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Observations of the Papers Relative to the Rupture With Spain.In A

WILKES, John].

Publication Date: 1762
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[WILKES, John]. Observations of the Papers Relative to the Rupture With Spain.In A Letter from A Member of Parliament, To A Friend in the Country. London: W. Nicoll, 1762. 52pp. Dbd. Lacking the half title, else very good. GOLDSMITHS 9822. SABIN 104005. DNB XXI, p.243. A defense of the policies of William Pitt toward Spain at the end of his first administration, as reflected in the recently issued PAPERS. Toward the close of the Seven Years' War, tensions between Spain and Great Britain were continuing to mount, primarily over rights to the Newfoundland fisheries, colonial interests in the Caribbean, and the "Family Compact" between Spain and France. In 1761, Pitt advocated a preemptive declaration of war against Spain, a highly unpopular position in Parliament that led to his forced resignation in October. By the end of the year, however, the government recognized that open hostilities with Spain were inevitable and declared war on January 4, 1762. The present volume, issued in March, refers to the current situation and the official documents leading up to it as clear evidence of Pitt's prudence and wisdom in the face of short-sighted opposition. The DNB calls OBSERVATIONS. the first of John Wilkes' attacks on Lord Bute. Having "caught the public ear and damaged the government" with this pamphlet (DNB), Wilkes would begin publishing THE NORTH BRITON in a matter of weeks, assailing Bute and his allies directly and courting the charge of seditious libel he would famously receive the following year. Bookseller Inventory # 47614

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Publication Date: 1762

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