Lot 250: Printed letter, one page, 12.25 x 7.75, October 31, 1767. Letter sent to the "Gentlemen Select-Men of Eastown." In full: "In Compliance with the Orders of the Town it is our Honour to serve, We inclose you their Votes past the 28th Instant; and doubt not, as you tender your own Interest, and the Salvation of your Country, you will promote similar Measures so far as they may be consistent with the particular Circumstances of your town." Signed at the conclusion by Joseph Jackson, Samuel Seawall, John Ruddock, William Phillips, Timothy Newell, and John Rowe. In very good condition, with partial separations to intersecting folds, moderate scattered staining and soiling, and a few small holes affecting some of the text. This letter would have originally enclosed the resolutions passed at a town meeting at Boston's Faneuil Hall on October 28; in resistance of the British Townshend Acts, which levied taxes on imports to the colonies, they compiled a list of products that Americans were not to purchase in the future. This was the first public act of resistance to British taxation without representation, a leading cause of the Revolutionary War.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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