June 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


John Dickinson, Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, Published in the Boston Chronicle

Letters I-XII (complete) of John Dickinson's Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania, to the inhabitants of the British colonies, published in eight non-consecutive volumes and one supplement of The Boston Chronicle, December 21, 1767 to March 7, 1768, (vols. 1-3, 5, 7-9, supplement of Feb. 15, 1768, and vol. 12).  Stated volumes previously bound together but now missing the spine and covers. 8.75 x 10.5 in. First volume inscribed to Mr. Oliver Abbot.

Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania 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. 

The author, John Dickinson (1732-1808), was not so much a typical "farmer" as a wealthy plantation owner and lawyer.  Although his Letters earned him the nickname "The Penman of the Revolution," he 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 U.S Constitution, which he rallied support for with another series of essays under the pen name Fabius, and wrote the majority of the Delaware Constitution of 1792.

Condition:All volumes previously bound together, now missing the spine and covers, and in four sections with remnants of binding glue.  Pages toned with some wear at edges and scattered minor stains.  All text clearly legible.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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