"The Colony could not be of any value
[Benjamin Martyn]. Impartial Enquiry into the State
and Utility of the Province of Georgia. London:
Printed for W. Meadows, 1741.
without Negro Slavery"
First edition. Attributed to Benjamin Martyn. Small octavo (7.125 x 4.625 inches; 181 x 118 mm.). , 104 pages. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. Contemporary three-quarter burgundy roan over marbled boards. Edges sprinkled red. Small spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Binding lightly rubbed; front cover detached. Some foxing and browning. Top edge closely cropped, affecting some head-pieces and page numbers. Very scarce.
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"A well-written tract, defending the colony from the malignant reports that had been circulated" (Rich. It includes an account of South Carolina. Reprinted in the 'Georgia Historical Society Collections,' Vol. I. Its authorship has also been attributed to Lord John Percival" (Sabin).
"Martyn was secretary to the Trustees of Georgia. This book has also been credited to John Percival, Earl of Egmont. It is an answer to reports which were being circulated 'to the Disadvantage of the Colony of Georgia,' particularly to five objections: (1) that the climate was unhealthy; (2) that the soil was barren; (3) that there were no products for trade; (3) that there were no products for trade; (4) that lands were granted on improper terms; and (5) that the colony would not be of any value without Negro slavery. These objections were answered with material 'chiefly collected from the Evidence of Persons who have bee in the Province.' These letters, ten in number, are printed in the Appendix, and dated largely in 1739 and 1740" (Clark I, 122).
"This tract is in answer to a faction of the colonists who were aggrieved at the prohibition of slaves and rum, and at the system of land tenure of the new colony. Though the title page is dated 1741, it was printed, says Verner Crane, in December, 1740, and so was not in answer to Tailfer's Georgia, Charleston, 1741 (lot 1147)" (Streeter 1146).
ESTC T17426. Howes M354. Sabin 45001. Streeter II, 1146.
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