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. 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 :38–57).