1781 Antique 4TH OF JULY MADE HOLIDAY Revolutionary War Declaration Independence
1781 Antique 4TH OF JULY MADE HOLIDAY Revolutionary War Declaration Independence:
!!! HISTORIC AMERICAN NATIONAL TREASURE !!!
(Keep Scrolling Down through a Long and Detailed Description!)ORIGINAL 1781 FIRST DOCUMENT DECLARING THE 4TH OF JULY A HOLIDAY!!AN HISTORIC COLONIAL AMERICAN CORNERSTONE DOCUMENT!!AS A PROFESSIONAL BOOK DEALER AND RARE BOOK HUNTER IT HAS TAKEN ME 25 YEARS TO FIND ONE OF THESE PROFOUND RARITIES! THIS AMAZING FIND IS COMPLETE, UNMARKED AND TOTALLY ORIGINAL STRAIGHT FROM THE PRINTER IN 1781! THIS IS IT, YOU WILL NEVER SEE OR FIND ANOTHER ONE OF THESE!AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL 1781 DOCUMENT DECLARING THE FOURTH OF JULY AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!AN HISTORIC AMERICAN NATIONAL TREASURE!1781 Resolves of the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in New England; Begun and held at Boston, in the County of Suffolk, on Wednesday the Thirtieth Day of May, Anno Domini, 1781His Excellency John Hancock, Esq; Governor and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, and all the Military Forces of the Commonwealth, by Sea and Land. His Honor Thomas Cushing, Esq; Lieutenant-Governor.Printed by Nathaniel Willis, Boston, Printer to the Honorable General Court. [With a Resolution declaring the 4th of July a Holiday for the Very First Time!] "RESOLVES OF THE GENERAL COURT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS IN NEW-ENGLAND ..." Boston, Printed by Nathaniel Willis, Printer to the Honorable Genereal Court, 1781. First Edition! Large Tall Folio measuring 14" x 8.75". Bound / Sewn in its Original Printed Wraps, Whipstiching and pages coming loose. Contains 72 printed pages. WITH ORIGINAL UNCUT AND UNTRIMMED PAGE EDGES STRAIGHT FROM THE PRINTER IN 1781! This covers the resolutions of Massachusetts between May 31 to July 6, 1781. On July 3, 1781 Massachusetts became the Very First State Legislature to recognize July 4th, “The Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America” as an Official State Celebration!!! (Resolves of 1781, Chap. 123). Today some of the traditions still celebrated have their roots in how New Englanders celebrated the Fourth of July all those years ago. What Independence Day celebration would be complete now without a fireworks display? Lesser known is the New England tradition of creating enormous bonfires on the night of July 3rd which were the centerpiece of town Celebrations. The bonfires were generally built from wooden barrels and casks and set ablaze at midnight on July 3rd in order to usher in “A new year of Liberty!”* * * On page 57, Chapter CXXIII (123) is the Resolution Dated July 3, 1781 that reads as follows; ... "RESOLVE REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL MAKE SUITABLE PREPARATIONS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. JULY 3, 1781. RESOLVED, THAT HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, WITH THE ADVICE OF COUNCIL BE, AND HE IS HEREBY REQUSTED TO DIRECT THAT SUITABLE PREPARATIONS BE MADE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO INVITE SUCH GENTLEMEN AS HE MAY THINK PROPER." This is the Very First Time Any State Declared the 4th of July a Holiday!!! Only a few of these have been on the market since the 1800's and 2 were Incomplete and 2 had Library Stamps on the pages! This one is Totally Complete, UNMARKED and Totally Original Straight from the Printer in 1781! How Awesome, Exciting (and Sobering) it will be for some Lucky person to Actually Own this Original Cornerstone of American Independence! WOW!!THIS HISTORIC MUSEUM PIECE ALSO CONTAINS: * Resolve Providing for the "defence and security of Rhode-Island, and the fleet in the harbour of Newport" (p. 17)* Numerous resolves providing for payment of soldiers;* Resolve "requesting the Governor to write to his Excellency General George Washington, that the General Court expect a return of the cannon, mortars and powder, as soon as the present campaign is over" (p.19)* A "grant of one hundred and fifty pounds to Rev. Edward Wigglesworth, Professor of Divinity of Harvard-College, for his services to the 1st June last..." (p. 67)* Resolve appointing guardians over the Indian inhabitants of Gayhead..." * Resolve directing the selectmen of the town of Marlborough to support Daphne, a negro woman belonging to the estate of Henry Barnes..."; * Resolved that the Treasurer be directed not to exchange any old Continental bills of credit at the loan-office, for the bills of the new emission..." * Resolve directing the Judges of the Supreme Judicial Court not to make any settlement of the current money..."; * Resolve directing the agent of this state (Hon. Caleb Davis, Esq.) to deliver the overseers of the poor of the town of Charlestown, five casks of rice"; * Resolve for compleating this Commonwealth's quota of the Continental army...";* Resolve for detaching a suitable number of militia to guard the several magazines, stores, or prisoners in and about the town of Boston"; * Resolve directing the Commissary to supply the truck-master at Halifax with provisions for the Penobscot tribe of Indians...deliver...to Orano, the chief of said tribe"; * Resolve directing the selectmen of the town of Boston to appoint certain number of (fire) engine men, and excusing them from draughts and military duty"; * Resolve appointing a committee (Hon. Sam Adams, Samuel Allen Otis, and Thomas Davies, Esq'rs)...to write the Delegates of this Commonwealth in Congress, upon the subject matter of the old Continental currency"; * Resolve requesting the Governor to loan His Excellency General George Washington...such military stores as he shall want, and can be spared"; * Resolve requesting the Governor and Council to make suitable preparations for the celebration of the anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America"; * Resolve for raising 2700 men, for three months, for a reinforcement to the Continental army"; much more. AND MANY MORE HISTORIC AMERICAN DOCUMENTS! (The Resolves start with I (one) and end with CLXVI (166) on page 72.)HISTORY OF THE 4TH OF JULYBy the middle of the 1700s, the 13 colonies that made up part of England's empire in the New World were finding it difficult to be ruled by a king 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They were tired of the taxes imposed upon them. But independence was a gradual and painful process. The colonists could not forget that they were British citizens and that they owed allegiance to King George III. A "tea party" and a "Massacre" were two events that hurried destiny. Along with general unrest these events united the colonists. In 1767 a tea company in India, owned by England, was losing money. To save the company, England levied a tax on tea sold in the colonies in 1773. Partly as a joke, Samuel Adams and other Bostonians dressed up as Indians and dumped a cargo of the India Company Tea into the Massachusetts Bay. King George III did not think it was funny, nor did he lift the tax on tea. In the Boston harbor, British soldiers were jeered and stoned by colonists who thought the soldiers had been sent to watch them. The soldiers fired into the crowd and killed a few citizens. The colonists exaggerated the number killed and called it a massacre. Virginia took the first step toward independence by voting to set up a committee to represent the colonies. This First Continental Congress met in September of 1774. They drew up a list of grievances against the crown which became the first draft of a document that would formally separate the colonies from England. George Washington took command of the Continental Army and began fighting the British in Massachusetts. For the next eight years, colonists fought fervently in the Revolutionary War. In the meantime, a war of words was being waged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress presented & debated a second draft of the list of grievances, and John Hancock, the president of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign. The document, called the Declaration of Independence, was treasonous against the crown and the fifty-six men who signed it were in danger of being executed. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4 because that is the day when the Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. From July 8, 1776, until the next month, the document was read publicly and people celebrated whenever they heard it. The next year, in Philadelphia, bells rang and ships fired guns, candles and firecrackers were lighted. But the War of Independence dragged on until 1783. John Adams, a lawyer, the first Vice President and the Second President of the United States, was one of the members of the Second Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. He wrote to his wife, "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival... it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..." John Adams may have predicted the later Independence Day celebrations or perhaps he started traditions with his words. Every July fourth, Americans have a holiday from work. Communities have day-long picnics with favorite foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and all the fixings. The afternoon activities would not be complete without lively music, a friendly baseball game, three-legged races and a pie-eating or watermelon-eating contests. Some cities have parades with people dressed as the original founding fathers who march in parades to the music of high school bands. At dusk, people in towns and cities gather to watch the fireworks display. Wherever Americans are around the globe, they will get together for a traditional 4th of July Celebration! AN HISTORIC AMERICAN NATIONAL TREASURE!
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1781 Antique 4TH OF JULY MADE HOLIDAY Revolutionary War Declaration Independence: