Boston: Re-printed: and sold by John Boyle...and Mills and Hicks, 1774. 52pp. Dbd. Light, even tanning, scattered foxing (most noticeable on the titlepage). One-inch closed tear in penultimate leaf, not costing any text. About very good. Item #WRCAM55042
Highly uncommon Boston printing of one of the most significant documents of the American Revolution, condensing the most important proceedings of the First Continental Congress between September 5 and October 26, 1774. This publishes the Declaration of Rights, passed October 14, by which Congress asserts the colonists' rights as Englishmen and claims they were violated by the Stamp Act, the Townsend Act, the Coercive Acts, and the Quebec Acts. It further asserts their right to peaceably assemble and have their own legislatures. The Declaration is followed by the Association, by which the colonies bound themselves to an agreement regarding non- importation, non-exportation, and non-consumption of British goods, and resolved to reassemble the following May if wrongs had not been redressed. This is followed by two addresses, one to the people of Great Britain and the other to the inhabitants of the colonies, justifying the conduct of the Congress. These actions laid the basis for American resistance and organized rebellion which escalated into open warfare in the spring of 1775. Needless to say, the actions of the Continental Congress were of the greatest interest in the colonies, and these EXTRACTS... were published first in Philadelphia while Congress was still sitting. Printings followed in Albany, Annapolis, Boston, Hartford, Lancaster, New London, New York, Newport, Norwich, and Providence, all in 1774. Though ESTC notes seven Boston printings in 1774, this is the first copy of any of the Boston printing that we have handled. HOWES E247. EVANS 13728. ESTC W32253. SABIN 15528 (ref). REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 25 (ref).