Samuel Huntington's copy
Samuel Huntington's copy
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"Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable." p. 148
Samuel Huntington's copy of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress


Samuel Huntington's copy of the Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress
Philadelphia, 1775
HUNTINGTON, Samuel (1731-1796) – CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress, Held at Philadelphia, May 10, 1775. Philadelphia: William and Thomas Bradford, 1775.

Samuel Huntington's copy, signed by him on the title page: a fresh and important association copy. This work chronicles the first months of the Second Continental Congress which convened in the weeks following the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Covering the late spring and early summer of 1775, the Journal includes the texts of several important documents, including the Olive Branch Petition, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms; as well as key legislation including the establishment of the Continental Army and George Washington's appointment as its commander in chief.

Samuel Huntington was a prominent Connecticut politician at the time the colony's assembly elected him a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in October 1775. This volume, which covers the period of 10 May to 1 August 1775, would have helped the newly-elected delegate become better acquainted with the affairs currently before Congress. Huntington voted for separation from Great Britain and signed the Declaration of Independence and continued to serve as a delegate for much of the war. In 1779, with John Jay's departure for Europe, Congress chose Huntington as President, a position he held until the summer of 1781 when ill health forced him to resign (he returned to Congress once more in 1783). Following the war, Huntington served as Lieutenant Governor (1784-1786) and then as Governor of Connecticut (1786-1796).

Rare. Copies of any contemporary editions of the Journals associated with Signers of the Declaration of Independence seldom appear at auction. RBH and ABPC record only ten other association copies appearing at auction since 1900. Evans 14569, the second state naming John Hancock and Charles Thomson in the certification on page 239; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 3229; Howes J-264; Revolutionary Hundred, 20 (part).

Octavo (198 x 128mm). (First several pages with some foxing and minor light dampstains, minor wear at fore-edge at beginning and end, small marginal chip to Ff1.) Stabbed and sewn as issued (with small remnant of front wrapper). Custom morocco-backed slipcase. Provenance: Samuel Huntington (ownership signature).

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