The Life and Death of John of Barneveld

The Life and Death of John of Barneveld


The Life and Death of John of Barneveld

By John Lothrop Motley

Printed In New York For Harper and Brothers

The Volumes are in Very Good ConditionBound in blind ruled green cloth, with the spine divided into five compartments by four blind bands, With gilt lettering. Externally the boards and Spines show little in the way of scuffing, primarily around the heads and tails of the spines, with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some leaves unopened, and with some foxing and toning occasionally, and with some scarce stains or tears otherwise.
The Volumes are Complete with all plates, and with errata and final advertisement in volume II. See below for pagination & dimensions.

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Of John of Barneveld

Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt served as a volunteer for the relief of Haarlem and again at Leiden and in 1576 he obtained the important post of pensionary of Rotterdam, an office which carried with it official membership of the States of Holland. In this capacity his industry, singular grasp of affairs, and persuasive powers of speech speedily gained for him a position of influence. He was active in promoting the Union of Utrecht and the offer of the countship of Holland and Zeeland to William the Silent. He was a fierce opponent of the policies of the Earl of Leicester, the governor‐general at the time, and instead favoured Maurice of Nassau, a son of William. Leicester left in 1587, leaving the military power in the Netherlands to Maurice. During the governorship of Leicester, Van Oldenbarnevelt was the leader of the strenuous opposition offered by the States of Holland to the centralizing policy of the governor.

On 16 March 1586, Van Oldenbarnevelt, in succession to Paulus Buys, became Land’s Advocate of Holland for the States of Holland, an office he held for 32 years. This great office, given to a man of commanding ability and industry, offered unbounded influence in a multi-headed republic without any central executive authority. Though nominally the servant of the States of Holland, Van Oldenbarnevelt made himself the political personification of the province which bore more than half the entire charge of the union. As mouthpiece of the States-General, he practically dominated the assembly. In a brief period, he became entrusted with such large and far-reaching authority in all details of administration, that he became the virtual Prime minister of the Dutch republic. In this office, he effectively acted as counterpart to Maurice of Nassau; a political master to compliment Maurice’s generalship. Van Oldenbarnevelt would fall from grace after the Netherlands gained independence, when his support of the Arminian cause saw him put before a Kangaroo court, filled with his personal enemies, and subsequently executed.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volumes are paginated as follows: Vol. I; [v]-xv-[xvi], [1]-389. : Vol. II; [v]-vii-[viii], [1]-475, [1], [1]-6. The volumes collate as follows: Vol. I; [A]7, B-2B8, 2C4. Vol. II; [A]4, B-2H8, [X]4. The volumes measure about 24 cm. By 165 mm. By 4.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 230 mm. By 150 mm.


bookplate and inscription, on the binders blank and initial blank respectively, of Lily Lytle Macalester Berghmans Laughton, who served as the second Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, from 1873 to her death in 1891. Eliza “Lily” was the daughter of one of Philadelphia’s wealthiest and most influential citizens, Charles Macalester. Macalester, a merchant and director of the Second Bank of the United States, was a friend and advisor to seven Presidents. Lily inherited the faimly estate, Glengarry (now historic Glen Foerd) at her father’s death. A famous Washington and Philadelphia hostess and socialite, Lily married the Secretary of the Belgian Legation at Washington, Alfred C. Berghmans, in 1860. After his death, she was briefly married to James Scott Laughton. With social, financial and political connections, Mrs. Lily Macalester Berghmans Laughton was successful in asking Jay Gould to purchase and donate substantial acreage to Mount Vernon in 1887.

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