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Early version of the Articles of Confederation...



Item # 642436 THE SCOTS MAGAZINE, Edinburgh, Scotland, December, 1775  Although formatted much like the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" this is a much more scarce title.
Although there is a tremendous amount of America-related content in this issue, the best would be the full printing of what is an early version of the Articles of Confederation taking over 2 pages. It is prefaced with: "...undoubtedly contains the outlines of the plan intended to be carried into execution in case a reconciliation with G. Britain cannot be obtained on terms of exemption from taxation by the British parliament...". It is titled: "Articles of Confederation & Perpetual Union entered into by the Delegates of the Several Colonies of New Hampshire, etc. met in General Congress at Philadelphia, May 10, 1775". It includes clarification that this is a plan to unite for: "...a firm league of friendship with each other...for their prosperity, for their common defence against their enemies, for the security of their liberties & properties...". The wording in this version of the Articles of Confederation involves different text but the same thought as the final version endorsed by Congress on Nov. 15, 1777 (see photos for portions of this text). 
There is much other fine American content as well including an address: "To the Inhabitants of Canada" signed in type: G. Washington. There is mention of Ethan Allen being taken prisoner, a report of the capture of St. John's in Canada with the articles of capitulation, more reports from Virginia, the destruction of Falmouth, Maine, and much, much more. The photos--as many as there are--only show portions of the lengthy content.
Complete in 56 pages, disbound, title page has the "Contents" as well, 5 by 8 inches, great condition.

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