Statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher (1729-1797) who, after relocating from Ireland to England, served for many years in the House of Commons. Considered a philosophical founder of modern conservatism, he is mainly remembered for his support of the American Revolution, and his later opposition to the French Revolution. Rare ALS signed “Edm. Burke,” one page, 7 x 7.5, April 1779. In part: "The gentleman who delivers this to you is a friend to the authour of the Pamphlet which accompanies it. As far as I am capable of judging, the Subject is handled with a very considerable degree of ability—& though the opinions toward the latter end differ a good deal from mine, the publick I think may profit by the discussion of them. How far it may suit you in the way of…you can best judge; or how far the publick is or is not satiated with this sort of speculation. On these matters I ought rather take your opinion than to attempt to lead you by any of mine, as the Authour is wholly unknown to me." Matted and framed with an early stipple engraving by John Henry Robinson (with facsimile signature) to an overall size of 10.25 x 17.5. In fine condition.
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