This is the first complete modern edition of the political works of Andrew Fletcher (1655-1716), one of the most acute observers of the European political order of his time and an important forerunner of the Scottish Enlightenment. Famous for his opposition to the Union with England in 1707, he viewed the problems of his own country in the light of a much broader knowledge of European affairs. His writings illustrate the long influence of Machiavelli on European political thought, and illuminates the major themes of the Enlightenment.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Chronology of Fletcher's Life; Bibliographical Guide; Biographical Notes; Note on the Text and Edition; A Discourse of Government with relation to Militia's; Two Discourses concerning the Affairs of Spain, written in the year 1698; A Discourse concerning the Affairs of Spain, written in the month of July, 1698; A Speech upon the State of the Nation: in April 1701; Speeches by a Member of the Parliament which began at Edinburgh the 6th of May, 1703; An Account of a Conversation concerning the Right Regulation of Governments for the Common Good of Mankind. In a Letter to the Marquiss of Montrose, the Earls of Rothes, Roxburg and Haddington, from London the first of December, 1703; List of Variants.