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MEMOIRS OF THE PRINCIPAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE LAST WAR BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN NORTH AMERICA. FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF IT IN 1744, TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE TREATY AT AIX LA CHAPELLE. CONTAINING IN PARTICULAR AN ACCOUNT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF NOVA SCOTIA OR ACADIE AND THE ISLAND OF CAPE BRETON TO BOTH NATIONS
London: Printed for R. and J. Dodsley..., 1757.. viii,102pp. Bound to style in three-quarter calf and marbled boards, leather label. Contemporary notation on titlepage. Some light scattered soiling and foxing. Very good. First edition. An account of the principal events of King George's War in 1744-48, including the invasion of Nova Scotia in 1744 by French troops from Louisbourg; the raid on Canso and failed attack on Annapolis Royal in 1745; the capture of Louisbourg in the same year by British naval forces and New England troops under William Pepperell; the abortive French attempt to retake Louisbourg the following year; the "Massacre of Grande-Pre;" the French raid on Saratoga in 1746; the Iroquois raids along the Richelieu River; and the destruction of Northfield, Massachusetts, by French forces in 1747. The work was written by William Shirley, former governor of Massachusetts who had masterminded the capture of Louisbourg in 1745, or by his secretary, William Alexander, in an attempt to vindicate Shirley's honor. Shirley was held responsible for the failure of the Niagara campaign of 1755 and the loss of Oswego during his brief tenure as commander- in-chief of the British North American forces during the Seven Years' War. Accused of mismanagement and suspected of treason, he was ordered to England where he was threatened with court-martial; charges, however, were dropped in the fall of 1757 for lack of evidence. A "very rare and important work" (Stevens, RARE AMERICANA, 1926). HOWES A124, "aa." JCB I:1161. DIONNE II:532. LANDE 787. BELL M295 (ref). SABIN 80550. TPL 276 (ref).
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