James Mackintosh (1765–1832)

James Mackintosh (1765–1832)  



James Mackintosh (1765–1832) was a radical Whig legal theorist and Member of Parliament who is best known for writing a defence of the French Revolution in opposition to the "establishmnet" Whig Edmund Burke.


Texts in the Collection

James Mackintosh, Vindiciæ Gallicæ: A Defence of the French Revolution and its English admirers against the accusations of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, including some strictures on the late production of Mons de Calonne (1791).

The first edition came out in 1791 and reprinted many times. We have a facs. PDF of the 4th edition of 1792 and an HTML and facs. PDF of the piece which was published in his collected Miscellaneous Works (1871).



James Mackintosh, A Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations; Introductory to a Course of Lectures on That Science Commenced in Lincoln’s Inn Hall on Wednesday, February 13, 1799; In Pursuance to An Order of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies in the Strand. 1799).

We have a facs. PDF of the 2nd ed. of 1799, as well as HTML and facs. PDF of the 1828 ed.


James Mackintosh, The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honorable Sir James Mackintosh. Three volumes in one. (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1871).
- originally published 1854

[facs. PDF]