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THE RIGHTS OF THE BRITISH COLONIES ASSERTED AND PROVED
Boston, Printed; London, Reprinted. [1765].. 120pp. Later blue paper wrappers. Very minor foxing and toning. Very good. In a half morocco and cloth folder. First British edition, after the original Boston edition of 1764, of the first major political statement from the American colonies after the end of the French and Indian War, and the opening of the political dispute which ended with American Independence. "The writer, a native of Boston, was one of the first and most influential of the controversialists on the popular side. This piece was read in ms. to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and was published with their knowledge though not by their orders. The Instructions of May, 1764, in the Appendix, were drawn by Samuel Adams....'A very zealous defence of the colonies, tending to prove that...no part of his Majesty's dominions can constitutionally be taxed without their own consent' - MONTHLY REVIEW" - Sabin. "...The RIGHTS is a closely reasoned statement of the constitutional position of the colonies in the single commonwealth that Otis believed the British Empire to be. In it were developed the principles...to which Otis remained faithful while he kept his reason" - DAB. The pamphlet was written in protest against the new Sugar Revenue Act of 1764, the first of the onerous taxes proposed for the American colonies. Otis was the political leader of Massachusetts Bay for much of the 1760s, until his instability of mind overwhelmed him in 1769. "Marks an important stage in the growth of a revolutionary frame of mind and in the history of American constitutionalism" - Bailyn. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE 4b. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 64-15b. SABIN 57866. BAILYN, PAMPHLETS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION 7. DAB XIV, pp.101-5. ESTC T98780. HOWES O147.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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