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Wilkie, John (d. 1785) [Volume of five loyalist tracts relating to the American Revolution, titled Galloways Tracts]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05705 Author/Creator: Wilkie, John (d. 1785) Place Written: London, England Type: Book Date: 1780 Pagination: 597 p. , 4 p. of plates : map ; 20.8 x 13.6 cm.

Summary of Content: The five works, in order: "The Examination of Joseph Galloway, Esq; Late Speaker of the House of Assembly of Pennsylvania, before the House of Commons, in a Committee on the American Papers" second edition; "Plain Truth: Or, A Letter to the Author of Dispassionate Thoughts on the American War. In Which the Principles and Arguments of That Author are Refuted, and the Necessity of Carrying On that War Clearly Demonstrated" ; "Historical and Political Reflections on the Rise and Progress of the American Rebellion. In Which the Causes of that Rebellion are Pointed Out" ; "Letters to a Nobleman, on the Conduct of the War in the Middle Colonies." plus folding map, "A Plan of the Operations of the British and Rebel Army in the Campaign, 1777'" fourth edition; and, "A Candid Examination of the Mutual Claims of Great-Britain, and the Colonies, with a Plan of Accommodations on Constitutional Principles" second edition. All printed in London by J. Wilkie. The final tract, "A Candid Examination...," was a reprint of the first New York edition of 1775. Howes calls this "[o]ne of the most famous Tory tracts, upholding unlimited parliamentary supremacy. In several colonies copies were officially burned." These arguments appeared in Galloway's first pamphlet, probably printed in Philadelphia in 1774, "The Arguments on Both Sides of the Dispute." A number of pages have contemporary notes responding to comments in the text.

People: Wilkie, J. (John)., d. 1785
Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarLoyalistGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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