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    John Dickinson's "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania:" Its First Appearance in Any Form. The Pennsylvania Chronicle, December 2, 1767. Published here is the second of a series of 12 essays published under the nom de plume "A Farmer" from 1767 through 1768 by the Pennsylvania lawyer and legislator. Widely reprinted in pamphlet form, the letters argued that, while the British Parliament had sovereignty over the American colonies for purposes of regulatory and taxing trade, the colonies were sovereign over their own internal affairs. Hence taxes levied on the colonies which were really for the purposes of raising revenue for the Crown were unconstitutional. His was one of the earliest suggestions that armed resistance might become necessary. In Letter III he writes, "If at length it becomes undoubted that an inveterate resolution is formed to annihilate the liberties of the governed, English history affords frequent examples of resistance by force." A rare and important Pre-Revolutionary War printing, in excellent condition but for a hint of very minor light aging. Some roughness along left edge where it was disbound. 4 pp. 11.5" x 18.5".


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