In Provincial Congress, Cambridge, December 5, 1774. Resolved, that the Proceedings of the American Continental Congress, held at Philadelphia, on the Fifth of September last, reported by the Honourable delegates from this colony, have with the deliberation due to their high importance been considered by us...
[Boston: Edes and Gill, 1774]. Letterpress broadside. 15 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Signed in print by John Hancock Expert repairs at folds.
Rare broadside issued by the Massachusetts's Provincial Congress just a few months following Lexington and Concord, adopting the non-importation resolutions of the first Continental Congress and appointing delegates to the second Continental Congress.
The text continues: "... and the American Bill of Rights therein contained, appears to be formed with the greatest Ability and judgment, to be founded on the immutable Laws of Nature and Reason ... the ruinous and iniquitous Measures, which in Violation of these Rights at present convulse and threaten Destruction to America, appear to be clearly pointed out and judicious plans adopted for defeating them ..."
The resolutions which follow thank the Continental Congress for their efforts and appoint John Hancock, Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, John Adams and Robert Treat Paine as representatives to the second Continental Congress. The final resolve of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress printed here concerns the principal action taken by the first Continental Congress in response to the Intolerable Acts, proposing a boycott among all the colonies of British goods to take effect in December 1774, with local Committees of Safety to enforce the boycott and regulate local prices for goods. Here, Massachusetts's takes the agreement a step farther, further prohibiting the sale of any item imported from Great Britain even prior to the December date, unless the Intolerable Acts repealed.
The Massachusetts Provincial Congress was founded in October 1774, following the passage of Parliament's Massachusetts Government Act, which in effect dissolved the Massachusetts General Assembly and put governing power in the hands of crown-appointed members of a Governor's Council. The Assembly met anyway and reorganized themselves into the Provincial Congress, with John Hancock as its President. The Provincial Congress would be first autonomous government of the Thirteen Colonies.
Rare with six recorded copies and no other examples on the market in over fifty years.
Evans 13417; Ford 1753; ESTC W17685.