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In Honour to the Administration. The Importance of the African Expedition considered: with Copies of the Memorials,

As drawn up originally, and presented to the Ministry; to induce them to take possession of the French Forts and settlements in the River Senagal, as well as all other on the Coast of Africa. The whole as planned and designed by Malachy Postlethwayt, Esq;... To which are added, Observations, illustrating the said memorials, for the peculair benefit and advantage of all British African and West-India Merchants and British Planters, as well as the Kingdom in general: with reasons for Great-Britain's keeping possession of the French African settlements, if possible. Humbly addressed to the British Ministry.

London: Printed by C. Say and sold by M. Cooper, 1758 Stock Code: 121137
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First edition of a work promoting the Africa trade by Malachy Postlethwayt (1707-1767), writer and government publicist under Robert Walpole's administration, from 1743-46 a member of the Royal Africa Company, and compiler of the Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. "The trade of Africa, as well to the French as the English, is the great foundation of their American commerce and navigation, as that alone supplies both nations with negroe labourers to cultivate their West India colonies for sugars, indigo, cocoa, cotton, pimento, and all other the estimable productions of the sugar colonies: and the commerce and navigation of America being the life and spirit of the French European commerce; if England strikes at the root of the French African trade, she, of course, cuts off the very stamina of the enemies trade and navigation to Europe as well as America" (p. ii).

"The African slave trade must be controlled by Britain to deny supplies to the French colonies" (Hogg).

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Octavo (198 x 120 mm), pp. [4], xxiv, 99. Disbound.


Half-title a little creased and dust-soiled, small ink stain to half-title and last 2 leaves; original stab sewing holes to gutter; a very good copy.


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