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The (1775) Restraining bill, and reaction to it...

Item # 701076

May 17, 1775


* Retraining Acts of 1775
* Colonial trade restrictions
* American Revolutionary War

The entire front page and part of page 2 are taken up with: "Lord Camden's Speech on the New England Fishery Bill".
Page 2 has a report headed: "Provisions in the Restraining Bill for the Provinces of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina" concerns restraining their trade.
Page 3 begins with the report headed: "Protest" from the House of Lords" noting the votes for instituting the New England Restraining Act, with the balance of the page taken up with a terrific & very detailed list of seven reasons why it should not be put into effect.
Great content continues on page 4 with a letter from Liverpool noting in part: "I am very sorry to be the messenger of bad news...gone to London as an advocate for America & I believe might as well have stayed at home...Government is firm & determined to reduce the confederate colonies to submission..." & more. This is followed by a letter noting in part: "...intelligence...received from America, predicted that they would resist the acts of our Parliament to the last...". Another report mentions: "...from Philadelphia...to the great joy of that city, Doctor Benjamin Franklin arrived there in 6 weeks from London & was highly pleased to find the Americans arming & preparing for the worst events..." and also that: "We hear Doctor Franklin has been...added to the number of delegates to the Continental Congress."
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, handsome engraving in the masthead, a bit smaller than other issues of this title measuring 8 1/4 by 10 1/4 inches, very nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War