HANWAY, Jonas (1712-1786)
Common Sense: in Nine Conferences, between a British Merchant and a Candid Merchant of America in their private capacities as friends; tracing the several causes of the present contest between the mother country and her American subjects ...
London: J. Dodley, 1775.
[Bound preceding:] Jonas HANWAY. The Defects of Police the Cause of Immorality, and the continual Robberies committed, particularly in and about the Metropolis: with various proposals for preventing hanging and transportation: likewise for the establishment of several plans of police on a permanent basis ... London: J. Dodsley, 1775. 2 volumes in 1, 4to (11 x 8 1/2 inches). Contemporary calf, covers bordered with a gilt rule, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt. (Repairs to joints). Provenance: Lord Walsingham (armorial bookplate). Two important works by the noted English philanthropist and reformer, including his scarce work on the impending American Revolution. Hanway as a merchant and British patriot looked askance at what was happening in the American colonies. The text is in the form of a dialogue between a British and American merchant, in which the nature of sovereign authority, taxation, trade, and the pros and cons of seeking independence are discussed in a friendly and amicable way. "Arguments supposed to have converted the 'candid' Yankee seem quite unconvincing" (Howes). It is unclear if Thomas Paine knew of Hanway's work, but would of course issue his own Common Sense shortly after, though with arguments convincingly in favor of the patriot cause.
[Common Sense:] Sabin 14998; Howes C646, "aa."; Adams, American Controversy 75-29; Higgs 6321; Taylor, Jonas Hanway Founder of the Marine Society, p.230. [Defects of Police:] Higgs 6458; Goldsmiths 11353; Kress 7115.