Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Begun and held at Boston, in the County of Suffolk, on Wednesday, the Thirty-first day of May, A.D., 1786. Massachusetts.

Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Begun and held at Boston, in the County of Suffolk, on Wednesday, the Thirty-first day of May, A.D., 1786.

[Boston]: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1786. 86 pp. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Removed from a larger volume else about very good, institutional stamp on title, scattered soiling, faint dampstain. Evans 19792. ESTC W33325. Item #43984

An important collection of Resolves, which would have a national impact, concerning the aftermath of the war, the need to pay debts of the state and the country, and the need for a militia and arms with talk of resistance in the air. Bowdoin's message called for more taxes and civil action to collect them, and the legislature levied an additional property tax to raise funds for the state's portion of foreign debt payments. These would all precipitate Shays' rebellion before the end of the year as Bowdoin would later note on February 3, 1787: "These violent and treasonable proceedings of the insurgents were perpetrated after the publication of the last acts of the General Court respecting them; and demonstrated, not only a total disregard of those acts, and the authority by which they were inacted, but a contempt of all constitutional government, and a fixed determination to persevere in measures for subverting it," (Revolves of the General Court...1787 p. 170.).

Price: $225.00