A Collection of 7 Eighteenth Century British Pamphlets
PRICE, Richard. Observations on the nature of civil liberty. he principles of government, and the justice and policy of the war with America. To which is added an appendix, containing a state of the national debt, an estimate of the money drawn from the public by the taxes, and an account of the national income and expenditure since the last war. By Richard Price, D.D. F.R.S. The Third Edition. [And 6 other Pamphlets]. London: Printed for T. Cadell , 1776.
Third edition. [8], 128 pp. With half-title. “The author of the above ‘Observations,’ must be ranked among the most respectable writers on the affairs of America. He does not attempt to engage our attention by the specious and flaming declamation of a party zealot, or the factious invective and rant of modern patriotism. In him we see the warm pleader, united with the sound reasoner, the intelligent politician, and above all, the independent man, the uninfluenced friend of his country.”---Monthly Review, LIV. 141, 221. Sabin 65452. ESTC T41825. Hower P586.

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[CARLYLE, Alexander]. The question relating to a Scots militia considered. In a letter to the lords and gentlemen who have concerted the form of a law for that establishment. By a freeholder. London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1760.

Second edition. [vii], [1, blank], [3]-42 pp. Collates same as the British Library copy. Some early ink signatures and notes on title-page and first page of preface, not affecting text. Some toning throughout. ESTC T143852.

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[MACPHERSON, James, Anonymous.]. A short history of the opposition during the last session of Parliament. The Third Edition. London; P rinted for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1779.

Third edition. [i]-56, 56-58, [1, blank] pp. In this edition there is '[Price one shilling.]' at the foot of the title-page. The text is continuous despite the pagination. ESTC T206695. "Attributes successes of Americans to the encouragement given them by Whig members. Attributed also to Edward Gibbon." Howes M181. " “Rather a picture than a history, and that picture a caricature; in which the antiministerial party makes but an awkward and scurvy appearance.”---Monthly Review, LXI. 68." Sabin 43633.

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[BURGOYNE, John]. [A letter from Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne to his constituents, upon his late resignation; with the correspondences between the Secretaries of War and him, relative to his return to America: London; For J. Almon, 1779].

Edition unknown. Lacking title-page. 37, [1, advertisements] pp. Note in old ink manuscript on top margin of first page. " After General Burgoyne’s surrender, he was allowed to return to England on parole. Thinking himself ill treated by the government, and having been elected Member of Parliament for Preston, he joined the opposition; whereupon an official order was sent to him, signifying that it was the King’s pleasure that he should return to America and rejoin his captive army. He remonstrated, and was again ordered, and, in consequence, resigned all his civil and military employments. In this letter he gives an explanation of his conduct." Sabin 9251

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[Anonymous]. A letter to Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne on his letter to his constituents. London; Printed for T. Becket, Corner of the Adelphi, in the Strand, 1779.

First edition. [4], 35, [1, advertisements] pp. With half-title. Signed at end: An Englishman. ESTC T102766. " “Instead of the liberal manner of a gentleman, this writer attacks Mr. Burgoyne with the ferocity of one of his own savages, reeking and hot from the murder of poor Miss McRay” [sic].--- M. R. LXI. 389." Sabin 9263.

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[BURKE, Edmund]. Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. member of Parliament for the city of Bristol, on presenting to the House of Commons (on the 11th of February, 1780) a plan for the better security of the independence of Parliament, and the oeconomical reformation of the civil and other establishments. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780. A counterfeit edition. [4], 95, [1, blank] pp. With half-title. A counterfeit edition with the same pagination as first the first edition, but is signed: [A]2 B-N4, and has no price on the half-title. References to the Board of Trade, the Colonies, Nova Scotia, etc. ESTC N68794.

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[Anonymous, Boswell, James sometimes attributed to]. A letter to Robert Macqueen Lord Braxfield, on his promotion to be one of the judges of the High Court of Justiciary. Edinburgh: Printed in the year M,DCC,LXXX. Sold by all the booksellers, 1780.

First edition. [1], 39, [1, blank] pp. With half-title. Sometimes attributed to James Boswell. ESTC T96373. "Boswell took the occasion to offer Braxfield some 'very outspoken advice' (Pottle) and praised the English system of justice (and English manners) over the Scottish."

Octavo (8 x 4 3/4 inches; 204 x 122 mm). All pamphlets bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Edges speckled red. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. A very good copy.

HBS # 68340 $1,000