THOUGHTS ON THE LETTER OF EDMUND BURKE, ESQ; TO THE SHERIFFS OF BRISTOL, ON THE AFFAIRS OF AMERICA. BY THE EARL OF ABINGTON. Willoughby Bertie Abington, 4th Earl of.

THOUGHTS ON THE LETTER OF EDMUND BURKE, ESQ; TO THE SHERIFFS OF BRISTOL, ON THE AFFAIRS OF AMERICA. BY THE EARL OF ABINGTON.

Oxford: Printed for W. Jackson... [1777]. 64pp, last leaf clipped at lower corner with loss of 2-3 words. Else clean and Very Good, in modern cloth.

"The leading British supporter of colonial rights attacks Burke for temporizing." Howes.
Abington discusses the suspension of habeas corpus, the supremacy of Parliament, the establishment of religion, and the American Revolution. He argues that, "if the liberties of our fellow-subjects in America are to be taken from them, it is for the idiot only to suppose that we can preserve our own. The dagger uplifted against the breast of America, is meant for the heart of Old England."
Adams notes seven London editions and a Dublin one, along with a Lancaster [Pa.] 1778 printing.
FIRST EDITION. Howes A14. Adams Controversy 77-1a. Item #37433

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