London: Printed for T. Cadell; J. Walter; and T. Sewell, 1776 [i.e., 1777]. Stated fifth edition. Pamphlet in modern marbled wrappers, 8.13 x 5.13 inches, 132 pages. A bit of worming in the gutter of the last 14 leaves, not touching text; some light dust-soiling; in very good condition. Item #20498
“The opinions of the modern Americans on Government, like those of their good ancestors on witchcraft, would be too ridiculous to deserve any notice, if like them too, contemptible and extravagant as they be, they had not led to the most serious evils.” A point-by-point argument against the Declaration of Independence, including attacks on the practices of American mobs, Paine’s Common Sense, etc. With a contemporary ink autograph note at the head of the title page, “by Mr. Lind author of the Letter on the Affairs of Poland.” The first issue in 1776 was of , xvi, 137 pages; subsequent versions were of 132 pages, as here (omitting “The Outlines of a Counter Declaration”), making this the fifth printing of the second issue—or the sixth overall. Adams, American Controversy, 76-87f: “Printed from the same setting of type as [the fourth edition], but in a different press run; the press figures differ. Notices: Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser, 21 Feb. 1777.” See Howes L-349 & Sabin 41281: “In these later editions the outline of a counter declaration is omitted. With regard to the theory of government set forth in the preamble to the ‘Declaration,’ the writer adds, ‘a theory, as absurd and visionary, as the system of conduct in defence of which it is established, is nefarious;’ indeed each article of the Declaration of Independence is carefully examined and every assertion disputed.” Bound with the half-title.