[Boston: 1782]. 59pp, disbound, half title. Minor soil and wear, Very Good.
An illuminating Revolutionary War sermon. Adams analyzes England's form of government, concluding that the King is "an absolute monarch" and that the British people are "very venal and corrupt." The sine qua non of good government is that the people choose their own rulers. "Dominion by conquest, by artifice, by saintship, or grace, is justly to be reprobated. It is our duty to resist such usurpers whenever we are able." Regular election of representatives for short intervals renders a people "as free as the state of the world will commonly admit." Adams gives a thorough, sophisticated discourse on the necessity for separation of powers, with checks and balances.
FIRST EDITION. Evans 17450. Newberry Library Pamphlets 12. Item #12976