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The Charter Granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary
1742. [Massachusetts]. The Charter Granted by Their Majesties King William and Queen Mary, to the Inhabitants of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. [And] Acts And Laws Of His Majesty's Province Of The Massachusetts-Bay In New England. [Bound with] [Nine Separately Issued Session Laws]. Boston: Printed and Sold by Samuel Kneeland and Timothy Green, 1742 (i.e. 1743). [ii], 14, 28, 337, [1], 339-374 pp. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, raised bands to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities. Light toning to text, minor loss to leaf of table due to chip in margin, page numbers, which are penciled in, a few blank leaves at end of text block excised. Front free endpaper inscribed by Jeremiah Powell to Samuel Foxcroft, Powell's ownership inscription to title page of Charter. A very good copy in a well-preserved unrestored binding. * A desirable copy of this mid-eighteenth century compilation of Massachusetts colonial statutes, relating in part to the winding down of the controversial land-bank and paper money schemes of 1739 and 1740 that were quashed by act of Parliament in 1740. This is also an interesting association copy. Jeremiah Powell [1714-1789] acquired this copy upon publication in 1743, at age 29, for 6 pounds, according to his still intelligible if obscured inscription on the title page. The front free endpaper bears his full name again and several signature trails, as well as his later presentation inscription to Samuel Foxcroft [1734-1805], a 1754 graduate of Harvard and minister of New Gloucester, Maine. Powell, Maine landowner, businessman, justice of the peace and member of the General Assembly, rose to prominence during the Revolution as de facto Governor of Massachusetts due to his role as President of the Massachusetts Council, which replaced the executive branch during the war. Powell served six consecutive terms, from November 1776 to June 1780, thereafter alternating with James Bowdoin, Artemas Ward, and William Sever. Some indication of his importance can be gained from his frequent correspondence with George Washington. There are nine session laws published subsequent to the main volume bound in at the rear; unused blank sheets at the end of the volume were at some time excised. Of the nine
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