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DARIEN SCHEME - PHILO-CALEDON, pseud.

A Defence of the Scots Settlement at Darien.

With an answer to the Spanish memorial against it. And arguments to prove that it is the interest of England to join with the Scots, and protect it. To which is added, a description of the country, and a particular account of the Scots colony.

Edinburgh: Printed in the Year, 1699 Stock Code: 135268
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One of four editions of that year, without established priority. An optimistic attempt, shortly before the Darien Scheme was abandoned, to convince the English to support the project, no doubt hoping to get their navy behind the scheme in the face of Spanish hostility. Of particular note is that the pamphlet gives an account of the settlement and settlers, as well as of the indigenous people, and the region's climate, history, flora and fauna, offering a rosy picture of a region with little economic potential and which even today is barely inhabited. The work is anonymous, with the pseudonym of Philo-Caledon, but Scott notes "According to a manuscript note in the librarian's copy for the Catalogue of the New College Library (Edin. 1868), the author is Archibald Foyer" (Scott p. 22), and the Foyer attribution is upheld by Wing, Goldsmiths and Kress. The work has also been attributed to George Ridpath, Andrew Fletcher and James Watson.

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Description

Octavo (188 x 119 mm). Disbound pamphlet, earlier spine residue and sew-holes in margin.

Condition

Lacking the final blank. Title page a little soiled with horizontal crease, final signature loosening at head, generally a little toned and soiled. A good copy.

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