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"PLAYED A PART IN THE INDICTMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN, IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, IN THE COMING OF THE REVOLUTION, AND IN THE CREATION OF A CONSTITUTION WITH A BILL OF RIGHTS": TRENCHARD'S LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ARGUMENT AGAINST A STANDING ARMY, 1697

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (TRENCHARD, John). Letter From the Author of the Argument Against a Standing Army. London, 1697.

First edition of British radical John Trenchard's influential warning against standing armies, ranking them with absolutism—"capable of destroying all right, law and liberty that stood in their way"—pivotal in turning America toward revolution with Trenchard's writings regularly "quoted in every colonial newspaper from Boston to Savannah." $5500.

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"A STANDING ARMY IS SLAVERY"

(TRENCHARD, John). Short History of Standing Armies in England. London, 1698.

Third edition, issued same year as similarly rare earlier editions, of Trenchard's electrifying work that shaped American revolutionary thought and fundamentally "played a part in the indictment of Great Britain, in the Declaration of Independence, in the coming of the Revolution, and in the creation of a Constitution with a Bill of Rights," with Benjamin Franklin possessing a copy in his library. $4600.

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