New York. September 28, 1775. Broadside, approximately 9 x 8 inches. Marginal chips and tears, adhesive residue on blank verso. Light tanning. Good. In a half morocco box. Item #WRCAM53588
An extremely rare revolutionary-era New York broadside, promulgated by the Friends to Liberty in September 1775, encouraging electors to reject sitting pro-British Aldermen and Council members in the upcoming election in favor of candidates that supported independence. The short text reads: "Gentlemen, The Conduct of several of the Magistrates of this City, having for a considerable Time been so notoriously inimical and unfriendly to the Liberties of this Country, and diametrically opposite to the Sentiments of a number of their Constituents; who, therefore, without any private Pique, or party Resentment, but purely to promote and serve the general Cause, have agreed to choose the undermentioned Gentlemen as Guardians of their City Liberties for the ensuing Year; they having shown a hearty Disposition to serve their oppressed and bleeding Country; and are therefore recommended to all true Friends of American Liberty...." The broadside goes on to name fourteen men, one candidate for Alderman and Common Council in each of the seven wards of New York City, and to call for a meeting of the Friends to Liberty at the Liberty Pole to take place at 8 o'clock the next morning. A fascinating, highly ephemeral, and rare piece of early Revolutionary history in New York. ESTC locates only one copy of this broadside, at the Library of Congress. ESTC W6713. EVANS 14485.