Philadelphia Printed. London: Reprinted for J. Almon, 1774. , 82 pp. Lacking the half title and final advertising leaf, title page lightly spotted. Else Very Good. Bound in modern marbled cloth.
"One of the most important documents of the American Revolution, condensing the most important proceedings of the First Continental Congress between September 5 and October 26, 1774" [Reese]. "The forerunner of the Declaration of Independence" [Howes]. Published first in Philadelphia, it records the proceedings of the first Continental Congress, convened in response to Parliament's Intolerable Acts.
It includes the Declaration of Rights-- drafted by John and Samuel Adams, John Jay, Roger Sherman, Richard Henry Lee and Edmund Pendleton-- insisting that Americans were entitled to the "rights, liberties, and immunities of free and natural-born subjects, within the realm of England" which their English ancestors had enjoyed. The crux of the Declaration was its assertion that "the foundation of English liberty, and of all free government is a right in the people, to participate in their legislative council; and as the English colonists are not represented...they are entitled to a free and exclusive power of legislation in their several provincial legislatures." The rights of colonists peaceably to assemble and petition were also asserted; and the Declaration opposed a standing army in the Colonies in time of peace. The Articles of Association constituted an agreement among the colonies not to treat with England, in order "to obtain redress of these grievances." Also included was a recommendation that committees of correspondence be established to monitor the agreement, and to observe "the conduct of all persons touching this association."
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 25 [Philadelphia edition]. Howes E247. Adams, American Controversy 74-83b. Stevens, Rare Americana 66. Item #35732