[BARTLETT, Josiah (1729-1795)]. HARVEY, James. A Collection of English Precedents, Relating to the Office of a Justice of Peace. [London]: In the Savoy by Henry Lintot to be sold by J. Shuckburgh, 1751.
12° (172 x 100 mm). Title printed within double-rule border. (Marginal dampstain on a few leaves, some light spotting or stains.) Contemporary calf, covers blind-ruled, board edges gilt, spine in 5 compartments with 4 raised bands (some overall wear, joints starting). Provenance: Josiah Bartlett (signature on flyleaf); by descent to Ezra Bartlett (signature dated 1796 on title-page); listed by Goodspeed’s Bookshop, 1930; sold New England Book Auctions 31 March 1998, lot 104.
Third edition, BELONGING TO JOSIAH BARTLETT, A SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, AND SIGNED BY HIM. Bartlett began his career as a physician in Kingston New Hampshire in 1750, but increasingly became active in local politics. He was elected to the colonial assembly in 1765, and was appointed justice of the peace in 1767 by Royal Governor John Wentworth. His Whig affiliation put him in opposition with the governor, and he joined the Assembly’s Committee of Correspondence in 1774. After Wentworth dismissed the assembly, he was elected to its successor, the Provincial Assembly. In the same year, he lost his home in a fire, which was allegedly set by Tories. He was appointed delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774; he declined this appointment to be with his family, but when appointed again in 1775, he accepted the appointment. He attended the convention in 1775 and 1776, and when the delegates signed the formal copy of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he was the second signer after John Hancock. He eventually served as the chief Justice of the state supreme court in New Hampshire in 1778, and he served as governor of New Hampshire for four years, resigning in 1794.