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Preface to the Liberty Fund Edition

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pp. vii-viii

A minor problem arises in connection with the decision to reissue the classic essays in this volume, one that at first blush may seem not minor at all. Richard Henry Lee's authorship of the Letters from the Federal Farmer has been questioned. It had, indeed, been challenged even before my first edition appeared in 1962. William W Crosskey, an erratic and controversial constitutional historian, ...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xvi

At first glance, it might seem that John Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania and Richard Henry Lee's Letters from the Federal Farmer have little in common beyond being epistles from negative-minded agrarians. Two decades and a Revolution separated their publication: Dickinson's Letters were published late in 1767, Lee's late in 1787. ...

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Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies

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pp. 1-86

LETTER I
My dear Countrymen,
I am a Farmer, settled, after a variety of fortunes, near the banks of the river Delaware, in the province of Pennsylvania. I received a liberal education, and have been engaged in the busy scenes of life; but am now convinced, that a man may be as happy without bustle, as with it. My farm is small; my servants are few, and good; I have a little money at interest; ...

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Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Goverment Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential and Necessary Alterations of it. In a number of Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republican

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pp. 87-175

LETTER I
October 8, 1787.
Dear Sir, My letters to you last winter, on the subject of a well-balanced national government for the United States, were the result of free enquiry; when I passed from that subject to enquiries relative to our commerce, revenues, past administration, etc. I anticipated the anxieties I feel, on carefully examining the plan of government proposed by the convention. ...

A Note on the Type

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