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DISCOURSES CONCERNING GOVERNMENT BY ALGERNON SIDNEY

Publication Date: 1763

One of the primary influences on the Declaration of Independence, including letters and notes on his trial not included in the 1698 first edition. Association copy. Sidney was executed in 1683 for complicity in the Rye House Plot. His papers, confiscated by the court, were primary evidence against him: he declared, for example, that the king is subject to rather than above the law and that the people had the right to depose the monarchy. Sidney's contribution to the rise of republicanism is evident in the writings of Jefferson, Burke, and others. "It is probably the best elementary book of the principles of government... which has ever been published in any language." "Jefferson identified Sidney as one of four writers who provided the intellectual foundations of the Declaration of Independence." #0316

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