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William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Thoughts on the War between Great Britain & America, 1776-1778

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Thoughts on the War between Great Britain & America
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1776-1778
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This 238-page volume contains an unknown writer's opinions on the Revolutionary War and proposed military strategies, composed September-October 1776 and February 1778. Among other topics, the author discussed the relationship between land and naval forces and their relative strengths, explained possible ways in which economic affairs might affect the progress of the war, and promoted a strategy of dissolving the unity of the colonies. This volume belonged to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, and includes his bookplate.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1930. M-102.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Thoughts on the War between Great Britain & America , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

This volume contains an unknown author's contemporary opinions on the American Revolution, along with proposed methods by which Great Britain could secure victory.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This 238-page volume contains an unknown writer's opinions on the Revolutionary War and proposed military strategies, composed September-October 1776 and February 1778. Among other topics, the author discussed the relationship between land and naval forces and their relative strengths, explained possible ways in which economic affairs might affect the progress of the war, and promoted a strategy of dissolving the unity of the colonies.

The volume is divided into two primary sections, with the author offering his thoughts on the war in late 1776 (pp. 1-146) and in early 1778 (pp. 147-238). Introductory remarks at the beginning of the first section suggest that the author intended his treatise for members of the British government. He focused on financial and economic affairs, such as the colonies' different currencies, the effects of privateering, and the difficulty of funding a war. In addition, he presented detailed proposals for British action, often revolving around a strategy of dissolving the colonies' confederacy. Some suggestions focused on specific cities or colonies.

The second section of the volume contains similar thoughts and strategies, with a focus on the differences between land and sea power. Though the author believed a British victory unlikely, he encouraged the government to focus on naval actions rather than land forces. Despite his skepticism, he concluded by affirming that the rebellion could be defeated by disrupting colonial unity and conquering Georgia by military force.

This volume belonged to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, and includes his bookplate.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Great Britain. Army.
    • Great Britain. Royal Navy.
    • Money--United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • Strategy.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--British forces.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Naval operations.
    • United States--Politics and government--1775-1783.
    Genre Terms:
    • Treatises.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Thoughts on the War between Great Britain & America ,  1776-1778 [series]