Saturday, 25 September 2010

Catholic Conspiracy Deprives Man of Ink

Many believed Titus Oates when he alleged in 1678 that there existed a Catholic conspiracy to assassinate King Charles II. The King laughed at such a fantastical story and ordered the arrest of Oates. But Oates was saved by Parliament and the anti-Catholic hysteria that had gripped the country. William Coventry was among those who bought into the story of the Popish plot and protested against Oates' being deprived of his writing instruments:

Pen, ink and paper to be forbidden a man,is an extraordinary restraint.

William Coventry talking to the House of Commons, Grey's Debates of the House of Commons, vol. 6, 1769.
Image from Gentleman's Magazine 1849.


  1. Good that the pencil was already available at that time ;)

  2. I can't see a way to comment on your new Tumblr blog, so I thought I'd post here instead. I'm humbled and honoured to be inkluded in the first entry, and I shall do my best to live up to the sartorial standards set by those two gentlemen. To answer your question ('Is it not peculiar to go to market and think of one’s fellow bloggers?'): no, I don't think it's peculiar. I went to the supermarket this morning, where I saw a sign advertising some kind of deal on bottles of Chablis. My first thought was, 'Oh, that's what was being consumed at Palais Palimpsest last night, according to Twitter'.

  3. Indeed it was Chablis consumed at Palais Palimpsest and Madame Palimpsest is honoured in turn to have been in the thoughts of the sartorial Captain of the Noughtilus. And raises glass to many more voyages to follow.

    I have just installed Disqus which now allows commentators to comment on Palimpsest collections at Inklink.