Burke: Select Works. Vol. 1. Thoughts on the Present Discontents. The Two Speeches on America. Edited by E.J. Payne
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"Seek peace and ensue it; leave America, if she has taxable matter in her, to tax herself.”
Edmund Burke, born in Dublin 1729, was a statesman, economist, and philosopher. After moving to London in 1750 he became a Member of Parliament for the Whig Party. As a politician he is remembered for his support for Catholic emancipation and his staunch opposition to the French Revolution.
This volume contains Burke’s speeches on the crisis between Great Britain and the American colonies that led to the American War of Independence. It includes the pamphlet: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents (1770), and the speeches: On American Taxation (1774) and On Conciliation with the Colonies (1775).
Burke urged compromise and a peaceable solution to the disagreements between Great Britain and the American Colonists. He did not dispute the right of the crown to tax the colonies but objected to doing so without their consent.
Burke’s pleas were ignored, and the resultant conflict led to the Declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America.