Ought . . . to Prepare for
New-England almanack, or Lady's and gentleman's diary, for the year of our Lord
Christ 1775: ... calculated for the meridian of Providence,
in New-England, lat. 41° 51' n. and 71° 16' w. from the Royal Observatory
at Greenwich; but may serve all the adjacent provinces. Providence: Printed
and sold, wholesale and retail, by John Carter, . Small 8vo (17 cm; ).
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In addition to the expected tables and predictions, present here
on pp. [18–21] is an essay entitled, “A Brief View of the present
Controversy between Great-Britain and America, with some Observations thereon.”
The second paragraph begins: “Never perhaps was there a period more important
to America than the present. Great-Britain is now carrying into execution a
claim, assumed but a little while since, and which, if acceded to, will involve
us in the most abject slavery.” Taxation
and representation are the inflaming issues, of course,
with the “dispute” thereon going far beyond the question of “whetherthe
tea destroyed at Boston shall be paid for.”
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The last page here, while hoping for peace and amity based on a British change
of mind and attitude, makes it very clear what a serious militia (such, for
example, as Rhode-Island has) can do against great armies!
Evans 13764; Alden, Rhode Island, 530; Drake, Almanacs,
12842; ESTC W22707. Not in Adams, American Independence, but that conceivably
was deliberate. Uncut; stitched as issued. Browned, tattered, handsoiling,
bug-spotting and an inkblot at lower edge; small piece torn from title-leaf
and same leaf with pin-prick holes not affecting readability. Looks
like a survivor of the American Revolution, which it is. (30423)
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