In this Address to the Committee of Correspondence in Barbados, Dickinson accuses the Committee of ignoring basic human rights, in language that foreshadows some of Thomas Jefferson's themes in the Declaration of Independence:
"It would be an insult on the divine Majesty to say, that he has given or allowed any man or body of men a right to make me miserable. If no man or body of men has such a right, I have a right to be happy. If there can be no happiness without freedom, I have a right to be free."
This British edition includes a prefatory note to the reader written by Benjamin Franklin who has signed it “N.N.”