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Drake, Francis S. Tea Leaves: Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the Shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the Year 1773…. Boston: A.O. Crane 1884. 1 volume extended to 2. Illustrated with plates and facsimiles. 4to. Brown half morocco, spine gilt with raised bands, top edges gilt. First Edition. Superb, extra-illustrated copy; with about 55 extra portraits and plates (some hand-colored), an article, the prospectus for this book, and 15 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENTS relating to the Boston Tea Party bound-in, including examples signed by Samuel Adams and John Hancock the Tea Party's most famous leaders. Documents include: ADAMS, Samuel [1722-1803]. Manuscript document signed ("S. Adams Presid.”), 1p, 4to, Senate Chamber, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 17 May 1788, being an order to form a Committee "to inform his Hon the Leut. Govr and the Honble. Council of the Names of the Gentlemen elected yesterday as Senators agreeable to the Constitution," and then lists the ten men and their districts. HANCOCK, John [1737-1793]. Manuscript document signed ("J Hancock"), 1 p, oblong 8vo, Boston, 9 November 1772 to Ebenezer Hancock. An order from John Hancock to his younger brother, Ebenezer, authorizing the delivery of a quantity of nails, dated just over a year before the Boston Tea Party. HUTCHINSON, Thomas [1711-1780]. Document signed, Boston, 21 August 1762. Hutchinson was the very unpopular last Royal Governor of Massachusetts and a supporter of the Tea Tax. Other documents include: BERNARD, Francis [1712-1779]. Clipped signature. Bernard was Royal Governor of Massachusetts from 1760 to 1769. * PHILLIPS, William. Printed DS, 5 July 1791. Phillips was a tea party participant, and accompanied Samuel Adams and John Hancock at the meeting at the Liberty Tree on 2 November, 1773. * PICO, Joshua. Manuscript bill, 1799. Pico was a Boston cooper and Tea Party participant. * BYLES, Mather. Signed inventory of books. Byles was a Tory whose house was attacked by Colonel Crane. * GORE, Christopher [1758-1827].. Printed DS, 12 December 1791. Gore would become Governor of Massachusetts and was the younger brother of Samuel Gore. * MELVILL, Thomas. Printed DS as Inspector of the Port of Boston, 10 October 1796. Tea Party partipant. * WINSLOW, Joshua, Justice of the Peace. DS, Boston, 10 August 1764. Concerning a debt owed to Gilbert Deblois. Winslow and Deblois were both Loyalists. Winslow was one of the consignors of tea. * LLOYD, Henry. DS, 12 December 1770. Lloyd was a Boston merchant. * BRATTLE, William, DS, October 1771. Tea party participant. * COOPER, William. Manuscript notes from a meeting held at Faneuil Hall, Boston, 9 March 1801, to William Cooper Town Clerk, who was also Town Clerk at the time of the Tea Party. Appears to be endorsed with Cooper’s signature. * GREENLEAF, Stephen. Expense account of Stephen Greenleaf to the Province of Massachusetts, from Boston, 28 December 1772. Greenleaf was High Sheriff. * GIBBONS, Thomas. Expense account for Thomas Gibbons to the Duke of Newcastle, for traveling expenses in the summer of 1771. See illustration.

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Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Fine Books & Manuscripts including Western Americana
Date of the auction: 27 Jun 2006
Address: Bonhams London
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