Boston [MA]: Printed by Edes and Gill, in Queen Street, 1774. First edition. Stitched. 27 cm. - 20 pp. Half-title, "An Oration Delivered March Fifth, 1774," between mourning lines (chipped, worn, outer margins frayed, age darkened and soiled, old staining to gutter), title page, including five lines in Latin from Virgil, within mourning rules. Old horizontal fold across the middle of the pamphlet, likely responsible for the closed tear extending through the wide outer margins of the pages, not affecting text. Previous ownership signature of William Greenough [?] at the head of the title page. [There was a prominent Greenough family of merchants in Boston during the Revolutionary War era, so perhaps a family member?]
The author of this stirring oration, taking as its starting point the violent confrontation between Boston colonists and British soldiers which resulted in several civilian deaths in 1770, goes on to advocate: "Therefore let us also be ready to take the field whenever danger calls, let us be united and strengthen the hands of each other, by promoting a general union among us... uniting the Inhabitants of the whole Continent for the security of their common interest." Item #64312
Authorship of the oration has been attributed to Samuel Adams, to Benjamin Church and Joseph Warren, and to Samuel Cooper. (See T.R. Adams, "American Independence: The Growth of an Idea," a bibliography of American political pamphlets, [Providence, RI: 1965], # 117a, who notes "In all probability a number of Boston radicals had a hand in its composition.")
EVANS 13314 ESTC W21489 SABIN 30177 CHURCH 1104.