Alexander Hamilton's Responses To The Writings Of A Westchester Farmer

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Question #2 Alexander Hamilton writes The Farmer Refuted as one of his responses to the writings of A Westchester Farmer, the pen name of Samuel Seabury an Episcopal Bishop and leading loyalist in New York in 1775. Using the writings of William Blackstone to lend weight to his argument, Hamilton contends that A Westchester Farmer is mistaken in his interpretation of man in a state of nature and Natural Rights. Hamilton continues his use of Blackstone’s writings to discuss the principle aim of society, the absolute rights of individuals, and the origin of all civil government. These assertions of Hamilton are part of an emerging new philosophy on understanding the role of governments, and the role individuals play in the government. This philosophy on government is also evident in the Declaration of Independence and can be seen in the drafting of the Constitution and ratification debate that follows. Hamilton writes The Farmer Refuted to inspire his fellow citizens of New York to consider that the absolute rights of an individual demand a new type of compact between the ruler and the ruled. Samuel Seabury, when writing the Letters of A Westchester Farmer, is debating in the press the legitimacy of the Continental Congress that meet in Philadelphia a few months before, condemning this gathering as subversive to the British Empire and Seabury equates the colonial demand for legislative rights as arrogant and “whiggish nonsense”. Alexander Hamilton challenges these

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