A Collection of Original Papers Relative to the History of the Colony of Massachusets-Bay. Boston: Thomas & John Fleet, 1769
8vo (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.; 228 x 140 mm, largely unopened). Contemporary calf and marbled boards, gilt-stamped red leather title label on spine, in a half-morocco slip-case, gilt-stamped title on spine.
First edition. Often bound as an appendix to Hutchinson's History of the Colony of Massachusetts-Bay (Boston: 1765 & 1767, Sabin 34075 & 34078). The Collection comprises papers relating to the History up to 1689 and an intended second volume never appeared.
During 1769–1771 Hutchinson was acting-governor of the colony, and then governor until 1774. He was opposed to the Sugar and Stamp Acts, but his support for the prerogative of Parliament led to the sacking of his Boston home by a mob in 1765. This experience confirmed him in his conservative views and set him on a collision course with Adams and Otis that, given the times, he could never win. He was replaced as governor by Gage in 1774, and returned to England.
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