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AN ANSWER TO PAIN'S [sic] RIGHTS OF MAN. By John Adams, Esq. Originally Printed in America
London: Reprinted for Owen Picadilly, 1793. [2],34pp. Original plain wrappers, stitched, as issued. Spine perishing, light wear at edges. Contemporary ownership inscription on front wrapper. Light tanning, occasional faint foxing. A very good copy, in original condition. Untrimmed. Second London printing of seven letters by John Quincy Adams, first published in Boston's COLUMBIAN SENTINEL between 1791 and 1793. This is one of five editions published in London and Dublin in the same year; there was no separate American edition. The letters were first attributed to John Adams, but were written by his son at the age of twenty-six. Adams' letters concern the French Revolution and the questions those events raised about the nature of good government. Like Thomas Paine, the younger Adams supports "the downfall of the arbitrary system of Government in France," but is repelled by Paine's assertion of an "infallible criterion of orthodoxy." In examining the RIGHTS OF MAN, he rejects the idea that England should "destroy their present form of government, and asserts that the English have exercised their inalienable rights and have chosen their own form of government. He then goes on to recount its perceived virtues, in opposition to Paine's glorification of "the mob," which will eventually destroy individual liberty. A scarce printing of one of John Quincy Adams' earliest published works. ESTC locates six copies in American institutions. ESTC N30406. WISE & CRONIN 14.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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