[SAMUEL ADAMS & THE AMERICAN CONTROVERSY.]
1. [KNOX, WILLIAM.] The Controversy between Great-Britain and her Colonies Reviewed; the Several Pleas of the Colonies. In Support of their Right to all the Liberties and Privileges of British Subjects.... Printed by Mein and Fleeming, 1769. 100 pp. Paper flaw on E2 obscuring several letters, M2v footnote misprinted with loss. Evans attributes this pamphlet to Know, who was then under-secretary for American affairs and was probably assisted by George Grenville. The John Carter Brown copy, however, bears a manuscript note attributing authorship to its Scottish printer residing in Boston, John Mein. Evans 11305; Sabin 38180.
2. Letters to the Ministry from Governor Bernard, General Gage, and Commodore Hood. 1769. 108 pp. Adams American Controversy 69-3a; Evans 11176; Howes B383; Sabin 4923.
3. [ADAMS, SAMUEL.] An Appeal to the World; or a Vindication of the Town of Boston, from Many false and malicious Aspersions.. 1769. 37, [3 blank] pp. Adams American Controversy 69-7a; Evans 11133; Sabin 6478.
4. [ADAMS, SAMUEL.] The Votes and Proceedings of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, In Town Meeting assembled, According to Law. [1772.] iv, 43, [1 blank] pp. RECORDS OF THE FIRST COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE. "This gives the record of the town meeting which adjourned November 2, 1772, at which the well-known Committee of Correspondence was appointed on motion of Samuel Adams. It is followed by the record of the meeting held November 20 at which the chairman of the Committee read the famous report, here given, on 'Rights of the Colonists' and 'List of Infringements and Violations of Rights'" (Streeter). A manuscript of this report exists in the hand of Samuel Adams. Adams American Independence 87a; Adams American Controversy 72-1a; Evans 12332; Sabin 6568; Streeter sale 744.
5. Copy of Letters Sent to Great-Britain, by his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, the Hon. Andrew Oliver, and several other Persons, Born and Educated Among Us. 1773. 40, [2 blank], 8 pp. Adams American Controversy 73-5a; Sabin 34071.
Boston: Edes and Gill, 1769-1773 (except the first). Various formats (180 x 114 mm). Period quarter calf and marbled boards. Intermittent slight browning, a little dampstain at end, binding with minor scuffs and sun, a little sealing wax to lower cover, manuscript title on spine illegible.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITIONS OF FIVE PRE-REVOLUTIONARY PAMPHLETS, OWNED BY THE REVILED BOSTON COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS. Henry Hulton [1732-1791] was a native Englishman who served as principal commissioner to the new Board of Customs in America stationed in Boston from 1767 to 1776 when he evacuated with other Loyalists to Halifax. During his tenure there was much resentment against the Board and the revenue policies which they were required to enforce. Hulton is one of the signatories to the Letters to the Ministry which warns that "the Seizure ... has hastened the People of Boston to the Commission of actual Violence sooner than was intended." Three times the Hulton family and other commissioners were forced to flee from the mobs for the safety of Castle William, a fortified island in Boston Harbor (see "An Englishman Views the American Revolution: The Letters of Henry Hulton, 1769-1776," Huntington Library Quarterly vol 36).
Provenance: ownership inscription of Henry Hulton on front flyleaf.
Acquisition: Christie's New York, May 19, 2000, lot 159, purchased via William Reese Company, $16,450.