Item #82451 Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North

Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North

Item #82451

(CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). The Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North America, Now Met in General Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms. The Letter of the Twelve United Colonies by Their Delegates in Congress to the Inhabitants of Great Britain, Their Humble Petition to His Majesty, and Their Address to the People of Ireland. Collected Together for the Use of Serious Thinking Men, by Lovers of Peace. Read with Candour: Judge with Impartiality. London: [n.p.], 1775. 1st London ed. vi,[3]-32pp. Antique-style 3/4-gilt-ruled calf and marbled boards, red morocco spine label. Scattered light foxing, pen and ink sketch of a horse being ridden by a dog on rear leaf, not affecting text, else very good. HOWES D-198. ESTC N67720. Sabin 19160. Adams, American Controversy 75-149d. Lapidus, Liberty & the American Revolution, pp.65-5. Reese, The Revolutionary Hundred 34. The first London edition of this crucial Revolutionary document - the declaration of Congress issued July 6, 1775, giving reasons for the American colonies taking up arms against Great Britain. Issued in the wake of the battles of Lexington and Concord and at Bunker Hill, and a year before the formal Declaration of Independence, it is one of the most significant statements of the Continental Congress - a clear indication of the seriousness and intractability of the Americans. "Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable." With this document the Continental Congress and the American colonies crossed the Rubicon - the road to independence became the only realistic path forward. In addition to the Declaration by the Representatives., this edition includes three works not in the first American edition (also 1775): The Twelve United Colonies ... to the Inhabitants of Great-Britain (Adams 75-152), The Humble Petition ... to the King, "The Olive Branch" (Adams 75-150), and An Address. to the People of Ireland (Adams 75-148). "Publication of this was apparently arranged by Richard Champion"-Adams. Champion, a Quaker merchant in Bristol, Champion was a staunch Whig and supported the American cause during the Revolution, emigrating to South Carolina in 1784. There were eight printings in America in 1775, follo.

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