Conference between the Commissaries of Massachusets-Bay [sic]
[HUTCHINSON, Thomas, et al]. A Conference between the Commissaries of Massachusets-Bay [sic], and the Commissaries of New-York; at New-Haven in the Colony of Connecticut. 1767. Boston: Printed by Richard Draper..., 1768. ,26,pp. Quarto. 19th-century 3/4 straight-grained morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Binding worn and rubbed, joints worn. Titlepage stained and soiled, a few small chips at edges, not affecting text; repair on verso mending closed tears in titlepage gutter, else clean and very good. In a half red morocco and brown cloth slipcase and chemise, spine gilt. Brinley Sale 2751 (this copy). Evans 10965. HOWES M-376, "b." Sabin 45689. ESTC W30474. The George Brinley copy, with his sale's auction ticket on the front pastedown. An important example of the diplomacy practiced among British colonies in the pre-Revolutionary era. This publication records the proceedings of a conference held in New Haven to settle a boundary dispute between New York and Massachusetts in which Massachusetts claimed "the whole territory, within their North and South limits, from the Atlantic Ocean to the South Sea." The commissioners representing New York were Robert R. Livingston, William Smith, and William Nicol. The Massachusetts commissioners were Thomas Hutchinson, William Brattle, and Edward Sheaffe. A rare item, printed for distribution to members of the Massachusetts legislature. This is the issue without the appendix, of which only eight copies are located by NAIP. A fine example of inter-colonial diplomatic relations, an under-studied but vitally important aspect of the history of British North America, with a distinguished provenance.