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Bolingbroke’s works had some influence in the American colonial period: John Adams claimed to have read through his works five times, and Bolingbroke influenced Pope and Swift, who were widely read in the colonies.<ref>Robert M. Weir, "Review: ''Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole'' by Isaac Kramnick," ''South Carolina Historical Magazine'' 70, no. 4 (1969): 270.</ref> Additionally, Bolingbroke’s ''Philosophical Works'' was a favorite of Jefferson, who copied approximately 10,000 words from the work into his ''Literary Commonplace Book'', complied in the 1760s.<ref>"Religion in Eighteenth-Century America - Religion and the Founding of the American Republic | Exhibitions - Library of Congress" Library of Congress, accessed September 25, 2013 http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel02.html.</ref>
 
Bolingbroke’s works had some influence in the American colonial period: John Adams claimed to have read through his works five times, and Bolingbroke influenced Pope and Swift, who were widely read in the colonies.<ref>Robert M. Weir, "Review: ''Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole'' by Isaac Kramnick," ''South Carolina Historical Magazine'' 70, no. 4 (1969): 270.</ref> Additionally, Bolingbroke’s ''Philosophical Works'' was a favorite of Jefferson, who copied approximately 10,000 words from the work into his ''Literary Commonplace Book'', complied in the 1760s.<ref>"Religion in Eighteenth-Century America - Religion and the Founding of the American Republic | Exhibitions - Library of Congress" Library of Congress, accessed September 25, 2013 http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel02.html.</ref>
 
==Bibliographic Information==
 
'''Author:''' Henry St. John Bolingbroke.
 
 
'''Title:'''  ''The Philosophical Works of the Late Right Honorable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke: in Five Volumes''.
 
 
'''Publication Info:''' London: Published by David Mallet, Esq., 1754.
 
 
'''Edition:'''
 
  
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==

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by Henry St. John Bolingbroke

The Philosophical Works of the Late Right Honorable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke: in Five Volumes.
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Title page from The Philosophical Works of the Late Right Honorable Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke: in Five Volumes., George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

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Henry St. John, First Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751), was a prominent member of the Tory party in the British Parliament from 1701 until the 1714 shift of power to the Whigs.[1] After joining the failed 1715 Jacobite Rebellion as secretary of state to James Stuart, he was exiled to France until his pardon in 1723.[2] During his exile, he encountered the ideas of the French Enlightenment and devoted much time to philosophical study, struggling to develop a system of morality grounded in natural law and reason and tending towards a deist worldview.[3] His Philosophical Works grew out of this period and his subsequent study, and were first published three years after his death.[4]

Bolingbroke’s works had some influence in the American colonial period: John Adams claimed to have read through his works five times, and Bolingbroke influenced Pope and Swift, who were widely read in the colonies.[5] Additionally, Bolingbroke’s Philosophical Works was a favorite of Jefferson, who copied approximately 10,000 words from the work into his Literary Commonplace Book, complied in the 1760s.[6]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in full calf. Purchased from Alex Alec-Smith.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

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References

  1. H. T. Dickinson,"St John, Henry, styled first Viscount Bolingbroke (1678–1751)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004-), accessed September 25, 2013. (Subscription required for access.)
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Robert M. Weir, "Review: Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole by Isaac Kramnick," South Carolina Historical Magazine 70, no. 4 (1969): 270.
  6. "Religion in Eighteenth-Century America - Religion and the Founding of the American Republic | Exhibitions - Library of Congress" Library of Congress, accessed September 25, 2013 http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel02.html.