The Congress Canvassed: or, An Examination into the Conduct of the Delegates, at Their Grand Convention, Held in Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1774. Addressed to the Merchants of New York. By A. W. Farmer [pseud]. SAMUEL SEABURY.

The Congress Canvassed: or, An Examination into the Conduct of the Delegates, at Their Grand Convention, Held in Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1774. Addressed to the Merchants of New York. By A. W. Farmer [pseud].

Publisher: New York, Printed: London Reprinted for Richardson and Urquhart, 1775.
Edition: First English edition.
Bibliographical References: Sabin 78563; Adams, American Controversy, 74-69b; ESTC T13510, recording four copies in the UK and seven in the US.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 27397

Description

8vo, modern dark blue half morocco, blue cloth boards, gilt lettering. Half title present.

Comments

One of several pamphlets by Samuel Seabury (1729-1796), clergyman, controversialist and pamphleteer, in which he attacked the measures of the Continental Congress and defended the cause of the British in North America. A earlier pamphlet, Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, elicited a response from the young Alexander Hamilton, his first published work, and here Seabury responds to that. Seabury forcefully defended the British rule in the Colonies, but paid dearly for it, as did his American printer, James Rivington, whose printing office was ransacked by the Sons of Liberty. In the Postscript Seabury challenges the author of A Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress - that is, Hamilton - to further exchanges and suggests that he consult with Johnson's Dictionary in his use of language. Seabury later became the first Episcopal Bishop in North America.

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