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[HARRIS, Walter.]
A Short Vindication of Phil. Scot's Defence of the Scot's Abdicating Darien: being in answer to the challenge of the author of the Defence of that settlement, to prove the Spanish title to Darien, by inheritance, marriage, donation, purchase, reversion, surrender, or conquest. With a prefatory reply, to the false and scurrillous a
London: Printed in the Year, 1700. London: Printed in the Year,, 1700. Octavo (187 x 112 mm). Disbound pamphlet, earlier sew-holes in margin. Browned throughout, some pages a little short with minor paper faults (never affecting text) at foot. A good copy. First edition. Harris opposes the Darien Scheme, and defends the pamphlet "Defence of the Scots abdicating Darien", published the same year, which has been variously attributed to James Hodges, Archibald Foyer, and Walter Harris himself. That pamphlet was "an appeal to Scotchmen not to waste their money in the Scheme... the whole work is written in an extraordinary satirical manner, and raised tremendous indignation in Scotland, so much so that the Treasury was required to offer a reward of £6,000 scots for the arrest of the author, and the book was condemned to be burnt by the public hangman" (A Reference Guide to the Literature of Travel, vol. II, p. 246). Harris was supposed to be the author of the pamphlet at the time, although this is now uncertain, but there is greater certainty that he authored this follow up, written in a similarly antagonistic style. Of additional interest is that it "includes many references to buccaneers who had visited Panama" (ibid.). The pamphlet, following its predecessor, was also banned by the Scottish parliament (Scott, p. 29). ESTC R12300; Sabin 78234; Scott, Bibliography of the Darien Company p. 29.
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