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Item # 567385 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1754
* The Albany Congress for the Union of America's Colonies

Inside under America is a July 29 report from New York about the famous Albany Congress stating that on the 16 instant the lieutenant-governor arrived from Albany ...having settled matters to the entire satisfaction of all the nations of Indians that attended the congress at that place. Says commissioners from Philadelphia, Maryland and Virginia arrived the next and that:...at the...congress, the commissioners from ...several governments were unanimously of opinion, that an union of the colonies was absolutely necessary; and a plan of union was...drawn up by the...commissioners...to be laid before their respective constituents. This plan for a union of all the American English colonies, better known as the Plan of The Union, was proposed by Benjamin Franklin, one of the delegates at the Congress. The union would consist of a president general and would include a grand council with legislative powers elected by the individual colonial assemblies. The plan was later rejected by the colonial assemblies. Octavo-size, 44 pages, full title/index page, has an engraving of St. Johns Gate in the masthead.

source: wikipedia: The Albany Congress was a meeting of representatives of seven of the British North American colonies in 1754 (specifically, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island). Representatives met daily at Albany, New York from June 19 to July 11 to discuss better relations with the Indian tribes and common defensive measures against the French. They did conclude a treaty with the tribes represented, but the treaty failed to secure peace with all the Native American tribes during the French and Indian War. The Congress is notable for producing Benjamin Franklin's Albany Plan of Union, an early attempt to form a union of the colonies. Part of the Plan was used in writing the Articles of Confederation, which kept the States together from 1781 until the Constitution.

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