A Supporter of American Liberty Pownall, Thomas [1722-1805]. The Administration of the Colonies. The Third Edition, Revised, Corrected, and Enlarged. To Which is Added, An Appendix, No. III, Containing, Considerations on the Points Lately Brought into Question as to the Parliament's Right of Taxing the Colonies, And of the Measures Necessary to be Taken at this Crisis. London: Printed for J. Dodsley and J. Walter, 1766. [xxviii], 202, 60, 52 pp. With a half-title. Seven woodcuts text at pp. 172-1744 reproducing the marks of Native American sachems (chiefs). Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt ornaments to spine, gilding rubbed away from title, gilt tooling to board edges. Negligible light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, corners bumped. Light toning to text, light soiling to a few leaves, small hole to head of front endleaves and half-title, early owner initials to foot of title page. $2,750. * Third edition. Pownall was governor of Massachusetts from 1757 to 1759, after which "he remained an acknowledged expert on Britain's colonial affairs in general, especially the American colonies that declared independence in 1776. Pownall's most influential statement in this respect was his Administration of the Colonies, first published in 1764.... Pownall consciously sought in this work to identify himself as a supporter of American liberty. Although he feared that Britain was losing control of its colonies, he wrote that the Americans were entitled to the same rights of representative government as their fellow subjects in England, Scotland, and Wales" (ODNB). The first edition was published in 1764, its final edition in 1777. Appendix No. III. is an assessment of Parliament's right to tax its colonies drawn from the then-recent history of the Stamp Act (1765-1766). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 64816. English Short-Title Catalogue T90025.
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