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Boston Chronicle March 7, 1768, Containing One of John Dickinson's "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to Inhabitants of British Colonies"

Boston Chronicle. Boston, MA: Mein and Fleeming, February 19 - March 7, 1768. Vol. I, No. 12. 8pp. 8.5 x 10.5 in. 

This Chronicle issue contains one of John Dickinson's famous "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania." Dickinson's twelve so-titled essays were published between the years 1767 and 1768 in response to the Townsend Acts, encouraging colonists to unite against the taxes being placed upon them by the British Parliament and to realize their internal sovereignty. In the example featured here Dickinson explains, while referencing the works of Machiavelli, Alexander Pope, and the history of King James I, the importance of taking action immediately. He writes that "every disgusting measure" must be "opposed singly, and while it is new," rather than waiting for oppresions to accumulate, at which point, Dickinson argues, it is too late. One of Dickinson's most poignant lines reads, "Indeed, nations, in general, are not apt to think until they feel; and therefore nations in general have lost their liberty..."

John Dickinson (1732-1808) became known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his many written contributions to the revolutionary cause, including pamphlets, proposals, and letters. Some of his other notable works include the pamphlet The Late Regulations in response to the Sugar Act of 1764, and the "Declaration of Rights and Resolves" in response to the Stamp Act. After winning agreement from several colonies, the latter was sent to the King of England, and resulted in the repeal of the Stamp Act. His most famous works, however, undoubtedly remain the "Letters" described above. These were read widely across the American colonies, and in Britain and France as well. The "Letters" inspired Voltaire to compare Dickinson to Cicero and Samuel Adams to openly praise Dickinson during a Boston town meeting in 1768. Dickinson helped incite calls to boycott imported goods, a key step on the road to the American Revolution. 

Condition:

First and second sheets almost separated, others fully separated. Some spotting, with discoloration and wear to edges and corners, with some small areas of loss. 

Estimate: $200 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$406
04/10/2020

 

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