On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters

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Yale University Press, 2000 - History - 525 pages
The great British statesman Edmund Burke had a genius for political argument, and his impassioned speeches and writings shaped English public life in the second half of the eighteenth century. This anthology of Burke's speeches, letters, and pamphlets, selected, introduced, and annotated by David Bromwich, shows Burke to be concerned with not only preserving but also reforming the British empire.

Bromwich includes eighteen works of Burke, all but one in its complete form. These writings, among them the "Speech on Conciliation with the American Colonies," A Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol, the "Speech at Guildhall Previous to the Election" of 1780, the "Speech on Fox's India Bill," A Letter to a Noble Lord, and several private letters, demonstrate the depth of Burke's efforts to reform the empire in India, America, and Ireland. On these various fronts he defended the human rights of native peoples, the respect owed to partners in trade, and the civil liberties that the empire was losing at home while extending its power abroad.
 

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Contents

Speech at His Arrival at Bristol 1774
43
To William Burgh 9 February 1775
58
A Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs
135
Two Letters to Gentlemen in Bristol on the Trade
184
Some Thoughts on the Approaching Executions 1780
199
Speech at Bristol Guildhall Previous to the Election 1780 21
258
Speech on Reform of Representation 1782
268
Speech on Foxs East India Bill 1783
282
To Miss Mary Palmer 19 January 1786
371
Speech in Opening the Impeachment of Warren
377
To CharlesJeanFranšois Depont November 1789
403
Preface to Brissots Address
440
A Letter to a Noble Lord 1796
464
Select Bibliography
515
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David Bromwich is Housum Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic and Politics by Other Means, both published by Yale University Press.

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