John Dickinson, "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania," First Printing in Any Form of Letter III

The Pennsylvania Chronicle, and Universal Advertiser. Philadelphia, PA: William Goddard, Printer. December 7-December 14, 1767. Vol. I. No. 48. 4pp, 11.5 x 18.75 in. 

This handsome Colonial American newspaper contains a complete front page printing of the first printing in any form of Letter III in the series of John Dickinson's famous pre-Revolutionary War essays entitled "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the American Colonies." 

The "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania" consist of a series of twelve essays first published in the Pennsylvania Chronicle between 1767-1768 and authored by John Dickinson (1732-1808), who was not so much a typical "farmer," but rather a wealthy plantation owner and lawyer. The "Letters" have been credited with uniting the American colonists in opposition to the Townshend Acts and advancing a popular logic for self-governance that helped lead to the American Revolution. Although his "Letters" earned him the nickname "The Penman of the Revolution," Dickinson was much more than that, serving as a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congress and as a militia officer in the Revolution. He also drafted the Articles of Confederation, under which he served as President (Governor) of Delaware and Pennsylvania. In addition, Dickinson helped draft the US Constitution, for which he rallied support with another series of essays under the pen name "Fabius," and wrote the majority of the Delaware Constitution of 1792.


Minor wear along edges, including few chips/short tears. Few scattered spots, minor areas of soiling. Partial separation at central vertical fold. Otherwise very fine condition. 

Estimate: $400 - $600
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