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Burke, Edmund:

SUBSTANCE OF THE SPEECHES MADE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, ON WEDNESDAY, THE 15TH OF DECEMBER, 1779. ON MR. BURKE'S GIVING NOTICE OF HIS INTENTION TO BRING IN A BILL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS RECESS, FOR THE RETRENCHMENT OF PUBLIC EXPENCES, AND FOR THE BETTER SECURING THE INDEPENDENCE OF PARLIAMENT.

J. Almon, London: 1779 [2], 17, [1]pp. Stitched, untrimmed, partly uncut. Very Good to Near Fine. The "Substance" was evidently conveyed to Almon by Burke himself, who asserts his thesis that, "The fatal and overgrown influence of the Crown" has caused "the whole of all of our grievances." He speaks out against corrupt, negligent, self-serving, power-hungry Ministers: "the same men, in the same power, sitting undisturbed before you, though thirteen colonies have been lost." Supporting Burke, Dempster responds "that the influence of the Crown is the true cause of the mischievous origin, the destructive progress, the absurd conduct, and the obstinate prosecution, without view or hope, of this cursed American war...If it continues, and goes on as it has done, I vow to God, I do not think his Majesty will sit securely on his throne." FIRST EDITION. Todd 31. Not in Sabin or Adams.


Book Id: 11540

Price: $650.00

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