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Works of Spooner: Chronological and Thematic Lists

The Works of Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) in 5 volumes: The Second Edition

Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) was a legal theorist, abolitionist, and radical individualist who started his own mail company in order to challenge the monopoly held by the US government. He wrote on the constitutionality of slavery, natural law, trial by jury, how binding was the authority of the US Constitution over individuals, intellectual property, paper currency, and banking.

We began putting Spooner's works online book by book and pamphlet by pamphlet over a period of several years - the "first edition" as it were. They can all be found here </people/4664> from which the entire collection can also be searched. However, we believe that a chronological listing of his works has considerable advantages for scholars and readers, so we plan to reorganise the collection along these lines - the "second edition". The planned volumes are the following:

The Collected Works of Lysander Spooner (1834-1886), in 5 volumes (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2015).

The first link (e.g. </pages/works-of-spooner-1>) will take you to a temporary HTML version of the second edition, and the second link will take you a PDF version with facsimiles of the originals.

The following tables of contents of the Collected Works provide a chronological list in order of date of publication (useful for seeing how his interests and ideas changed over time) and a thematic list by topic. The numbers refer to the work’s place in the chronological order:

More information about Spooner and his work:

  • Spooner's main bio page: </people/4664>.
  • School of Thought: Abolition of Slavery </groups/33>.
  • School of Thought: 19th Century Natural Rights Theorists </groups/38>.

 


 

Chronological Table of Contents

The following is a list in order of date of publication of Spooner’s writings. The list also shows in what volume of this collection these texts can be found. The link for each title (e.g. </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_002>) will take you to a copy of the first edition of the text in the main OLL collection.

Volume I (1834-1850)</pages/works-of-spooner-1> or PDF </titles/2294>

[1.] The Deist's Immortality, and an Essay on Man's Accountability for his Belief (Boston, 1834). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_002>]

[2.] "To the Members of the Legislature of Massachusetts." Worcester Republican. - Extra. August 26, 1835. [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_005>]

[3.] The Deist's Reply to the Alleged Supernatural Evidences of Christianity (Boston, 1836). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_006>]

[4.] Supreme Court of United States, January Term, 1839. Spooner vs. M'Connell, et al. (n.p., 1839). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_013>]

[5.] Constitutional Law, relative to Credit, Currency, and Banking (Worcester, Mass.: Jos. B. Ripley, 1843). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_017>]

[6.] The Unconstitutionality of the Laws of Congress, Prohibiting Private Mails (New York: Tribune Printing Establishment, 1844). </titles/2231>.

[7.] Poverty: its Illegal Causes and Legal Cure. Part First. (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1846). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_024>]

[8.] Who caused the Reduction of Postage? Ought he to be Paid? (Boston: Wright and Hasty's Press, 1850). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_034>]

[9.] Illegality of the Trial of John W. Webster (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_062>]

[10.] A Defence for Fugitive Slaves, against the Acts of Congress of February 12, 1793, and September 18, 1850 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850). </titles/2225>.

 

Volume II (1852-1855) </pages/works-of-spooner-2> or PDF </titles/2295>

[11.] An Essay on the Trial by Jury (Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1852). </titles/2181>.

[12.] The Law of Intellectual Property; or An Essay on the Right of Authors and Inventors to a Perpetual Property in their Ideas, Vol. 1 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1855). </titles/2243>.

 

Volume III (1858-1862) </pages/works-of-spooner-3> or PDF </titles/2296>

[13.] A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery, and To the Non-Slaveholders of the South (n.p., 1858). </titles/2181>.

[14.] Address of the Free Constitutionalists to the People of the United States (Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1860). </titles/2230>.

[15.] The Unconstitutionality of Slavery (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1860). </titles/2206>.

[16.] The Unconstitutionality of Slavery: Part Second (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1860). </titles/2207>.

[17.] A New System of Paper Currency. (Boston: Stacy and Richardson, 1861). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_067>]

[18.] Our Mechanical Industry, as Affected by our Present Currency System: An Argument for the Author’s “New System of Paper Currency” (Boston: Stacy & Richardson, 1862). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_001>]

 

Volume IV (1863-1873) </pages/works-of-spooner-4> or PDF </titles/2297>

[19.] Articles of Association of the Spooner Copyright Company for Massachusetts (n.p., 1863). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_004>]

[20.] Considerations for Bankers, and Holders of United States Bonds (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1864). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_008>]

[21.] A Letter to Charles Sumner (n.p., 1864). </titles/2233>.

[22.] No Treason, No. 1 (Boston: Published by the Author, 1867). </titles/2195>.

[23.] No Treason. No II.The Constitution (Boston: Published by the Author, 1867). </titles/2213>.

[24.] Senate-No. 824. Thomas Drew vs. John M. Clark (n.p., 1869). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_021>]

[25.] No Treason. No VI. The Constitution of No Authority (Boston: Published by the Author, 1870). </titles/2194>.

[26.] A New Banking System: The Needful Capital for Rebuilding the Burnt District (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1873). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_026>]

 

Volume V (1875-1886)</pages/works-of-spooner-5> or PDF </titles/2298>

[27.] Vices are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty in Dio Lewis, Prohibition a Failure, Or, The True Solution of the Temperance Question (Boston: J.R. Osgood and Company, 1875), pp. 107-46. [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_038>]

[28.] Our Financiers: Their Ignorance, Usurpations, and Frauds. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1877). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_040>]

[29.] The Law of Prices: A Demonstration of the Necessity for an Indefinite Increase of Money. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1877). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_042>]

[30.] Gold and Silver as Standards of Value: The Flagrant Cheat in Regard to Them. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1878). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_044>]

[31.] Universal Wealth shown to be Easily Attainable. Part First (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1879). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_044>].

[32.] No. 1. Revolution: The only Remedy for the Oppressed Classes of Ireland, England, and Other Parts of the British Empire. A Reply to “Dunraven” (Second Edition, n.p., 1880). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_049>]

[33.] Natural Law; or the Science of Justice: A Treatise on Natural Law, Natural Justice, Natural Rights, Natural Liberty, and Natural Society; showing that all Legislation whatsoever is an Absurdity, a Usurpation, and a Crime. Part First. (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1882). </titles/2182>.

[34.] A Letter to Thomas F. Bayard: Challenging his Right - and that of all the Other Socalled Senators and Representatives in Congress - to Exercise any Legislative Power whatever over the People of the United States (Boston: Published by the Author, 1882). </titles/2232>.

[35.] A Letter to Scientist and Inventors, on the Science of Justice, and their Right of Perpetual Property in their Discoveries and Inventions (Boston: Cupples, Upham & Co., 1884). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_052>]

[36.] A Letter to Grover Cleveland, on his False Inaugural Address, the Usurpations and Crimes of Lawmakers and Judges, and the Consequent Poverty, Ignorance, and Servitude of the People (Boston: Benj. R. Tucker, Publisher, 1886). </titles/2224>.

 


 

Thematic Table of Contents

[The numbers refer to the work’s place in the chronological order. The links are to the texts in the main OLL library.]

Religion

[1.] The Deist's Immortality, and an Essay on Man's Accountability for his Belief (Boston, 1834). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_002>]

[3.] The Deist's Reply to the Alleged Supernatural Evidences of Christianity (Boston, 1836). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_006>]

 

Economics, Money, and Banking

[7.] Poverty: its Illegal Causes and Legal Cure. Part First. (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1846). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_024>]

[17.] A New System of Paper Currency. (Boston: Stacy and Richardson, 1861). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_067>]

[18.] Our Mechanical Industry, as Affected by our Present Currency System: An Argument for the Author’s “New System of Paper Currency” (Boston: Stacy & Richardson, 1862). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_001>]

[20.] Considerations for Bankers, and Holders of United States Bonds (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1864). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_008>]

[26.] A New Banking System: The Needful Capital for Rebuilding the Burnt District (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1873). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_026>]

[28.] Our Financiers: Their Ignorance, Usurpations, and Frauds. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1877). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_040>]

[29.] The Law of Prices: A Demonstration of the Necessity for an Indefinite Increase of Money. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1877). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_042>]

[30.] Gold and Silver as Standards of Value: The Flagrant Cheat in Regard to Them. Reprinted from “The Radical Review” (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1878). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_044>]

[31.] Universal Wealth shown to be Easily Attainable. Part First (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1879). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_044>].

 

Slavery and Abolition

[10.] A Defence for Fugitive Slaves, against the Acts of Congress of February 12, 1793, and September 18, 1850 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850). </titles/2225>.

[13.] A Plan for the Abolition of Slavery, and To the Non-Slaveholders of the South (n.p., 1858). </titles/2181>.

[14.] Address of the Free Constitutionalists to the People of the United States (Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1860). </titles/2230>.

[15.] The Unconstitutionality of Slavery (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1860). </titles/2206>.

[16.] The Unconstitutionality of Slavery: Part Second (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1860). </titles/2207>.

[21.] A Letter to Charles Sumner (n.p., 1864). </titles/2233>.

 

Law & the Constitution

[2.] "To the Members of the Legislature of Massachusetts." Worcester Republican. - Extra. August 26, 1835. [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_005>]

[4.] Supreme Court of United States, January Term, 1839. Spooner vs. M'Connell, et al. (n.p., 1839). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_013>]

[5.] Constitutional Law, relative to Credit, Currency, and Banking (Worcester, Mass.: Jos. B. Ripley, 1843). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_017>]

[6.] The Unconstitutionality of the Laws of Congress, Prohibiting Private Mails (New York: Tribune Printing Establishment, 1844). </titles/2231>.

[8.] Who caused the Reduction of Postage? Ought he to be Paid? (Boston: Wright and Hasty's Press, 1850). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_034>]

[9.] Illegality of the Trial of John W. Webster (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1850). [Shorter Works, vol. 1: </titles/2290#lf1531-01_head_062>]

[11.] An Essay on the Trial by Jury (Boston: John P. Jewett and Co., 1852). </titles/2181>.

[12.] The Law of Intellectual Property; or An Essay on the Right of Authors and Inventors to a Perpetual Property in their Ideas, Vol. 1 (Boston: Bela Marsh, 1855). </titles/2243>.

[19.] Articles of Association of the Spooner Copyright Company for Massachusetts (n.p., 1863). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_004>]

[24.] Senate-No. 824. Thomas Drew vs. John M. Clark (n.p., 1869). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_021>]

[35.] A Letter to Scientist and Inventors, on the Science of Justice, and their Right of Perpetual Property in their Discoveries and Inventions (Boston: Cupples, Upham & Co., 1884). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_052>]

 

Political Thought

[22.] No Treason, No. 1 (Boston: Published by the Author, 1867). </titles/2195>.

[23.] No Treason. No II.The Constitution (Boston: Published by the Author, 1867). </titles/2213>.

[25.] No Treason. No VI. The Constitution of No Authority (Boston: Published by the Author, 1870). </titles/2194>.

[27.] Vices are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty in Dio Lewis, Prohibition a Failure, Or, The True Solution of the Temperance Question (Boston: J.R. Osgood and Company, 1875), pp. 107-46. [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_038>]

[32.] No. 1. Revolution: The only Remedy for the Oppressed Classes of Ireland, England, and Other Parts of the British Empire. A Reply to “Dunraven” (Second Edition, n.p., 1880). [Shorter Works, vol. 2: </titles/2292#lf1531-02_head_049>]

[33.] Natural Law; or the Science of Justice: A Treatise on Natural Law, Natural Justice, Natural Rights, Natural Liberty, and Natural Society; showing that all Legislation whatsoever is an Absurdity, a Usurpation, and a Crime. Part First. (Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1882). </titles/2182>.

[34.] A Letter to Thomas F. Bayard: Challenging his Right - and that of all the Other Socalled Senators and Representatives in Congress - to Exercise any Legislative Power whatever over the People of the United States (Boston: Published by the Author, 1882). </titles/2232>.

[36.] A Letter to Grover Cleveland, on his False Inaugural Address, the Usurpations and Crimes of Lawmakers and Judges, and the Consequent Poverty, Ignorance, and Servitude of the People (Boston: Benj. R. Tucker, Publisher, 1886). </titles/2224>.

 

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