FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). The Interest of Great Britain Considered, with Regard to her Colonies, and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe.
FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790). The Interest of Great Britain Considered, with Regard to her Colonies, and the Acquisitions of Canada and Guadaloupe. London: Printed for T. Becket, 1760. 8vo. (8 x 5 in.; 20.3 x 12.7 cm.). With pages 57-58. Modern quarter red morocco, gilt. First edition. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS WORK LIES IN ITS POSITION WITH REGARD TO CANADA. Franklin anticipated a British victory in the French and Indian wars and debates which territory is more important for Great Britain to retain: Canada or Guadalupe. Fighting against such arguments that Canada only exported furs while Guadalupe supplied sugar, coffee, cotton and slaves, Franklin argued for the importance of retaining the colony over Guadalupe as a means of protecting the western frontier. At the time of its publication, the authorship of this pamphlet was attributed to Franklin, although in the nineteenth century it was credited to Richard Jackson. In 1966, "The Papers of Benjamin Franklin" returned it to Franklin's oeuvre: "in recent years Franklin's authorship has been reestablished in the minds of all but a few doubters, though, as Franklin himself seems to have acknowledged, he received some help from his friend and ally Jackson". REFERENCES: Ford 268; Howes J-26; Sabin 35450. Bookseller Inventory # 000351