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(1730 - 1813), The New-England Almanac or Lady's and Gentleman's Diary, For the Year of our Lord Christ 1767... (Boston: Benjamin West, [1766]) [20pp.] 12mo., titled wraps and string bound. An edition of West's almanac soon after Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. West's preface dedicating the volume revels in the American victory in resisting the controversial tax: "...It is to you, my Countrymen, I am in a great measure indebted for my Freedom; it was you that so nobly exerted yourselves to bring about a repeal of the Stamp-Act, that so lately hung over our heads like a heavy Cloud; an Act in its nature detestable; plotted and contrived by a set of wicked designing men; and had it took place among us, would have inslaved [sic] millions of loyal Subjects, and subverted the whole constitution of English America. It is generally believed those wicked followers had something of a worse nature in view; 'but thanks be to GOD! the snare is broken and we are escaped and, we may well say, the LORD hath done great things for us ; whereof we are glad' It was by your zealous efforts, in favor of Liberty and Frugality, the Eyes of the British Manufacturers were opened to see their dependance [sic] on America -- and, under your care and Patronage, I shall endeavour this New-England Almanac shall make its future appearance in the World... " Drake, 3157; Evans 41677. Some wear at margins and spine, light toning and soiling, else very good.

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