By Edward G. Lengel
George Washington wrote an incredible variety of letters, either own undefined. The majority—about 140,000 documents—are from his years as commander in leader in the course of the progressive battle, from 1775 to 1783. This wonderful Struggle offers a range of Washington’s most crucial and engaging letters from that point, together with many who have by no means earlier than been published.
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34 Both Atkyns himself and his intended readers (the MPs of the Cavalier Parliament) must have recognized this reference and understood its significance. It had been much quoted—often, as in Atkyns’s case, without attribution—by all sides in the civil war. Indeed, once one is aware of it, one begins to see it everywhere in the politics of the period. ”35 Milton invoked it. 36 And it is even possible that Atkyns got the story from his own printer, a remarkable soldier, political theorist, and pamphleteer named John Streater.
Suppose you were a bookseller and intended to publish a certain book. In principle, your first step would be to get the manuscript licensed, perhaps by a chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. You would then go to Stationers’ Hall to register it, paying the clerk a nominal fee to enter its details (title, author, maybe formal characteristics) into the book. Then you would have to invest a substantial amount in manufacturing it. You might finance its printing yourself, although you could ask the author to pay for the paper.
42 40 3 The Piratical Enlightenment The Glorious Revolution ruined the prospects for an absolutist culture of print in England. After 1688, the idea that the medium itself was the property of the Crown, which might administer it through a caste of gentlemen patentees employing printers as their servants, came to seem outlandish. Instead, the book trade’s autonomy was reinforced. The trade concentrated on rights in particular works, which a cadre of major booksellers administered as commercial speculations.
This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters by Edward G. Lengel