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    A petition to King George III for lenience toward the Colonies

    An Incredible Autograph Document Signed, "Frances Dodshon", two pages, 7.75" 12.75", no place given but likely England, December 27, 1774, a lengthy petition to King George III to avoid conflict with the American colonies. The author writes in part: "...Let it seem a strange thing to thee O' King that one of thy Faithful Subjects Should be impress'd [sic] with a deep inward Travail of Spirit for thy prosperity, with that of thy Amiable Consort and your royal Offspring... I have been secretly favor'd [sic] with a belief that this petition that been accepted of him who inspired it... I have Sustained... a View which I have cause to believe was given by the Holy Spirit of the Alarming tendency of the commotions that unhappily prevail in some parts of thy Dominions which if not timely & wisely suppressed will greatly I fear Involve this Nation in almost Irreparable grievances &Troubles... what Lays with the greatest weight on me is the Dreadfull [sic]Consequences that may attend should the Sword be once Drawn... O' King to thy Serious consideration... endow thee with Wisdom and Resolution to Act for thy Own and thy Subjects good and the preservation of peace and Tranquility throughout thy Extensive Dominions - And wherein thy American Subjects may be thought blame worthy, Suffer me O King to Intreat [sic] thee to Deal with them as a Tender Father & Compassionate Sovereign Chastize [sic] them not with Scorpions - Rebuke them not in Anger so shall thou prevent the Effusion of Blood, The ending of a potent Empire & by Lenient Measure win and Secure to thyself their Obedience Loyalty and Affection... " Unfortunately for Dodshon, matters were already spiraling out of control: the final petitions for reconciliation would be placed before Parliament in February, 1775 but they would fall on deaf ears. George III approved New England Restraining Act on March 30, 1775 and Governor Gage received orders on April 14 to enforce it and to take action to prevent a more arms from falling into the hands of the rebels. This action would result in the battles at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. Usual folds with light toning, else very good condition. A remarkable document that might have changed history had it found a receptive audience. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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