Considerations on Behalf of the Colonists in a Letter to a Noted Lord ... The Second Edition
by [OTIS, James, Jr. (1725-1783)]
London: J. Almon, 1765. 8vo. (8 x 4 1/2 inches). , 52pp. Expertly bound to style in half russia and period marbled paper covered boards, red morocco lettering piece Provenance: George Bancroft (signature and annotations) Written by one of the leading American figures in the fight to repeal the Stamp Act. Written anonymously, the verso of the title page includes a note by Almon, the publisher, stating that he was sent the work "by an unknown Person, from Boston, in New England." Almon would published two editions in 1765 in the midst of the Stamp Act controversy. James Otis, Jr.'s Considerations , which first appeared in installments within July and August 1765 issues of the Boston Gazette, is a passionate discussion of representation. Otis, remembered for being among the earliest Americans to adopt the phrase "taxation without representation is tyranny," here principally replies to Soame Jenyns' defence of the Stamp Act, refutes the laughable argument that the admission of colonial representation would defile the purity of Parliament, and challenges the justice of suppressing colonial manufactures. This copy with esteemed provenance to American historian George Bancroft, with several annotations within. An important American contribution to the pre-Independence rhetoric. Sabin 57865; Howes O-146; Adams, Controversy 65-20b.
(Inventory #: 30438)
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