A Collection of Five Eighteenth-Century British Revolutionary Pamphlets
DOUGLAS, John. Letter Addressed to Two Great Men, on the Prospect of Peace. And on the Terms necessary to be insisted upon in the Negotiation. [with 4 other pamphlets]. London: A. Millar , 1760.
First edition, first issue with no errata below Finis on final leaf. [4], 55, [1, blank] pp. With half-title and final leaf verso blank. " This tract, relating to the Treaty of Utrecht and the French Canadian question, has been attributed to Junius, also to William Pulteney, Earl of Bath, but with more probability to John Douglas... The “Two Great Men” were Wm. Pitt and the Duke of Newcastle. The writer urges upon the government, in making peace with France, to require from her the relinquishment of all Canada, Guadaloupe, and Senegal." [Sabin 40263]. ESTC T37753.

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[Macpherson, James, Anonymous]. The rights of Great Britain asserted against the claims of America: Being an answer to the declaration of the general Congress. The third edition, with additions. London, Printed for T. Cadell, 1776.

The Third edition. [6], 96 pp. With folding chart "Appendix." Half-title, and advertisement leaf after the title-page. "Also attributed to Sir John Dalrymple, Lord George Germaine, and Henry Mackenzie." [ESTC T45081]. Half-title is soiled and some minor toning to a few pages." A reply to the July 1775 declaration of the Continental Congress, commissioned and widely distributed by the British government. “This celebrated performance is said to have been written, printed, and liberally distributed both in Great Britain and America, at the instance and expense of government; but whether this be true or not, the work itself, we are afraid, will answer no other purpose than to exasperate the people of Great Britain against their brethren of America; and, by inflaming misrepresentations and invective, aggravate the evils of our present civil discord.”---Monthly Review." [Sabin 18347]. Howes, D37. Evans 14727.

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[LIND, JOHN. Anonymous]. An answer to the Declaration of the American Congress. The Fourth Edition. London, Printed for T. Cadell, 1776.

Fourth Edition. [1]-132 pp. Leaves D2 and D3 trimmed close at fore-edge, just slightly affecting the printed marginal notes. " This anonymous work was ascribed to English barrister John Lind by Richard Price and others. In the work, Lind, a close associate of Jeremy Bentham, treats each of the Declaration's grievances individually, refuting them on philosophical and factual grounds. Pages 119-132 include a discussion of the Preamble to the Declaration, which he describes as an "absurd and visionary" theory of government." [National Book Auctions]. " In these later editions the outline of a counter declaration is omitted. With regard to the theory of government set forth in the preamble to the “Declaration,” the writer adds, “a theory, as absurd and visionary, as the system of conduct in defence of which it is established, is nefarious;” indeed each article of the Declaration of Independence is carefully examined and every assertion disputed." [Sabin 41281]. Howes L349, ESTC N5626.

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[Anonymous. T.M.] A letter to His Grace the Duke of Buccleugh, of national defence, to which is now added, a postscript, relative to the regiments of fencible men raising in Scotland. Edinburgh, Sold by J. Dickson, bookseller, 1778.

A reissue of the London edition of the same year with a cancel title-page and the addition of a postscript dated: Lincoln’s Inn, July 20th, 1778. [4], 72, [10, Postscript]. With the letter signed "T.M." Previous owner's old ink signature on title-page. This also includes remarks on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. ESTC T179898.

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[Burke, William, Anonymous.] Remarks on the letter addressed to two great men. In a letter to the author of that piece. London, Printed in the year 1760.

A pirated reprint [According to Todd, 263, item 98]. [32] pp. Bound without the half-title. Previous owner's old ink signature on title-page." Occasionally attributed to Charles Townshend but more generally assigned to William Burke and ’in part’ to Edmund" (Todd). A respond to the first pamphlet in this volume "The ’Letter addressed to two great men’ is by John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury." "Argues against giving Guadeloupe to the French. Attributed to Charles Townshend by Evans; however, the Dictionary of national biography attributes the Remarks to William Burke, secretary to Guadeloupe" Evans 8751. ESTC N26297.

Octavo (8 1/4 x 5 inches; 210 x 128 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy.

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