- A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, 1757
- Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, 1770
- Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790
During the war ... Washington thought his way to federalism, long before a Federalist Party existed. He believed in a strong central government, supreme over the states; a strong financial system on the British model, with taxes to fund its debt; a flourishing commerce to create prosperity (and to train seamen for a powerful navy, which would in turn protect shipping); and a strong military. And most officers came out of the experience of the Revolution with the same views.