Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton, Printers, 1901. First edition. 8vo. 42 pp. William Dickson (1739-1820), a native of Pennsylvania, relocated to Duplin County, North Carolina, becoming involved in public affairs in the 1760s; he was a member of the colonial assemblies, 1769-1771, and a delegate to provincial congresses in New Bern (1774), Halifax (1775 & 1776), and Hillsborough (1775). In 1777, Dickson was elected clerk of court of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, holding that post through 1819. The five long letters printed here show that Dickson held "an intuitive knowledge and foresight that was remarkable. His fears of the power of the president and the central government were allayed by the early leaders selected. Of the Federal Constitution he wrote that 'it is formed so as to lay the foundation of one of the greatest empires now in the world.'" Thornton 3340. Still a good copy. Original printed light green wrappers (some soiling and browning, chipped at spine ends, some separation along joints), stapled. (10310). Item #63805

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