Philadelphia: Printed by William and Thomas Bradford. 1769. 18.5cm, (in 4's), Third edition. ,104p., in plain marbled wrappers, a contemporary hand has neatly written the author's name on the title, very good sound condition, rare. (cgc). Item #40514
Howes D-329. Sabin 20044. Evans 11238. Adams, American Independence, 54.h: "These twelve letters appeared first in the Pennsylvania Chronicle between November 30, 1767 and February 8, 1768. Before the end of I767 almost every colonial newspaper began to reprint the series. Some printed only a few of the letters, but others printed all twelve." The author was one of a small group who, right up until 1776, urged conciliation; however, he briefly served in a special force raised in Delaware and took part in the Battle of Brandywine. He then, in rapid succession, held a variety of important offices, and "in 1787 as a delegate from Delaware he became a member of the convention to frame the Federal Constitution, and took an active and useful part in its proceedings."- (DAB, vol. I/I pp299-300) Adams notes two issues of the edition with no priority.