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THE AMERICAN CRISIS. LET GOD, AND THE WORLD - American Revolution] - 1775. 
Hartford: Ebenezer Watson, May 1, 1775. - Broadside, 13 x 8 3/4 inches. Text printed in double columns. Minor toning, some staining and spotting, tiny hole in right column affecting three words, a few vertical folds and one horizontal fold. Very good. Matted. An exceedingly rare and important Revolutionary broadside in which Connecticut colonists pledge to stand by their fellow Americans in Massachusetts in the wake of the fighting at Lexington and Concord, which had taken place two weeks earlier. Printed more than eighteen months before Thomas Paine's use of the same title, this broadside was written in an emergency session of Connecticut's legislature in response to the "late Murder & Massacre, by a Brigade of near 1000 savage Soldiers, on a handful of inoffensive Men collected at Lexington.which has caused a universal Alarm, and fully opened the Eyes, and united the Hands of All America." If they must, the colonists are resolved to fight against the Crown "until the Land is surcharged with the Blood of many hundred Thousand of her hardy Sons." The stirring language of the Connecticut patriots includes diatribes against "the most unrighteous, unnatural and barbarous Designs of the Ministry of Great- Britain, against the King's most faithful subjects of this Continent." The legislature points out, even warns, that the colonies have an experienced Army "who don't Fight for 4d. a Day, but for their inestimable Rights, their Religion, their Wives, their Children, and their Estates, and conscious of the Justice of their Cause, they set up their Standard in the Name of the everliving God, and under his almighty Protection, are resolved to try, and do not despair of vindicating the Cause, which, they trust God and the World approves." Ultimately the colonists are ready to settle differences, but "if Blood and Slaughter is yet to be preferred to these most righteous Terms of Accommodation, we call Heaven and Earth to Witness, that we are innocent, and are determined to sell our Lives at the dearest Rate." The broadside was printed by Ebenezer Watson, publisher of the Hartford COURANT, the leading patriot newspaper in Connecticut. The verso contains several columns of manuscript calculations for what might constitute military expenditures, perhaps pertaining to militia personnel in Connecticut. A note beneath the numbers reads: "You may come home in Expectation Deputy Quartermasters." We can locate only four copies, at the American Antiquarian Society, Huntington Library, John Carter Brown Library, and Connecticut Historical Society. A significant broadside with inflammatory language reacting to the atrocities witnessed by the colonists in the opening battle of the American Revolution. BRISTOL B3917. SHIPTON & MOONEY 42764. OCLC 5430872, 13638968. ESTC W11550.
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