Interest of Great Britain Considered, with Regard to Her Colonies. Benjamin FRANKLIN, Richard JACKSON.

Interest of Great Britain Considered, with Regard to Her Colonies

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[FRANKLIN, Benjamin, and JACKSON, Richard]. The Interest of Great Britain Considered, with Regard to Her Colonies, and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe. To Which Is Added, Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, &C. London: Printed for T. Becket, 1760. [2],58pp., bound with six additional works, as described below. 20th-century 3/4 polished calf and marbled boards, compartments gilt, gilt morocco spine label, marbled endpapers, T.e.g. Minor toning. Last leaf a bit chipped in the gutter, contemporary notation on titlepage reading, "By Mr Frankland of America." Very good. HOWES J-26, "aa." Sabin 35450. Kress 5851. TPL 316 (Phila. Ed). Lande 254. Ford 268. Simmons 1760 #35. Gagnon I:11763. Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection 225. Stevens, Rare Americana (1926), P.101. Franklin Papers, 1966, vol.9, p.53. ESTC T37334. An interesting sammelband of seven works relating to British colonial interests in North America and around the world. The most notable work here is The Interest of Great Britain Considered, the first edition of the rare "Canada pamphlet." Authorship of the work has been attributed to both Benjamin Franklin and Richard Jackson. Franklin apparently assisted Jackson in authoring this reply to Charles Townshend's Remarks On the Letter Addressed to Two Great Men, which was also printed in 1760. The Franklin Papers project placed authorship squarely on Franklin: "in recent years Franklin's authorship has been reestablished in the minds of all but a few doubters, though, as Franklin himself seems to have acknowledged, he received some help from his friend and ally Jackson." In the present work, in anticipation of a British victory in the French and Indian War, Franklin argues the advantages of Canada over sugar-rich Guadeloupe as an important country that will develop into a populated agricultural country and become a rich market for Great Britain to exploit. The issue of retaining Canada as security against French and Indian attacks on British colonists is also addressed. Interestingly, Franklin also discusses the possibility that colonies may grow as this "may render them dangerous. Of this I own, I have not the least conception, when I consider that we have already fourteen separate governments...and if we extend...shall probably have as many more.... Those we now hav.

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