JAMAICA FIGHTS FOR "SELF-PRESERVATION"

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The Assembly of the Island of Jamaica having, on the 9th day of December 1784, come to the following resolution …..

JAMAICA. ASSEMBLY,, The Assembly of the Island of Jamaica having, on the 9th day of December 1784, come to the following resolution ….. Mr. Stephen Fuller …. Agent for the same island, thinks himself in duty bound to lay before both Houses of Parliament ….. The substance of the petitions presented to the Assembly ….. In respect to the intercourse with the American States ….. [London or Saint Jago de la Vega, 1785].

4to., 15 + (1)pp., caption title, at head of title-page "Harley Street June 1st. 1785", unopened and uncut in original wrappers. A fine copy in its original state.

First edition.

The eleven petitions from the Jamaica planters ask for both understanding and relief from "the Parent State" and ask for taxation to be reduced. "That as we revere our connection with the Parent State, we have often submitted in silence, though not without observation, to accumulated imposts laid on the fruits of our industry, without consulting in any manner our ability to bear them ….." [p.5]. Scarce. ESTC finds copies at Cambridge + NLS + King's Coll. London, and at Kress + Hist.Soc. Pennsylvania + NYPL + NY Hist. Soc. [sewn with], [JAMAICA. ASSEMBLY] Jamaica. Ss. To the King's most excellent Majesty in Council. The humble memorial and petition of the Council and Assembly of Jamaica. Saint Jago de la Vega, Jamaica (?), 1794., 4to., caption title, 8pp. Including a large folding table. A fine copy. First edition. On the grievances of the colony and the necessity of trade with the United States. Scarce, ESTC locating copies only at NLS + Cambridge + King's London and at Kress + Bowdoin + NYPL + NY Hist. Soc. + Hist. Soc. Penn. [sewn with], FULLER, Stephen The representation of Stephen Fuller Esq; Agent for Jamaica, to His Majesty's Ministers. [London? Or Saint Jago de la Vega, 1785]. 4to., caption title, sewn as issued, entirely unopened and uncut. A fine copy in original condition. First edition. Jamaica in a desperate plight has unilaterally opened its ports to American and other ships "solely by motives of self-preservation".