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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.


Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787

Tobias George Smollett. 1721–1771. Epigram from Independence
William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. 1708–1778. On the War with America
Benjamin Franklin. 1706–1790. Passages from his Autobiography
Franklin’s Discovery of the Positive and Negative States of Electricity
His Invention of the Lightning Rod
The Electrical Kite
That Lightning Usually Passes from Earth to the Clouds
A Theory of Light and Heat
The Way to Wealth
Franklin before the House of Commons
Rules for Reducing a Great Empire to a Small One
The Ephemera: An Emblem of Human Life
The Whistle
Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout
To George Whitefield, On Faith and Good Works
To Joseph Priestley, With a Method of Deciding Doubtful Matters
To William Strahan, After the War Had Begun
To His Daughter, Mrs. Sarah Bache, On Hereditary Titles and Honors
To Samuel Mather, With Biographical Anecdotes
To George Whatley, With Moral and Philosophical Reflections
To Mrs. Jane Mecom, On Good and Bad Spelling
To Thomas Paine, Dissuading Him from Publishing a Certain Work
To Noah Webster, On New-Fangled Modes of Writing and Printing
To Ezra Stiles, With a Statement of His Religious Creed
To David Hartley, Explaining the Origin of the Stamp Act
To Robert Morris, On the State of American Credit in Europe
Thomas Hutchinson. 1711–1780. The Regicides in New England
Religious Customs in New England
The Character and Rule of Governor Burnet
The Tragedy of Acadia
A Royalist View of the Patriot Leaders
Margaret Hutchinson Mistress Peggy Goes to Court
Samuel Curwen. 1715–1802. A London Promenade in the Last Century
King George’s Reluctant Submission
Personal Notes and Observations
Jonathan Mayhew. 1720–1766. On the Righteousness of Rebellion
A Patriot’s Thanksgiving
John Woolman. 1720–1772. How He Testified in Meeting against Slavery
An Exercise Concerning Dyed Garments
An Angelic Dispensation
On the Keeping of Slaves
Samuel Hopkins. 1721–1803. A New England Minister on Slavery
An Admonition to Aaron Burr
Samuel Adams. 1722–1803. Natural Rights of the Colonists as Men
To His Majesty’s Commissioners
James Rivington. 1724–1802. A Tory’s Petition to the Continental Congress
A Reckoning with Ethan Allen
John Witherspoon. 1723–1794. From His Parody on Rivington’s Petition
The Meaning of the Revolution
Some Reflections on Matrimony
Henry Laurens. 1724–1792. A Patriot in the Tower
James Otis. 1725–1783. Letter to a Noble Lord
Ezra Stiles. 1727–1795. The Fruits of the Contest
Anecdotes of the Three Judges
Mercy Otis Warren. 1728–1814. Woman’s Trifling Needs
The Death of Parson Caldwell’s Wife
John Adams’s Monarchical Ideas
Joseph Galloway. 1731–1803. The Commercial Argument against Separation
British Mismanagement in America
Thomas Jones. 1731–1792. How President Myles Cooper Ran away
The Wonderful Winter of 1779
How the British Troops Protected the Loyalists
Sir William Johnson’s Baronial Hall
J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur. 1735–1813. The Happy Farmer
The American
Nantucket Customs a Century Ago
George Washington. 1732–1799. On His Appointment As Commander-in-Chief
The Soldier’s Farewell to His Wife
After the Fight at Bunker’s Hill
The Restless Army at Valley Forge
The Appeal of a Patriot
A Military Dinner-party
A Republican No
Advice to a Favorite Nephew
On Women and Matrimony
To the Wife of His Friend
To a Happy Bridegroom
The Approach of the Presidency
A Great Experiment
An Admonition to His Niece
Farewell Address to the People of the United States of America
John Dickinson. 1732–1808. A Warning to the Colonies
Of the Right to Freedom; and of Traitors
A Duty to Posterity
The Declaration of the Representatives in 1775
Joseph Stansbury. 1750–1809. Let Us Be Happy As Long As We Can
To His Wife
Richard Henry Lee. 1732–1794. The Colonies to the Mother Country
Benjamin Church. 1734–1778. To the Heirs of the Pilgrims
John Adams. 1735–1826. Characteristic Entries in His Diary
A Balanced Government
A Character of Franklin
To Nathan Webb, With a Strange Prediction
To James Sullivan, On Popular Suffrage
To His Wife, On the Birth of the New Nation
To Benjamin Rush, On Mrs. Adams’s Patriotism
To Timothy Pickering, With an Account of a Famous Document
To John Quincy Adams, On His Election to the Presidency
Samuel Peters. 1735–1826. The Frogs of Windham
Stories of Connecticut Towns
Manners and Customs of Connecticut in the Last Century
Patrick Henry. 1736–1799. The Alternative
Of the Return of the Refugees
Jonathan Odell. 1737–1818. Democracy
Thomas Paine. 1737–1809. Of the Separation of Britain and America
The Day of Freedom
The Birthday of the Republic
The Foppery of Titles
Representative Government
Paine Opposes the Execution of Louis XVI.
In a French Prison, 1794
Man and His Maker
Liberty Tree
The Study of God
Francis Hopkinson. 1737–1791. Some Satirical Distinctions
The Organ
Benedick, the Married Man
The Battle of the Kegs
The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat
To a Recreant American
The Wasp
Ethan Allen. 1738–1789. The Capture of Ticonderoga
On a Prison-Ship
Joseph Warren. 1741–1775. Free America
In Solemn Commemoration of the Boston Massacre
James Wilson. 1742–1798. Loyalty to Law
William Henry Drayton. 1742–1779. The Arraignment of George III.
Nathaniel Niles. 1741–1828. The American Hero
Thomas Jefferson. 1743–1826. Passages from His Autobiography
An Anecdote of Doctor Franklin
Hamilton and Adams
To Peter Carr, With Good Advice to a Young Man
To Madame La Comtesse de Tesse, in a Complimentary Vein
To P. Mazzei, Upon the Political Condition of the Country
To Doctor Benjamin Rush, Upon the Christian Religion
To Governor Sullivan, Concerning Presidential Tours
To Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Giving Some Rules of Conduct
To John Adams, Taking a Cheerful View of Life
To Doctor Vine Utley, Describing the Writer’s Physical Condition
To John Adams, On Political Parties
To Timothy Pickering, On a Sermon by Doctor Channing
To John Adams, Recalling Their Long Friendship
Declaration of Independence The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
Josiah Quincy, Jr. 1744–1775. An Interview with Lord North
The Duty of Americans
The Feeling of Englishmen
The Consequences of “Taste
Of Rebellion
Abigail Adams. 1744–1818. A Glimpse of Madame Helvetius
Opera Girls in the Last Century
At St. James’s
The Ambassador’s Ball
Washington, in the Second Presidency
Aaron Cleveland. 1744–1815. The Family Blood
James Moody. 1744–1809. Failure of the Plot to Seize the Federal Archives
Luther Martin. 1748–1826. An Early View of State-Rights
Jeremy Belknap. 1744–1798. The Siege of Louisbourg
Episodes of Warfare in New Hampshire
John and Roger: or New England Intolerance
Benedict Arnold. 1741–1801. His Proposal to His Peggy
John Jay. 1745–1829. An Appeal to Justice
An Appeal to Honesty
A Letter to a Lady
How Slavery Was Fastened on the United States
Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence
Oliver Ellsworth. 1745–1807. A Tariff the Proper Source of National Revenue
Revolutionary Songs and Ballads Yankee Doodle
Taxation of America
A New Song
The Ballad of Nathan Hale
Battle of Trenton
The Fate of John Burgoyne
The Progress of Sir Jack Brag
Yankee Doodle’s Expedition to Rhode Island
A Fable
The Present Age
The Dance
The Congress
Bold Hawthorne
Lindley Murray. 1745–1826. The Happy and Virtuous Moravians
Account of a Famous Grammar
Benjamin Rush. 1746–1813. A Reformer of the Last Century
The Consistent Life of Benezet
Robert R. Livingston. 1746–1813. On the Condition of the Country
A Comparison of Two Nations
To the Society of the Cincinnati
John Paul Jones. 1747–1792. Chivalrous Letter to the Countess of Selkirk
Action between the “Bon Homme Richard” and the “Serapis
Jonathan Mitchel Sewall. 1748–1808. A Cry to Battle
War and Washington
Hugh Henry Brackenridge. 1748–1816. Bunker’s Hill
Provincial Honors to an Exciseman
William White. 1748–1836. He Visits Johnson and Goldsmith
Reminiscences of Washington
David Ramsay. 1749–1815. The Prisoners of the Revolution
Some Results of the Revolution
John Trumbull. 1750–1831. The Dunce’s Refuge
A Time-Worn Belle
M’Fingal’s Dole
Lemuel Hopkins. 1750–1801. On General Ethan Allen
On a Patient Killed by a Cancer Quack
John Ledyard. 1751–1789. The Death of Captain Cook
Russia and the Russians a Hundred Years Ago
The Traveller’s Tribute to Woman
“The Hartford Wits” From “The Anarchiad
From “The Echo
From “The Political Green-House
James Madison. 1751–1836. On the Expediency of Adopting the Federal Constitution
View of the Powers Proposed to Be Vested in the Union
Whether the State Governments Are in Danger from the Federal Power
Concerning African Colonization
On the Theory of Secession
Advice to My Country
St. George Tucker. 1752–1827. Days of My Youth
Philip Freneau. 1752–1832. Prologue to a Comedy
Lord Dunmore’s Petition to the Legislature of Virginia
Eutaw Springs
On Barney’s Victory over the Ship “General Monk
On a Travelling Speculator
The Indian Burying-Ground
The Wild Honeysuckle
The Parting Glass
On the Ruins of a Country Inn
To a Honey Bee
Death’s Epitaph
Alexander Graydon. 1752–1818. Wild British Officers in America
How Philadelphia Dealt with Loyalists
Some Remarkable Cavaliers
Timothy Dwight. 1752–1817. The Perilous Escape of Wadsworth and Burton
The Honesty of Richard Jackson
A Dog’s Fidelity
A Story of Gratitude
Anecdotes of a Traveller
The Burning of Fairfield
The Smooth Divine
Ann Eliza Bleecker. 1752–1783. Of the Fair Susan
A Prospect of Death
Gouverneur Morris. 1752–1816. Cabinet Qualifications
He Dines with a Literary Woman
In the Last Days of King Louis’s Reign
A Strange Scene at Mass
David Humphreys. 1752–1818. His Battles o’er Again
On Life
Putnam and the Wolf
Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. 1753–1814. How Count Rumford Reclaimed the Beggars of Bavaria
Phillis Wheatley. 1753–1784. On Imagination
On the Death of C. E., an Infant of Twelve Months
To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth
Joseph Brown Ladd. 1764–1786. What Is Happiness?