8vo, pp. 64; a very good copy, disbound.
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A Fair Representation of His Majesty’s Right to Nova-Scotia or Acadie. Briefly stated from the Memorials of the English Commissaries; with an Answer to the Objections contained in the French Memorials, and in a Treatise, entitled, Discussion sommaire sur les anciennes limites de l’Acadie.
First edition. ‘Résumé très bien fait de toute la question des frontières de l’Acadie entre la France et l’Angleterre; mais écrit au point de vue de l’Angleterre seulement’ (Gagnon).
By 1755, the crisis in Anglo-French relations over Nova Scotia had come to a head. Talks in Paris resulted in the publication of official Memorials over the agreed boundaries, but the aggrieved compiler of the present work believed it necessary that the public still needed to be acquainted ‘with the true state of His Majesty’s Title; and the more so, since the French have published partial representation of the dispute between us, by printing their Memorials without the English Reply; and, together with them, distributing a treatise, entitled, A Summary Discussion of the Ancient Limits of Acadie [by Mathieu-François Pidanzat de Mairobert], in order to prejudice all the Courts of Europe in favour of their unjustifiable pretensions. To obviate therefore the wrong impressions that these might create, it has been thought expedient to print at London, an edition of all the Memorials upon this point; but these being very voluminous, it may be proper … briefly to recapitulate what has been offered in support of His Majesty’s claim, collected from the English Memorials; and of what has been advances in opposition to it, collected from the abovementioned Treatise and the French Memorials’ (pp. 4-5).
Gagnon 1323; Sabin 56129; TPL 246; Waldon, p. 385.
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