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London: T. W. Shaw, 1776. "The Americans have certainly been guilty of the horrid Crime of distinguishing between PROTECTION, and OPPRESSION, between FREEDOM and SLAVERY, and they have already convinced the World, how truly sensible they are of the DIFFERENCE, and how much they prefer the former to the latter...they, fighting in the Cause of Truth and Freedom, Justice and their Country, and preferring DEATH to SLAVERY, will be crowned with Victory and never fading Laurels, whilst the Vengeance of Heaven, will persue and destroy the Enemies to universal Liberty, and the natural Rights of Mankind; and America shall rise like the Phenix out of her Ashes, and erect an INDEPENDENT EMPIRE of HER OWN, the Terror and Admiration of the World." [THE CRISIS, NUMBER LI, SATURDAY, January 6, 1776, To be continued Weekly, DURING THE PRESENT BLOODY CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA, Price Two-pence Halfpenny] It is an Act of PUBLIC JUSTICE not only to RESTRAIN, but to DESTROY TYRANTS. William Moore. London: T. W. SHAW, 1776. First Edition. 4to, 11 1/2" x 7 1/8". Disbound, three leaves tipped together at center fold for six pages [pp.328-333], pagination continuous from previous numbers, as issued. Text begins with an ornate woodcut initial with the motto AURO LIBERTAS PRETIOSIOR: "FREEDOM IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD." Violent censure of the British ministry's American policy; Thomas Paine probably borrowed this title when he launched a similar series. "Who can read the horrid Recital of the Destruction of Charles-Town, and Falmouth in America, without feeling his Mind agitated by a Mixture of pity, hor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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