AN ENQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES OF THE ALIENATION OF THE DELAWARE AND SHAWANESE INDIANS FROM THE BRITISH INTEREST, AND INTO THE MEASURES TAKEN FOR RECOVERING THEIR FRIENDSHIP...TOGETHER WITH THE REMARKABLE JOURNAL OF CHRISTIAN FREDERIC POST...WITH NOTES BY THE EDITOR EXPLAINING SUNDRY INDIAN CUSTOMS, &c. WRITTEN IN PENNSYLVANIA
by [ Thomson, Charles]
London: Printed for J. Wilkie, 1759. 184pp., plus folding map. Elaborately gilt tree calf in period style, spine gilt extra, leather label. Small bookplate on front pastedown, very faint institutional blind stamps on titlepage and p.91. Scattered light foxing. A very good copy. A work of the greatest importance for the history of the French and Indian War. Thomson argues that the arrogance and greed of the colonial government of Pennsylvania caused the rupture between the Pennsylvania Indians and the British, and temporarily forced the natives to the French side of the fight in the Ohio country. "Apparently printed at Benjamin Franklin's expense as part of his campaign to discredit the Proprietary government of Pennsylvania" - Streeter. "It was one of the most important works on relations with the Indians that had been published up to that time" - Graff. Christian Post, a Moravian missionary, travelled to the Ohio country in 1758 to negotiate with the Indians, and won them back to the British side. His journal of that trip makes up the second part of this book. The map shows Pennsylvania, with various important western points located. HOWES T210, "b." GRAFF 4139. CHURCH 1029. FIELD 1548. VAIL 535. JONES 498. STREETER SALE 966. SABIN 95562. THOMSON 1145.
(Inventory #: WRCAM36175D)
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