On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters

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This anthology brings together Burke's most important speeches, letters and pamphlets -reprinted uncut (with one exception), with substantial headnotes and introduction by Bromwich. The collection purposefully does not include Burke's two most widely read works. Taken as a whole, the collection demonstrates the depth of Burke's humanitarian concern, and presents Burke as forerunner to a tradition of liberal political thought that includes Tocqueville and Mill, rather than stressing his role as a founder of Anglo-American conservatism, as he has been widely understood.
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Table of Contents

Editorial Note and Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Speech at His Arrival at Bristol (1774) 43
Speech at the Conclusion of the Poll (1774) 48
To William Burgh (9 February 1775) 58
Speech on Conciliation with America (1775) 62
A Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol on the Affairs of America (1777) 135
Two Letters to Gentlemen in Bristol on the Trade of Ireland (1778) 184
Some Thoughts on the Approaching Executions (1780) 199
Speech at Bristol Guildhall Previous to the Election (1780) 210
To the Earl of Hillsborough and Lord Viscount Stormont (3 October 1780) 258
To Sir Thomas Rumbold (23 March 1781) 262
Speech on Reform of Representation (1782) 268
Speech on Fox's East India Bill (1783) 282
To Miss Mary Palmer (19 January 1786) 371
Speech in Opening the Impeachment of Warren Hastings (1788) 377
To Charles-Jean-Francois Depont (November 1789) 401
A Letter to Richard Burke on Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland (1792) 415
Preface to Brissot's Address to His Constituents (1794) 440
A Letter to a Noble Lord (1796) 464
Select Bibliography 515
Index 521
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