[London]: Philadelphia: Printed; London: Re-Printed for J. Almon, 1776. , 168, 159-200 [as issued]. With the half title. Pagination repeated for pages 159-168, but text continuous, as issued. Bound in attractive modern marbled boards and blue quarter morocco, with gilt-lettered spine title, bookplate of James Strohn Copley-- the journalist, newspaper editor, and prominent rare book collector, on the front pastedown. A clean, attractive text, Very Good.
The Journal lists the delegates attending from each State, and provides an accounting of proceedings from May 10 to August 1, 1775. Credentials certifying the appointment of delegates are included, by State. In the words of the South Carolina appointment, they are authorized to take such measures as "shall appear to be necessary for the recovery of American Rights and Liberties, and for restoring harmony between Great-Britain and her Colonies." Also included is a letter from London, signed in type by Benjamin Franklin, informing the Convention "that three regiments of foot, one of dragoons, seven hundred marines, six sloops of war, and two frigates, are now under orders for America."
Affidavits of eyewitnesses recount the exciting events of April 18 and 19, 1775, "on the road between Concord and Lexington...They swore if we stirred, another step, we should all be dead men." Detailed activities of the Convention are printed, including George Washington's appointment as General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United Colonies; and a gold mine of other material, such as rules and regulations of the Continental Army, the Olive Branch Petition, the Draft of the Address of Congress to the Six Confederated Indian Nations, and the Declaration "Setting Forth the Causes and Necessities of Their Taking Up Arms."
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Howes J264aa. Adams Controversy 75-151b. Sabin 15543. Item #33038