London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1775. , 91, [1 blank] pp. Disbound and lacking the half title, title page lightly dusted, else Very Good
Printed in the same year as the first edition, this pamphlet rebuts the "loud clamours" and "wild affections" of ingrates "who have denied to the parliament of Britain the right of taxing the American colonies." England, he says, has "the supreme power" to demand "such contributions as are necessary to the public safety or the public prosperity."
Johnson mocks the colonists' myth that they "fled from tyranny to rocks and deserts," and that England should abandon "all claims of justice, and all sense of dignity, in compassion for a harmless people, who having worked hard for bread in a wild country...are now invaded by unprecedented oppression, and plundered of their properties by the harpies of taxation." What a great writer!!
Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 26 [first edition]. Howes J149. ESTC T49888. Adams, American Controversy 75-69c. Sabin 36303. Item #31023