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An Appeal to the World, or, A Vindication of the Town of Boston from the many false and malicious Aspersions contain'd in certain Letters and Memorials, written by Governor Bernard, General Gage, Commodore Hood, the Commissioners of the American Board of Customs, and others, and by the respectively transmitted to the Ministry. Published by Order of the Town

Adams, Samuel]

Editorial: Printed and Sold by Edes & Gill, Boston, 1769
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Recently re-sewn into marbled paper over boards, with a printed paper label on the front panel and fresh endpapers, and enclosed in a custom clamshell box with a leather spine lettering piece. This is an unrecorded variant of the first edition. The Adams bibliography notes two states, one with the typographical error on page 18, as indicated in the errata notice on the last page (37) corrected and one with it not corrected. In this copy, however, the errata notice lists two errors, the one on page 18 and an additional one on page 7, and neither of the two is corrected in the text. Pending any further detailed research, it can safely be assumed that this copy represents an intermediate state wherein the second error was detected and added to the errata notice prior to both errors being corrected. This copy is complete, including the final blank leaf, however the title page and its verso have suffered some insect damage resulting in the loss of a portion of the upper right quadrant on the title page, affecting the right-hand portion of the title and about 1/3 of the text on the verso. A facsimile of the first leaf is included in a special pocket provided in the box. The next few leaves also show some marginal damage but none of the text on those leaves is affected. All of the remaining text is remarkably fresh and readable, with unobtrusive library markings on pages 1, 3, and 37. (Adams 62A, Evans 11133, Heartman 509, Sabin 6478.) For several years there had been rising enmity over a number of issues between the Massachusetts Assembly and the appointed Governor of Massachusetts, Francis Bernard. Eventually this led to serious unrest, the unwelcome presence of British troops, and the organization of the Sons of Liberty. And then, a series of inflammatory letters were made public from Governor Bernard, and the others, to the Earl of Hillsborough, who had recently been named Secretary of State for the Colonies. The members of the Assembly, who felt they had been "traduced and villified," appointed a committee to reply to the letters, resulting in this response. The standard reference, "American Independence: The Growth of an Idea" by Thomas R. Adams (1965), notes that this pamphlet was advertised in the "Massachusetts Gazette" and "Boston Weekly Newsletter" for October 26, 1769, and adds that "this was the work of a committee, but apparently much of the actual writing was done by Samuel Adams although a surviving manuscript draft in his hand differs in some particulars from the printed version." Heartman, in the published catalog of his collection, "The Cradle of the United States" (1923), had attributed it only to Samuel Adams and called it "certainly one of the most important pre-revolutionary pamphlets." After a detailed review and refutation of the charges in Bernard's letters, "An Appeal to the World" presents a defense of the actions of the Sons of Liberty (although not one that could be expected to sway the British authorities) in their call to "clear the Land of the Vermin which were come to devour them." Adams then defends the Resolves and Determinations of the Town Meeting of September 12, 1768, which Bernard referred to as "very dangerous Resolves, procured by mad People" as follows: "But as we are free British Subjects, we claim all the Security against arbitrary Power, to which we are entitled by the Law of God and Nature, as well as the British Constitution. And if a Standing Army may not be posted upon the Subjects in one Part of the Empire, in a Time of Peace, without their Consent, there can be no Reason why it should in any other; for all British Subjects are or ought to be alike free." The text concludes with the Resolve taken at the recent Boston Town Meeting that "the Selectmen be and hereby are directed to apply and complain to proper Authority, that the wicked Authors of those incendiary Libels, may be proceeded with according to Law, and brough to condign Punishment.". N° de ref. de la librería GK6229

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Título: An Appeal to the World, or, A Vindication of...

Editorial: Printed and Sold by Edes & Gill, Boston

Año de publicación: 1769

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Good+

Edición: First Edition.

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