offered political critiques of the royal court. The manuscript was primarily made up of a sequence of 23 poems with some attempt at putting them in a coherent order. Throughout her poems, Hutchinson lamented her husband's death, honoured his life, and moved toward an acceptance of his death, while commenting on the English political structure following the Restoration.
A fascinating and attractive antiquarian book in pretty good condition.
Some rubbing wear to the leather of the covers. The marbled boards are quite bright, the end papers are split along the internal hinge, although the spine split is still firmly attached. There is some yellowing of the pages, some foxing spots. but this is not excessive. A few pages have one or two pencil marks. The binding is very firm and sound.