The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XV. Colonial and Revolutionary Literature; Early National Literature, Part I.

VIII. American Political Writing, 1760–1789



[Almon, John.] A Collection of Papers, relative to the Dispute between Great Britain and American, from 1764 to 1775. London, 1777. Cited as The Prior Documents, and followed, for the Revolutionary period, by Almon’s Remembrancer.

Force, Peter [compiler]. American Archives. A Documentary History of the North American Colonies. Only the Fourth Series, 6 vols. (1774–1776), and Fifth Series (1776–1783) were published. Washington, 1837–53.

American Political Writing, 1760–1789

Hart, A. B. American History told by Contemporaries. 4 vols. 1897–1901.

MacDonald, William. Select Charters and other Documents illustrative of American History. 1899.

Niles, Hezekiah. Principles and Acts of the Revolution in America. Baltimore, 1822. New York [reprint], 1876.

Sparks, Jared. The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution. 12 vols. Boston, 1829–30.

Wharton, Francis, The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence. 6 vols. Washington, 1889.


Channing, E., Hart, A.B., and Turner, F.J. Guide to the Study and Reading of American History. Boston, rev. ed., 1912.

Bradford, Alden [editor]. Speeches of the Governors of Massachusetts from 1765 to 1775; and the Answers of the House of Representatives, with their Resolutions. Boston, 1818.


Ford, W.C., and Hunt, G. Journals of the Continental Congress. Washington, 1904–(in course of publication. Vol. XXIII carries the record through 1782. Bibliographical appendices for each year list the publications of the Congress for the year.)


Elliot, Jonathan. Debates in the several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, & c. 4 vols. Washington, 1827. 2d ed., 1836. “New” ed. 5 vols. Philadelphia, 1906.

Farrand, Max. Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. 3 vols. New Haven, 1911. (Authoritative and complete.) Farrand, Framing of the Constitution of the United States, New Haven, 1913, is a useful supplement to the Records.


Adams, John. Works … with a Life of the Author. Ed. Adams, C. F. 10 vols. Boston, 1850–56.

Adams, Samuel. Writings. Ed. Cushing, H. A. 4 vols. 1904–08.

Deane, Silas. The Deane Papers. Ed. Isham, C. Collections, N.Y. Hist. Soc. 3 vols. 1887–89.

Dickinson, John. Writings. Ed. Ford, P.L. Memoris Hist. Soc. Pa. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1895. This supersedes Political Writings. 2 vols. Wilmington, 1801.

Franklin, Benjamin. See Bibliography to book I, Chap. VI.

Hamilton, Alexander, Works, comprising his Correspondence. Ed. Hamilton, J.C. 7 vols. 1850–51. Superseded by Works. Ed. Lodge, H.C. 10 vols. 1885.

Hutchinson, Thomas. See Bilbliography to Book I, Chap. II.

Izard, Ralph. Correspondence. Vol. I [all published]. 1844.

Jay, John. Correspondence and Public Papers. Ed. Johnston, H. P. 4 vols. 1890–93.

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Ed. Washington, H. A. 9 vols. Washington, 1853–54. Superseded by Writings. Ed. Ford, P. L. 10 vols. 1892–99.

Madison, James. Papers … being his Correspondence and Reports of Debates. Ed. Gilpin, H. D. 3 vols. Washington, 1840. Letters and other Writings. 4 vols. Philadelphia, 1865. Both of these editions superseded by Writings. Ed. Hunt, G. 9 vols. 1900–1910.

Washington, George. Writings, ed. Sparks, J. 12 vols. Boston, 1837. Superseded by Writings. Ed. Ford, W. C. 14 vols. 1889–93.

Wilson, James. Works. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1804.

Witherspoon, John. Works. 4 vols. Philadelphia, 1802.

The Federalist. In the [New York] Independent Journal, October, 1787–April, 1788. Collected ed., 1788. Many eds. The best are those by Lodge, H. C., 1886, and Ford, P. L., 1898.


Ford, P. L. [ed.]. Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, 1787–1788. Brooklyn, 1888. (Privately printed.)

—— Essays on the Constitution of the United States, 1787–1788. Brooklyn, 1892.

Sparks, J. [ed.]. Correspondence of the American Revolution; being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington. 4 vols. Boston, 1853.

Sprague, W. B. Annals of the American Pulpit. 8 vols. 1857. Vols. I and II, Trinitarian Congregational; vol. VIII, Unitarian Congregational.

Thornton, J. W. The Pulpit of the American Revolution. Boston, 1860.


Tyler, M. C. The Literary History of the American Revolution, 1763–1783. 2 vols. 1897. [Vol. II contains an excellent annotated bibliography.]


Adams, J. Q. and Adams, C. F. The Life of John Adams. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1871.

Morse, J. T., Jr. John Adams. Boston, 1884. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Hosmer, J. K. Samuel Adams. Boston, 1884. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Wells, W. V. The Life and Public Service of Samuel Adams. 3 vols. Boston, 1865.

Stillè, C. J. The Life and Times of John Dickinson. Philadelphia, 1891. (Memoirs of Pa. Hist. Soc., vol. XIII; also a separate imprint.)

McMaster, J. B. Benjamin Franklin as a Man of Letters. Boston, 1887. (American Men of Letters series.)

Morse, J. T., Jr. Benjamin Franklin. Boston, 1889. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Hamilton, J. C. The Life of Alexander Hamilton. 2 vols. 1834.

Lodge, H. C. Alexander Hamilton. Boston, 1882. Rev. ed., 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Morse, J. T., Jr. The Life of Alexander Hamilton. 2 vols. Boston, 1876.

Henry, W. W. Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence and Speeches. 3 vols. 1891.

Tyler, M. C. Patrick Henry. Boston, 1887. Rev. ed., 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Foster, W. E. Stephen Hopkins, a Rhode Island Statesman. 2 pts. Providence, 1884. (R. I. Historical Tracts, No. 19.)

Pellew, G. John Jay. Boston, 1890. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Morse, J. T., Jr. Thomas Jefferson. Boston, 1883. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Randall, H. S. The Life of Thomas Jefferson. 3 vols. 1888.

Tucker, G. The Life of Thomas Jefferson. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1837.

Sparks, J. Life of Charles Lee. Boston, 1846. (Library of American Biography, vol. VIII, Second series.)

Lee, R. H. Memoir of the Life of Richard Henry Lee. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1825.

Gay, S. H. James Madison. Boston, 1884. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Rives, W. C., Jr. History of the Life and Times of James Madison. 3 vols. Boston, 1859.

Magruder, A. B. John Marshall. Boston, 1885. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)

Goddard, H. P. Luther Martin, the Federal Bulldog. Baltimore, 1887.

Sparks, J. Life of Gouverneur Morris. 3 vols. Boston, 1832.

Tudor, W. Life of James Otis. Boston, 1823.

Conway, M. D. Life of Thomas Paine. 2 vols. 1892.

Quincy, E. Life of Josiah Quincy. Boston, 1867.

Beardsley, E. E. Life and Correspondence of the Right Reverend Samuel Seabury. Boston, 1881.

Irving, W. Life of George Washington. 5 vols. 1855–59.

Lodge, H. C. George Washington. 2 vols. Boston, 1889. Rev. ed. 1898. (American Statesmen series.)