A Speech, Intended to Have Been Spoken on the Bill for Altering the Charters of the Colony of Massachusett's Bay. Jonathan Shipley, Bishop of St. Asaph.
A Speech, Intended to Have Been Spoken on the Bill for Altering the Charters of the Colony of Massachusett's Bay

A Speech, Intended to Have Been Spoken on the Bill for Altering the Charters of the Colony of Massachusett's Bay

London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1774. First edition. Hardcover. 12mo. [5], vi-vii, [2], 2-36, [4] pp. Half-bound in yellow cloth over marbled boards (binding ca. 1950), spine lettered in black. With the half-title. Howes 420. Sabin 80511. Shipley's speech in support of American colonial people's right to be free from "arbitrary taxation". Though Shipley did not outright support the Boston Tea Party, he was critical of Parliament's intention to change the Massachusetts Colony Charter as retaliation against the event. Shipley called Americans "coheirs of liberty with ourselves ["ourselves" being the British]". Oxford DNB "Shipley, Jonathan (1713–1788)". Difficult to find in the first edition, this speech reflects an educated British man's sympathy for the cause of early American freedom. Very Good. Item #00008771

A Very Good copy with a bit of foxing to the leaves, binding shows some toning to the cloth. Contemporary owner has written the author's name on the title page ("Shipley, Bishop of St. Asaph").

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