London. 1689. 20pp. Small quarto. 20th-century brown morocco, spine gilt. Modern bookplate of Frederick B. Adams, Jr. on front pastedown. Internally clean. Near fine. Item #WRCAM46681
A most important work for the history of New England. Sir Edmund Andros, the governor of Massachusetts appointed by Charles II, was overthrown in the spring of 1689 because of his harsh and overbearing rule. This pamphlet explains the position of those who removed him from power and their protestations of loyalty to the British Crown. Following Byfield's text is a printing of Increase Mather's THE DECLARATION OF THE GENTLEMEN..., on pages 7-19. Page 20 prints a letter to Sir Edmund Andros, royal governor of the Dominion of New England, written and signed in type by prominent Boston citizens on April 18, 1689, demanding the surrender of the government. Scarce. CHURCH 708. SABIN 9708. ESTC R17463. WING B6379.