Seabury, Samuel. CONGRESS CANVASSED: OR, AN EXAMINATION INTO THE CONDUCT OF THE DELEGATES, AT THEIR GRAND CONVENTION, HELD IN PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 1, 1774.
New York: James Rivington, 1774
Seabury (1729-1796) was an Episcopalian minister who later became the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. He was an opponent of American independence during the Revolution and wrote a series of pamphlets attacking those in favor of freedom from England. This pamphlet is “a brilliant attack on the first Continental Congress, showing the illogic of the arguments that the king and his ministers are evil and the Parliament good, and correctly predicting that the Parliament would eventually back the king and that war would result. Alexander Hamilton's first work, A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress, &c., written while he was only seventeen years of age, was published in response to Seabury’s first pamphlet, ‘Free Thoughts . . .,’ and indeed Seabury notes in a postscript that he is ‘neither frightened nor disconcerted by it.’ Seabury was perhaps the pre-eminent exponent of Tory thought in America at the time, and the political exchanges between Seabury and Hamilton were some of the most contentious of the Revolutionary era.” (From Resource Books, LLC)
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Note: “Signed A.W. Farmer,” this work is sometimes erroneously attributed to Isaac Wilkins. Addressed to the merchants of New York. "Postscript" on page 28 dated Dec. 16, 1774, in response to Alexander Hamilton's “Full Vindication of the Measures of the Congress.”