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An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain. Arthur Lee.
An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain.

An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain.

A Plea in Support of the American Colonists [Lee, Arthur (1740-1792)]. An Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People of Great Britain, In the Present Disputes with America, By an Old Member of Parliament. London: Printed for J. Almon, 1774. [iv], 63, [5] pp. With a half-title. Final two leaves are publisher advertisements. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent period-style calf, blind rules and fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing to extremities, a few minor nicks to boards, moderate toning to interior, early ink doodles to pp. 2-3, mostly to margins, small chip to fore-edge of half-title, which is lightly soiled, as is the verso of the final leaf. $2,000. * First edition. A response to the Townsend Acts, this pamphlet argues that the rights of the colonists enjoy the same rights as other British subjects and predicts dire consequences if those rights are ignored. Three more editions were published in 1775; its final edition, the fourth, in 1776. Lee also published a sequel in 1775 titled A Second Appeal to the Justice and Interests of the People, On the Measures Respecting America. This pamphlet and its sequel have been attributed to William Pitt the Elder, Richard Glover and Benjamin Franklin. Both were, in fact, written by Lee. A member of the prominent Virginian family and a longtime resident of London, where he practiced law, Lee was an American diplomat and spy during the American Revolution. English Short-Title Catalogue T22274. Howes, USIana L183. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 39697.

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