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AMERICAN INTEREST. Addresses presented from the Court of Common Council to the King, on his Majesty’s accession to the throne ... Resolutions of the Court, ... Instructions ... to the representatives of the City in Parliament. Petitions to Parliament ... For erecting a statue in Guildhall to William Beckford, Esq... agreed to between the 23d October, 1760, and the 12th October, 1770. 88pp., bound without the half-title. ESTC T108621 notes a portrait, but we have not seen one in any other copy recently sold, or further mention that one should be present. 8vo. Printed by Henry Fenwick. [1778]. bound with... A Petition of the Freeholders of the county of Middlesex, presented to his Majesty, the 24th of May, 1769, by Mr. Serjeant Glynn, John Sawbridge, Esq; James Townsend, Esq; The Rev. Dr. Wilson, George Bellas, Esq; Francis Ayscough, Esq; And William Ellis, Esq; 11, [1]p. ESTC T43921 8vo. Printed by Henry Fenwick. [1769]. bound with... Addresses, remonstrances, and petitions; commencing the 24th of June, 1769, presented to the King and Parliament, from the Court of Common Council, and the livery in Common Hall assembled, with His Majesty’s answers: likewise the speech to the King, made by the late Mr. Alderman Beckford, when Lord Mayor. 151 , [1]p. 8vo. Printed by Henry Fenwick. [1778]. Three titles bound together, as noted by Adams, and in other copies we have seen. Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, red morocco label “City Addresses &c.” Spine and corners rather rubbed and worn, but joints firm. British Library withdrawn stamp on the verso of a preliminary blank, but no further stamps. ~ The county of Middlesex was at the heart of radical politics in England at the time of the Revolution, and the greatest pro-American feeling was found in the merchants and working classes of the metropolis. The colonists often appealed directly to Middlesex for support. The first work forms an important collection of source material on Anglo-American relations in the years leading up to and into the Revolutionary War. It prints the petitions presented to the King, and demonstrates the opposition by London tradesmen to the restrictions on their trade with the colonies. One recommendation was to "suspend hostilities against our fellow-subjects in North America," and another advocated conciliation with the rebellious colonies. Others discuss the Quebec Act, and the fisheries in Newfoundland. The second work relates to the case of John Wilkes, the radical candidate for Middlesex, and vehement opponent to the war against America. He was arrested and imprisoned for seditious libel, and became a rallying call for support of the American cause. The third work presents further petitions 1769-1778, again with American interest.
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