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If at length it becomes undoubted that an inveterate resolution is formed to annihilate the liberties of the governed, the English history affords frequent examples of resistance by force. What particular circumstances will in any future case justify such resistance can never be ascertained till they happen. Perhaps it may be allowable to say generally, that it never can be justifiable until the people are fully convinced that any further submission will be destructive to their happiness. - John Dickinson, Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania (Letter III)

The above quote from John Dickinson’s Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania shows an attitude about English-colonial relations that would inform his writing of this later document:


The Declaration of Independence.


The Olive Branch Petition.


Common Sense.


Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress.


The Massachusetts Circular.

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