George Lyttleton. Considerations Upon the Present State of Our Affairs, at Home and Abroad. In a Letter to a Member of Parliament from a Friend in the Country. London: Printed for T. Cooper, 1739. (2), 67, (2) pp. Second edition. Stitched. Lacking half-title. Untrimmed edges. Lightly soiled title page. Crease on corners of concluding pages. Else, near fine.

    More Information: The second edition, printed in the same year as the first, of this illuminating piece on Spanish-British friction over America. "Denies the right of Spain to search American ships." Sabin. Lyttleton asserts that Spain seizes British ships "in the American seas" without cause, and "their Manner of Trial is a Mockery of Justice, which would be highly ridiculous, if the Effectrs of it were not so terrible. The Cause is tried in their own Courts in America, a Spanish advocate is to plead for our Merchants, and the Judges themselves almost always share in the Prize. The Consequence of this is, that every Ship which is taken by them must be confiscated." Freedom of navigation is guaranteed by Treaty, and sailing near Spanish coasts in America "is of absolute Necessity in the Course of our Vaoyage to and from our own Plantations in America." A two-page 'postscript' recounts the latest Spanish violations "since I wrote my Letter..." Sabin 42889. Kress 4444.

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