Item #81324 Strictures on a Pamphlet Entitled a "Friendly Address. Charles LEE.

Strictures on a Pamphlet Entitled a "Friendly Address

Item #81324

[LEE, Charles]. Strictures on a Pamphlet Entitled a "Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans, on the Subject of Our Political Confusions." Addressed to the People of America. America: Boston: Re-Printed and Sold at Greenleaf's Printing Office, 1775. 20pp. Later cloth, printed paper label on front board. Untrimmed, light scattered foxing, minor wear to spine ends, label foxed, else very good. HOWES L-193. Evans 14151. Sabin 39714. Adams, American Independence 125b. ESTC W3577. A Friendly Address to All Reasonable Americans, which proposed reconciliation between Britain and the colonies, was by Thomas Bradbury Chandler (1726-1790), a Yale graduate (1745), an Anglican minister, and an ardent loyalist (DAB). In it, Chandler supported the Intolerable Acts, warned against a bloody and futile colonial rebellion, argued that the colonists were unreasonable, and insisted that English policies were just and sensible. Charles Lee's response "has all the notes of that brilliant and Mephistophelian personage-eccentricity, fluentness, smartness, tartness, a mocking tone, a cosmopolitan air, unusual information, an easy assumption of authority on all subjects-particularly on those appertaining to military history and military criticism"-Tyler, Literary History of the American Revolution 395. The pamphlet was first printed in Philadelphia in 1775. This is one of five 1775 printings.

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