The Correspondence of Richard Price, Volume III

February 1786–February 1791

The Correspondence of Richard Price, Volume III

Book Pages: 376 Illustrations: Published: February 1994

American Studies, General Interest > Biography, Letters, Memoirs, History > European History

This third and final volume in the series completes the known extant correspondence of Richard Price (1723-1791). Perhaps best known as a political philosopher, Price made significant contributions to Anglo-American intellectual life in the late eighteenth century in a variety of fields. This remarkable collection of letters, most previously unpublished, is impressive for the breadth of topics covered--religion, theology, politics, education, liberty, finance, demography, and insurance.
Price's correspondence with Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Rush, and other Americans concern the issues of slavery, the rebellion in Massachusetts, use of paper money, opposition to the establishment of religion, and the status of the federal government. Letters to Priestly, Lansdowne, and others in Britain are about science and technology, the crisis in the United Provinces, armed neutrality, the national debt, revolution, religious sects, and foreign relations. In his correspondence with French leaders following the fall of the Bastille, particularly with le Duc del la Rochefoucauld, Price expresses his high hopes for the growth of civil and religious freedom in France.
Indispensable for an understanding of the work of one of the best known and most distinguished Welshmen of the eighteenth century, this book—and the series—will also be of interest to those who study the history of ideas.



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W. Bernard Peach is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Duke University.

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Preface to Volume III xv

Introduction to Volume III xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

Abbreviations xxv

A List of the Short Titles of the Published Works of Richard Price xxix

A Chronology of Richard Price's Life for the Period Covered by This Volume xxxi

The Correspondence, February 1786 - February 1791 1

Appendix I. Dated letters located too late to be included in chronological sequence 341

Appendix II. Undatedletters 347

Index 351

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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1327-4