A Pretty Story Written in the Year of Our Lord 2774

By: Grievous, Peter [Hopkinson, Francis]

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A fine copy. 1970 Stapled Binding. v, 29 pp. An allegory of the causes of the American Revolution. The First Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774, the members committed to redress for British oppression. The grievances were many and urgent. More than ten years of inhibiting legislation and coercive acts of Parliament had brought the American colonists to open rebellion. The delegates to that Congress and the public were able to read the allegorical account of their tribulations in Francis Hopkinson's A Pretty Story..., just published and sufficiently popular to have a second Philadelphia edition in 1774. The readers would have had little difficulty with the elements and figures of the allegory, introduced by the Latin phrase on the title page for as if in a mirror. The Nobleman is the King of England; his wife, Parliament; the Great Paper, Magna Charta; the Steward, Lord North; the Gruel Merchants, the East India Company; Jack Massachusetts; the padlock on Jack's gate, the Boston Port Bill of 1774; the Overseer, General Gage. The oppressive measures against the adventuring children--the Townsend Act, the Mutiny Act, the Stamp Act, the Declaratory Act and other restraining laws are figuratively described. The story ends abruptly with the closing of the port of Boston in the summer of 1774, with the phrase in Latin for the rest is lacking.

Title: A Pretty Story Written in the Year of Our Lord 2774

Author: Grievous, Peter [Hopkinson, Francis]

Categories: Historical, Military, American, Revolutionary Era through 1800,

Publisher: G.K. Hall & Co.: 1970

Binding: Stapled Binding

Book Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 2279799