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I recently visited the Dickinson estate near Dover in Delaware, and was somewhat surprised to hear that Mr. Dickinson's chief contribution to the cause of independence in the colonies was his literary influence. Surprised, firstly, because no example of any writing of his was available at the estate; secondly, because I have never knowingly read anything by the man. I have since found that it is likely I have never been exposed directly to it: eBay had only a couple books about him available, and the same with Amazon. The patriot appears to have been white-washed out of our history...perhaps originally for abstaining from the vote on independence, as he thought we were not unified enough yet to prevail at that time, or simply neglect over time. Happily Google went out and scanned the stuff, and although these are often actual scans of the pamphlets as published in his lifetime we have access to what he really wrote...the reader will find the "f" and "s" in the type a bit troubling to a smooth read the first time through.
Did I mention that not even the Guttenberg Project had anything. Let's rediscover this man and his message. Thanks Google.