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HUTCHESON, Archibald.

Copies of some letters from Mr. Hutcheson, to the late Earl of Sunderland.

And an introduction to the same.

London: Printed for T. Payne, 1722 Stock Code: 135193
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First edition, printing the letters of Hutcheson's "idiosyncratic efforts during 1721-2 to persuade Lord Sunderland to inaugurate a popular ministry, embracing 'country principles' and capable of governing a nation traumatized by the South Sea crisis, which produced nothing but his own disillusion" (ODNB). As MP for Hastings, Hutcheson had devoted much of the previous decade warning of the impending collapse of the South Sea Company, and had now been vindicated by the events, but the government still paid little attention to his views. Sunderland had died in April 1722, and Hutcheson published the letters in an attempt to swing public opinion following his death, claiming that Sunderland was in agreement with his line of thinking. Second, third and fourth editions of the letters followed the same year. There is another edition dated 1722 without an imprint, issued as part of Hutcheson's Three Treatises in 1723 as well as separately, which can be presumed to be later.

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Octavo (188 x 119 mm). Disbound pamphlet, earlier sew-holes in margin, edges speckled red.


Half-title and terminal advertisement present. Early notation, cropped, to p. 28. Initial and final pages slightly soiled, slight soiling to p. 15. A very good copy.


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