RHODE ISLAND, Colony of.
The Charter Granted by His Majesty King Charles the Second, to the Colony of Rhode-Island, and Providence-Plantations in America ... [Bound with:] Acts and Laws of His Majesty's Colony of Rhode-Island, and Providence-Plantations, in America
Newport: James Franklin, 1730. Folio. (11 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). , 12, , , 210 pp. Contemporary manuscript annotations to the Charter and with inscription on front endpaper relating to court sittings in Rhode Island.
Contemporary panelled calf, expertly rebacked to style, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt
Provenance: Richard Partridge (1681-1759, contemporary signature)
Rare American printing of the laws of Rhode Island from the Newport press of James Franklin: the first revision printed in the colony. This copy from the library of the colonial agent for Rhode Island.
The laws of Rhode Island were first published in Boston in 1719, with this second revision following in 1730, being the first to be published in the colony, printed by Benjamin Franklin's older brother James. Preceding the printing of the laws is the first American printing of the colonial charter of Rhode Island, renowned for its religious toleration and protection of the Native Americans. "The toleration ideas of Roger Williams, John Clarke, & others of Rhode Island found embodiment in the Charter granted the Colony by Charles II in 1663 ... This edition of the Charter, the first in print, was brought out in Newport by James Franklin, brother of Benjamin, in 1730" (Wroth).
This example from the library of Richard Partridge. Born in Portsmouth in 1681, Partridge served as the colonial agent for Rhode Island in England from 1715-1759.
Evans 3346; ESTC W6323; Alden 17; Wroth, The American Tradition 75; Sabin 70511.