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“THE SOURCE OF PITT’S INFORMATION
ON AMERICA
DURING THE SEVEN YEARS’ WAR” – T.P.L.
[MITCHELL, John].    The contest in America between Great Britain and France, with its consequences and Importance; Giving an Account of the Views and Designs of the French, with the Interests of Great Britain, and the Situation of the British and French Colonies, in all parts of America: in which proper Barrier between the two Nations in North America is pointed out, with a Method to Prosecute the War, so as to obtain that necessary security for our Colonies. [rule] By an Impartial Hand. [rule] Æquè pauperibus prodest, locupletibus æquè; Æquè neglectum pueris, senibusque nocebit, Hor. Epist. I. [double rule] London: Printed for A. Millar in the Strand. M,DCC,LVII. [1757]. 1 p.l., xlix, [errata on verso of xlix], 17-88, 73-244 [i.e. 260] p. (numbering 73-88 duplicated), modern full morocco with binder’s label on spine and front cover, t.-p. reinforced, minor age-toning, lib. handstamp on p. 101, overall very good.
Sabin 49693 notes: “The Monthly Review, xvii, 172, says, ‘that this work abounds with truths, hitherto perhaps not generally attended to, and with observations and proposals that indicate the author’s knowledge of the subject.’ This book has also been ascribed to Dr. Oliver Goldsmith. It shows an unusual knowledge and familiarity with the internal geography of America and the affairs of the French on the lakes, the Ohio, and in Western Virginia.” T.P.L. 264 states “This work … [was] prepared at the request of the lords of trades and plantations and, with Pownall’s Topographical description, were the source of Pitt’s information on America during the Seven Years’ War.” Lande 636. Church 1018: “John Mitchell, the distinguished botanist, is said to have emigrated to America about 1700. He resided some time in Virginia. The knowledge of the Geography of America as well as of the affairs of the French on the Lakes and along the west slope of the Alleghanies displayed in this work makes it quite certain that he was its author.” Amtmann A2104. Dionne II, 583. Howes (Hartley) M679 (“b” rating). Waldon, p. 406-7.

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