Shrewsbury. 1776. ,viii,130pp. 12mo. Dbd. Light tanning. Very good. Item #WRCAM53875
First edition of this pro-British pamphlet in which the author uses scripture to prove the British right and authority to tax and control the American colonies. Fletcher writes that though the British may subdue the colonies by the sword, they will inevitably remain unconvinced of their wrongs until they are persuaded by reason and scripture. "The duty of paying taxes to the protective power, is so strongly connected with christianity, that the Colonists must practically give up the scriptures, or submit to the reasonable demands of the British legislature. ... Beasts and savages can be conquered by fire and sword; but it is the glory of men and christians to be subdued by argument and scripture." Relatively scarce. ESTC T98714. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 76-47a. HOWES F191.