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    A book from the library of pirate sympathizer Ben Fletcher

    Colonial New York Governor Benjamin Fletcher's Copy of The Memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-Hill: Containing an Impartial Account of the Moft Remarkable Affairs of State... By George Scott, Gent. London: Printed by E.H. for Robert Boulter; 1683. Fletcher signs on the front pastedown: "Ben Fletcher gave this to his buttifull chid Vincentia" and a second signature on page 1 adding the date, June 15, 1686. Fletcher's gold embossed coat of arms appears on top and bottom boards.

    Benjamin Fletcher (1640-1703) served as colonial governor of New York from 1692 to 1697. In heavy competition with rivals Philadelphia and Boston, Fletcher artfully employed piracy as a means of economic development. The ports of New York were a safe haven for pirates under his watch. Fletcher was lax in granting trading licenses, and privateering commissions were granted as thinly veiled facades for ships that openly engaged in pirating. Fletcher would eventually lose his post as governor for his many associations with pirates.

    Condition: In period boards, the spine has been restored at an earlier date.


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