|Publisher||SIBLEY & DUCKER|
Sibley & Ducker, 1895. FIRST EDITION, thus. Part of the 'Students' Series of English Classics' - Handy Edition. Very good condition, tightly bound and clean - with the exception of neat small former owner name dated "10/00", rear endpages having pencil written notes, and light underlining and border notes, which can most probably be easily erased but can be viewed as an interesting addition to an already interesting turn of the century publication. Burke's important speech proposing peace with the American Colonies. "In this character of the Americans, a love of freedom is the predominating feature which marks and distinguishes the whole: and as an ardent is always a jealous affection, your colonies become suspicious, restive, and untractable, whenever they see the least attempt to wrest from them by force, or shuffle from them by chicane, what they think the only advantage worth living for. This fierce spirit of liberty is stronger in the English colonies probably than in any other people of the earth; and this from a great variety of powerful causes; which, to understand the true temper of their minds, and the direction which this spirit takes, it will not be amiss to lay open somewhat more largely. First, the people of the colonies are descendants of Englishmen. England, Sir, is a nation, which still I hope respects, and formerly adored, her freedom. The colonists emigrated from you when this part of your character was most predominant; and they took this bias and direction the moment they parted from your hands. They are therefore not only devoted to liberty, but to liberty according to English ideas, and on English principles." Edited by L. DuPont Syle. 51 pages plus 2 pages ads.