[PITT, William (1708-1778)]. The Speech, of the Right Honourable the Earl of Chatham...January 20th, 1775. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1775. [WITH] ASHLEY, Jonathan. Sermon Preach’d at Deerfield, Nov. 25, 1741... Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1742.

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The Speech, of the Right Honourable the Earl of Chatham, in the House of Lords, January 20th, 1775. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1775. [WITH] ASHLEY, Jonathan. Sermon Preach’d at Deerfield, Nov. 25, 1741. Upon the gathering a Church for Fall-Town, and the Ordination of Mr. John Norton, A Pastor to the Church there. Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1742.

8vo., (7 ½ x 4 ¾ inches). Half-title (somewhat toned as expected). Modern quarter tan crushed morocco, tan cloth, gilt title on the front cover.

Provenance: With the contemporary manuscript ownership inscription of Thomas Williams to the title page of “Sermon Preach’d at Deerfield.”

PITT: First American edition, published in England the same year. In the latter part of his political career, William Pitt, First Earl of Chatham, opposed George III’s policies toward the American colonies, advocating a milder approach to taxation and enforcement thereof, in an attempt to dissuade the colonies from declaring independence from the United Kingdom. This impassioned speech by Pitt to the House of Lords was delivered shortly after the Boston Tea Party. In the speech, Pitt argues (ultimately unsuccessfully) for the withdrawal of British troops from Boston. ASHLEY: First edition. A sermon by Loyalist pastor Reverend Jonathan Ashley of Deerfield, Massachusetts, in support of the ordination of John Norton. Later in life Ashley would staunchly oppose the Boston Tea Party, hosting a tea party of his own in his home and sending a pound of tea to his Tory friend in nearby Greenfield. Evans 4883.

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