7 December 2015
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. Extracts from the Votes and proceedings of the American Continental Congress, held at Philadelphia on the 5th of September 1774 Containing the Bill of rights, a List of grievances, Occasional resolves, the Association, an Address to the People of Great-Britain, a Memorial to the Inhabitants of the British American Colonies, and an Address to the Inhabitants of the Province of Quebec. New-London: Timothy Green, 1774.
4°, 16pp. Self-wrappers, sewn as issued. Edges chipped with paper loss at corners of opening leaves (not affecting text).
An important statement of American resistance from the First Continental Congress, as the Americans boldly assert their rights, but try to do so as loyal British subjects. Their statement of rights presages the language of the Declaration of Independence. “The inhabitants of the English colonies in North America, by the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following Rights: That they are entitled to life, liberty and property; and they have never ceded to any sovereign power whatever, a right to dispose of either without their consent…” Not in Bristol, Church, or Sabin.
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