Papers of John Adams, volume 2

From Benjamin Kent

To Joseph Palmer

3.

See 4 March 1774, above. The publication of Political Disquisitions caused a sensation in America because it reinforced the belief of Americans in the depravity of the British government and the purity of their own cause (Oscar and Mary Handlin, “James Burgh and American Revolutionary Theory,” MHS, Procs. , 73 [1961]:38–57).