Letters to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke
Priestley supported the early phase of the French Revolution and saw it as an advance in human liberty, thus objecting to Burke’s severe criticisms.
Letters to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France (Birmingham: Thomas Pearson, 1791).
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Table of Contents
- THE PREFACE.
- THE CONTENTS.
- LETTERS TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE EDMUND BURKE.
- Of the general Principles of the French Revolution.
- Of some Particulars in the new Constitution of France, and some Circumstances attending the Dissolution of the old one.
- Of the Nature of Government, and the Rights of Men and of Kings.
- Of the Revolution in England compared with that in France.
- Of the Revolution Society in England, and Mr. Burke’s Reflexions on Dr. Price.
- Of the Interference of the State in Matters of Religion in general.
- Of the Source of the Respect that is paid to Religion.
- Of a civil Establishment being essential to Christianity.
- Of the Uses of civil Establishments of Religion.
- Of an Elective Clergy.
- Of Monastic Institutions, and Mr. Burke’s general Maxim that existing Powers are not to be destroyed.
- Of the Sacredness of the Revenues of the Church.
- Of the Danger of the Church, and of the Test Laws.
- Of the Prospect of the general Enlargement of Liberty, civil and religious, opened by the Revolution in France.