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Dickinson, John (1732-1808) to Catharine Macaulay

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01790.01 Author/Creator: Dickinson, John (1732-1808) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 October 1770 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Argues that the Freeholders of America are firm in the cause of liberty. Associates the colonial cause with virtue and piety and implicitly identifies Britain with luxury and corruption. It is notable that so many colonists addressed their appeals to an Englishwoman.

People: Dickinson, John, 1732-1808.
Macaulay, Catharine, 1731-1791.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Loyalist, Morality and Ethics, Freedom and Independence, Women's History, Literature and Language Arts, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Revolutionary War, Civil Rights

Sub Era: Road to Revolution