Items of the Day: Not-entirely-fictional Letters from America

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Letters from an American Farmer; Describing Certain Provincial Situations, Manners, and Customs, not Generally Known: and Conveying some Idea of the Late and Present Interior Circumstances of the British Colonies in North America. Written for the Information of a Friend in England, By J. Hector St. John, a Farmer in Pennsylvania.

Written by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, 1735-1813. Includes advertisement, dedication, contents, and publisher’s advertisement (maps missing). Printed in London by Thomas Davies and Lockyer Davis, 1782.

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Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, To the Inhabitants of the British Colonies.

Written by John Dickinson, 1732-1808. The letters were first published in the Pennsylvania Chronicle, December 2, 1767 – February 15, 1768./ Cf. The Writings of John Dickinson, v. 1, 1895, p. 282-283. Printed in Boston by Mein and Fleeming to be sold by John Mein at the London Book-store, 1778.

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Letters and dissertations on various subjects, by the author of the letter Analysis A.P. on the disputes between Great Britain and America. Bound With: A letter to Lord George Germain./ Extracts from the journals of the Provincial Congress of South-Carolina…/ Extracts from the journals of the Provincial Congress of South-Carolina…/ An oration in memory of General Montgomery…/ The battle of Bunkers-Hill : A dramatic piece, of five acts in heroic measure./ Reponse de Mr. J. de Pinto…/ An enquiry whether the guilt of the present civil war in America…/

Written by Thomas Crowley, ca. 1700-ca. 1785. Bound with assorted political pamphlets. Letters, etc., dated 1765-1776; most of them are signed Amor Patriae, a few appearing over the author’s name. For the most part they relate to the Stamp Act and other disputed measures. Printed for the author; old by Mess. Dilly; Mess. Richardson and Urquhart; and Eliz. Brooke, [1782?].

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Inchiquin, The Jesuit’s Letters, During a Late Residence in The United States of America; Being a Fragment of a Private Correspodence, Accidentally Discovered in Europe; Containing a Favourable View of the Manners, Literature, and State of Society, of the United States, and a

Refutation of Many of the Aspersions Cast upon this Country, by Former Residents and Tourists. By Some Unknown Foreigner.

Written by Charles Jared Ingersoll, 1782-1862. The author was an American lawyer and statesman. The book offers historical, social and literary commentary. Ingersoll, later a politician and diplomat, wrote several dramas and volumes of poetry. This book, his most notable literary achievement, is a political satire attacking those English authors whose narratives of their American travels unvaryingly criticize American mores. The purported author is a European Jesuit. The “Quarterly Review’s” diatribe against Ingersoll’s work elicited important defences of it by Timothy Dwight and James Kirke Paulding. Printed and published in New York by I. Riley, 1810.


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Filed under 1770's, 1780's, 1810's, American Indians, Posted by Carrie Shanafelt

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