Boston: Printed by Nathaniel Willis, 1781. 53, [1 blank] pp.
[bound with] RESOLVES OF THE GENERAL COURT... CONTINUED BY PROROGATION, TO THURSDAY THE FOURTH DAY OF JANUARY, ANNO DOMINI, 1781, AND THEN MET AT THE SAME PLACE, [BEING THE SECOND SESSION OF SAID COURT]. [Boston: Nathaniel Willis? 1781]. Pages -154pp [as issued].
[bound with] RESOLVES OF THE GENERAL COURT... CONTINUED, BY PROROGATION AND ADJOURNMENT, TO TUESDAY THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF APRIL, ANNO DOMINI, 1781, AND THEN MET AT THE SAME PLACE, [BEING THE SECOND SESSION OF COURT.] [Boston: Nathaniel Willis? 1781]. Pages -216pp.
The three bound together in modern legal buckram, gilt-lettered red morocco spine labels [worn], with a rubberstamp on the title page of the first set of Resolves. Folios. Lightly toned, occasional foxing, Very Good.
Three consecutive sessions of the General Court, each a separate imprint, for late 1780 through mid-1781. Each is loaded with Revolutionary content. NAIP, but not Evans, calls for a 22-page Index after page 216 of the third imprint. All three sets of Resolves are rare; NAIP says that AAS does not own the third one.
The Resolves focus on many Revolutionary war matters: for example, a Resolve for discontinuing the Board of War and appointing Caleb Davis to handle the dismantling of the Board; Resolve on the petition of Col. Josiah Brewer, and of Orana and other chiefs of the Penobscot tribe that the Commissary-General provide for the person whom the French Consul has sent as an instructor, including a list of articles to be presented to the Indians for their use. A few resolutions discuss deserters and traitors; several mention General Washington, including one that the 'Agent for the Commonwealth present his Excellency General Washington with a cheese, covered with lead, and one cask of porter, taken in the prize Little-Porgey, lately captured by the ship Mars.' A March Resolve relinquishes all claims to land in Vermont if Congress recognizes it as an independent State.
FIRST EDITIONS. Evans 16850, 17230, 17231. NAIP w033232, w033233, w016803. Item #32031