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John SHEBBEARE Le peuple instruit ; ou Les Alliances dans lesquelles les Ministres de la Grande-Bretagne ont engagé la Nation, & l'emploi qu'ils ont fait de ses Escadres & de ses Armées, depuis le commencement des troubles sur l'Ohio, jusqu'à la perte de Minorque, considérés dans une Quatrième Lettre au Peuple d'Angleterre

John SHEBBEARE

Le peuple instruit ; ou Les Alliances dans lesquelles les Ministres de la Grande-Bretagne ont engagé la Nation, & l'emploi qu'ils ont fait de ses Escadres & de ses Armées, depuis le commencement des troubles sur l'Ohio, jusqu'à la perte de Minorque, considérés dans une Quatrième Lettre au Peuple d'Angleterre

S.n., s.l. 1756, (2) xxiv, 212pp., relié.


First edition, rare.
Contemporary light brown polished calf. Spine in decorated compartments. Red morocco title-piece. Upper joint with narrow crack to head. A very good and fresh copy.
An important document on the history of Canada and the United States. The work begins by looking at the causes of the conflict between Great Britain and France over the territory of Ohio. In essence, 1756 marked the beginning of the Seven Years’ War or French and Indian War, a war of conquest to establish the legitimate occupation of the territories. This war overran the territory from Virginia and Nova Scotia to the region of the Canadian lakes, with some American Indians fighting on the side of the British, and some on the side of the French. Shebbeare reviews the British defeats, mistaken policy and the generals in Canada, the intervention of American militias and Washington. The author frankly accuses the British government (Kings and Ministers) of having failed to protect the British colonies in America and predicts the downfall of Britain, giving examples of jealousy and misguided policy in Canada. As well as this accusation, the author examines the situation of Britain in Europe, the treaty with Russia, the difficulties of the House of Hanover and France and once again accuses his country of ruining itself with disastrous political decisions.
 

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