Consolatory Thoughts on American Independence; shewing the great Advantages that will arise from it to the Manufactures, the Agriculture, and commercial Interest of Britain and Ireland ... By A Merchant
Edinburgh: Printed by James Donaldson, 1782. 8vo. , 68pp. Half title.
Contemporary smooth calf, rebacked, endpapers renewed
Looking for the advantages to Britain of American Independence.
A rare Revolutionary tract, written in part as a response to Thomas Somerville's Candid Thoughts (1781). Tod points to the great economic advantages that might develop for England as a consequence of American independence. Published towards the end of the American Revolution, Tod argues that "an open and independent market, rather than a boundless sovereignty, is the interest and advantage of a mercantile, active, and manufacturing nation."
Howes T281; American Controversy 82-89; Sabin 96076; Kress B525; Goldsmiths 12258.