Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents

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Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents is a political pamphlet by the Anglo-Irish politician and philosopher Edmund Burke, first published on 23 April 1770. [1] The subject is the nepotism of King George III and the influence of the Court on the House of Commons of Great Britain. [2] The essay was influential in defining political parties and their roles within government. [3] In it, Burke argued that parties are "bod[ies] of men united for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed". [3]

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  1. Matthew Hargraves (2005). 'Candidates for Fame': The Society of Artists of Great Britain, 1760–1791. Yale University Press. p. 108. ISBN   978-0-300-11004-3 . Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. Ian Ousby (23 February 1996). The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Literature in English. Cambridge University Press. p. 59. ISBN   978-0-521-43627-4 . Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. 1 2 Susan E. Scarrow (4 October 2002). Perspectives on Political Parties: Classic Readings. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 37. ISBN   978-0-312-29523-3 . Retrieved 12 August 2012.