Tucker was best known in his own time for his writings on the American Revolution. This was a subject with which he became deeply involved, because it touched on practically all his major interests: his belief in free trade, his hatred of war and his suspicion of political radicalism. Although he was at times intemperate in his judgements, he saw more clearly than most of his contemporaries what was really at stake. Unfortunately his warnings went unheeded and he was forced to stand by helplessly as his most pessimistic prophecies came to pass. No wonder that he saw himself as a Cassandra and used that name to sign the occasional pieces he contributed to the press during the war.


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  1. 1.
    Josiah Tucker, A Letter from a Merchant in London to His Nephew in North America(1766) p. 5.Google Scholar
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    Josiah Tucker, Four Tracts and Two Sermons on Political and Commercial Subjects (Gloucester, 1774) p. xii.Google Scholar
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    Josiah Tucker, The Respective Pleas and Arguments of the Mother Country and the Colonies Distinctly Set Forth (1775).Google Scholar
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    Edmund Burke, Speeches and Letters on America Affairs (London and New York, 1908) P. 44.Google Scholar
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    Josiah Tucker, A Letter to Edmund Burke, Esq…. (Gloucester and London,1775) P. 56.Google Scholar
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    Josiah Tucker, Dean Tucker’s Reflections on the Terrors of Invasion, Republished by a Friend to His Country (1806).Google Scholar

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