Modern Editions of Classic Works for Readers TodayrnEMPIRE AND NATIONrnLetters from a Farmer in Pennsylvaniarn(John Dickinson)rnLetters from the Federal Farmerrn(Richard Henry Lee)rnSecond EditionrnEdited by Forrest McDonaldrnTwo series of letters that have been described as “the wellspringsrnof nearly all ensuing debate on the limits of governmentalrnpower in the United States” are collected in this volume. The writingsrninclude Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania—the “farmer” beingrnthe gifted and courageous statesman John Dickinson and Lettersrnfrom the Federal Farmer—he being the redoubtable Richard Henry Leernof Virginia. Together, Dickinson and Lee addressed the wholernremarkable range of issues provoked by the crisis of British policiesrnin North America, a crisis from which a new nation emerged from anrnoverreaching empire. Dickinson wrote his Letters in opposition to the Townshend Acts by which the BritishrnParliament in 1767 proposed to reorganize colonial customs. The publication of the Letters was, as PhiliprnDavidson believes, “the most brilliant literary event of the entire Revolution.” Forrest McDonald adds, “Theirrnimpact and their circulation were unapproached by any publication of the revolutionaiy period except ThomasrnPaine’s Common Sense.” Lee wrote in 1787 as an Anti-Federalist, and his Letters gained, as Charles Warren hasrnnoted, “much more widespread circulation and influence” than even the heralded Federalist Papers. Both sets ofrnLetters deal, McDonald points out, “with the same question: the never-ending problem of the distribution ofrnpower in a broad and complex federal system.” The Liberty Fund second edition includes a new preface by therneditor in which he responds to research since the original edition of 1962.rnForrest McDonald is Professor of History at the University of Alabama and author also of E Pluribus Unum,rnamong other works.rn174 + xvi pages. Preface, introduction.rnHardcoverrnPaperbackrn$17.00rn$ 8.50rn0-86597-202-8rn0-86597-203-6rn(Indiana residents add 5% sales tax)rnCall 800-955-8335 I UcrHr p, ,rrr We payrnFax 317-579-6060 i^lDeny TUnQrnor write:rnshipping onrnprepaid orders.rn8335 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite #300, Dept. S12K, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1684rnExplore Liberty Fund’s catalogue on the World Wide Web atrnwww.libertyfund.orgrnrnrn