[FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790.]
A Narrative of the Late Massacres in Lancaster County, of a Number of Indians, Friends of this Province by Persons Unknown, With some Observations on the same. [Philadelphia: Franklin & Hall], 1764.
30 pp (only, of 31). 8vo (186 x 115 mm). Stab-sewn. Custom chemise. Final text page in neat facsimile, pagination shaved in a few places, some dampstaining and worn edges.
FIRST EDITION, PRINTED AND AUTHORED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. This is a withering condemnation of the massacre of peaceful Indians at Conestoga in December 1763, perpetrated by the Paxton boys. The event marked the culmination of the long standing conflict between the frontiersmen and the eastern settlements. Evans 9667; Field 1116; Hildeburn 1992; Howes F327; Miller 807; Sabin 25557; Streeter sale 968; Vail 556.
Provenance: faint ownership inscription of Nathan Spence(?) on p 3.
Acquisition: Swann, Nov 3, 1994, lot 128, $1,093.