Hartford: Printed by Ebin. Watson, near the Groat [sic] Bridge, 1773. First edition. 12mo, 19th century maroon half calf, marbled boards, 47,  pages. Somewhat rubbed; a very good copy. Item #18943
An important early work published just prior to the second Yankee-Pennamite War (the ongoing conflicts between Pennsylvania and Connecticut settlers over title to the Wyoming Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania), this claim on behalf of Connecticut based on the Royal Charter of 1662 to the Susquehanna Company. Streeter Sale 702: “This is a rather poorly worked out exposition of Connecticut’s claim under its 1662 royal charter to land north of the 41st parallel along the Susquehanna claimed by Pennsylvania under the 1681 charter to William Penn. Despite the title there is no mention in the text of the Susquehanna purchase, the tract on which Wilkes-Barre was founded by Connecticut settlers in 1769. Though rather ineffectively done, this pamphlet is of importance as being one of the first on this very live issue, and for bringing forth a reply the following year by the well-known Dr. William Smith of Pennsylvania.” Evans 12978; Howes C-684 (b): “Attributed to Samuel Mather.” Evidence of a bookplate removed from the front paste-down; old ink inscription quite faded (and trimmed) at the head of the title page, with a later 19th century neat ink inscription in the gutter of the title page. Trimmed somewhat closely along the top edges, with loss to perhaps one or two pagination numbers but not affecting the text.