London: J. Almon, 1774. vii,126pp. plus one leaf of advertisements. Lacks half title. 19th-century black half morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Extremities worn, boards and spine rubbed. Minor toning and foxing to first and last few leaves. Very good. First British edition, after the Philadelphia edition of the same year. An important political pamphlet by the influential author. Dickinson established his reputation as a brilliant lawyer in 1765, when he wrote his first tract against the Stamp Act and his LETTERS FROM A FARMER IN PENNSYLVANIA... became one of his most important patriotic tracts prior to the Revolution. In 1774 he was elected chairman of the Philadelphia Committee of Correspondence, and this pamphlet consists of three papers he drew up which were adopted by the Committee in July of that year. "They state the principles upon which the colonies based their claim to redress; instructions to the Congressional delegates to be chosen by the Assembly; and a treatise on the constitutional power of Great Britain to tax the colonies" - DAB. Over the crucial next two years, Dickinson would grow gradually more conservative, eventually becoming opposed to the independence movement. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 74-28b. HOWES D326. SABIN 20046. DAB V, pp.299-300. (Inventory #: WRCAM28866C)
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