MASSACHUSETTS: COLONIAL EXCISE BILL. The Voice of the People. [Boston: 1754]
Lot 211
MASSACHUSETTS: COLONIAL EXCISE BILL.
The Voice of the People. [Boston: 1754]
Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
MASSACHUSETTS: COLONIAL EXCISE BILL.
The Voice of the People. [Boston: 1754]
8vo (162 x 108 mm). 8 pp. Folded sheet, uncut and opened. Minor foxing and soiling, chipping at folds, creasing to edges.
Provenance: Nathaniel Sparhawk (1715-1776; ink inscription); from a private New England estate (additional lots, see 169, 170, 210, 211, 295).

CALLED BY BRINLEY "VERY RARE," this copy belonging to Nathaniel Sparhawk, who was one of the key figures in the government's decision to institute the tax. The Voice of the People is one of a series of pamphlets published in 1754 in an attempt to turn opinion against the excise bill being circulated at the behest of Governor William Shirley. Presenting an argument based on a defense of personal liberty, the pamphlet by "a free, but private New-England man" moves toward insurrection by its closure: "Even the Grand Seigneur does not set always easy on his throne. --- There is a certain Point beyond which it will not bear to press, and near to which it is dangerous to approach." Evans 7329. Sabin 100672.
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