London. 1776. ,136pp. Dbd., with remnants of original spine present. Some light soiling and foxing. Good. In a blue half morocco and cloth folder. Item #WRCAM44862
Volume IV of Almon's PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER, published by him from 1775 to 1780. This volume contains important political information regarding the American Revolution, including a motion to put America on the same political footing as Ireland, as a means to restore peace there. It also includes some discussion of General Howe's being given the authority to treat for peace with the colonies. Most of the debates revolve around the American question, and the volume closes with the King's Address of May 23, 1776, in which he states: "We are engaged in a great national cause...I am convinced you will not think any price too high...." The volumes - numbering seventeen in all - were edited and published by John Almon, the pre-eminent British printer of political material of his day, and he received assistance from the members of the Commons, who supplied him with copies of their speeches (some of which were no doubt altered for posterity). It should be remembered that there was no regular authorized system of reporting Parliamentary debates at this time or for many decades to come, and that the collection and organizing of this publication was undertaken entirely by Almon. An important source for the American Revolution.