Washington, DC: Peter Force, 1835. 1st Edition Thus. 8vo. Very Good. Item #17154
A scarce and one of the earliest personal accounts of Bacon's Rebellion.
Cotton goes into great detail to parse out the particulars of the rebellion, including the players involved, troop movements, miles travelled, and outcomes.
"Ann Cotton was the wife of John Cotton, an attorney who, for a time, owned a plantation on Queen's Creek in York County; he also wrote an account of the rebellion which his wife shortened and to which she added a good many parenthetical references. Both Nathaniel bacon as well as Virginia Governor William Berkeley are referenced.
"Ann Cotton's highly personal version of events was contained in a letter that was intended for a friend in England. That letter was first published without a note on its provenance on September 12, 1804, in the Richmond Enquirer; it was subsequently reprinted in 1835 and included in the first volume of Peter Force's influential compendium Tracts and Other Papers, Relating Principally to the Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America." - encyclopediavirginia
11pp. Bound in two sheets by a single staple (added at a later date, as the first patent for a stapler was issued in 1841). The first sheet is unopened and contains the first eight pages, and the second, a half sheet, is opened and contains pages 9-11 as well as the back blank page.
Mild and sporadic foxing. Mild edge wear.
Overall an incredible specimen of this scarce work in its first non-newspaper appearance. Likely unbound leaves from Force's influential "Tracts", remarkably preserved.
Howes, F247; Sabin, 17039; Haynes, only in its later 1898 printing. #1H-039.