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The Petition to the King of England...
Item # 642402 THE SCOTS MAGAZINE, Edinburgh, Scotland, January, 1775 Although formatted much like the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" this is a much more scarce title.
Included is a terrific 3 1/2 page letter on: "The Relation Between G. Britain and Her Colonies" which begins: "After a great deal of unavailing argumentation, the dispute between the Americans and us seems not to be reduced to the single question. Whether we are able by force to reduce them to obedience or not?..." with much more great reading.
Three pages are taken up with the historic document: "The Petition of the American Congress to the King". Approved at the First Continental Congress, this respectful petition to King George III explains that if it had not been for the acts of oppression forced upon the colonies by the British Parliament, the American people would be standing behind British rule. The explicit but deferentially-worded petition contains a list of grievances, closing with: "We therefore most earnestly beseech your Majesty, that your royal authority and interposition may be used for our relief; and that a gracious answer may be given to this petition...". Despite the anger that the American public due to the Intolerable Acts, Congress was still willing to assert its loyalty to the king. In return, Congress asked the king to resolve the grievances of the colonies. Written by John Dickinson, it laid out the undo oppression of the colonies by the British Parliament, mostly relating to do with the Coercive Acts instituted to punish colonists following the Boston Tea Party.
Following this are 5 1/2 pages of even more terrific content on the troubles between the colonies & England, not long before the outbreak of war. Included is a letter of Gov. Gage to Peyton Randolph. Following this is a great letter beginning: "There cannot be a greater deception than that which the Americans are now practicing. The subject of the present content is no less than, Whether the supreme legislature of Great Britain shall have any authority over them or not?...". Then more fine reports from America including resolutions from the provincial congress at Cambridge signed in type: John Hancock; results of a town meeting at Boston, letters from New York, and more.
A detailed account of a book: "A Friendly Address to all Reasonable American on the Subject of Our Political Confusion...", and lengthy text on: "Affairs in North America, and a very nice account of the Battle of Point Pleasant, or Battle of Kanawha, between the Virginia militia & various Indian tribes (see).
Complete in 56 pages, disbound, title page has the "Contents" as well, 5 by 8 inches, great condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's