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Lot #173
A Tradesman's Address to his Countrymen

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Estimate: $2000+
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Scarce pre-war broadside entitled "A Tradesman's Address to his Countrymen," one page, 7.75 x 9.75, signed in print, "A Tradesman, Philadelphia, March 2, 1772." An address speaking out against taxation and the "Excise Laws," concluding: "At your next election, choose such Members only as will engage to bring in a Bill to prohibit any Member of Assembly from holding any Office in the Excise, or being such security for such Officers…If you read history, you will find, that few countries have lost their liberties at once, but have been enslaved by degrees; and had the foolish councils of Charles I adopted and promoted an Excise Law, instead of contending for absurd punctilios of power, his descendants might still have reigned the absolute tyrants of Great-Britain and its dominions. Farewell. Remember to apply the remedy in time." Professionally inlaid into a slightly larger sheet and in fine condition, with scattered light foxing.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #531 - Ended July 11, 2018