A REPLY TO THE OBSERVATIONS OF LIEUT. GEN. SIR WILLIAM HOWE, ON A PAMPHLET, ENTITLED LETTERS TO A NOBLEMAN: IN WHICH HIS MISREPRESENTATIONS ARE DETECTED, AND THOSE LETTERS ARE SUPPORTED, BY A VARIETY OF NEW MATTER AND ARGUMENT. TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING, I. A LETTER TO SIR WILLIAM HOWE UPON HIS STRICTURES ON MR. GALLOWAY'S PRIVATE CHARACTER. II. A LETTER FROM MR. KIRK TO SIR WILLIAM HOWE, AND HIS ANSWER. III. A LETTER FROM A COMMITTEE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONGRESS, ON THE STATE OF THE REBEL ARMY, AT VALLEY FORGE, FOUND AMONG THE PAPERS OF HENRY LAURENS, ESQ. BY THE AUTHOR OF LETTERS TO A NOBLEMAN.
London: 1780. , 149, [2 publisher advts], [1 blank] pp. Modern paper over boards [one spot], printed title label on spine. Two blank corner chips, archival repair to gutter of title page. Else Fine.
This is the first London edition. The first edition, which issued from New York in 1777, is exceedingly rare, as is the New York 1780. "Practically all copies of original edition destroyed by a New York mob" [Howes].
Galloway had been the civil administrator of Philadelphia during the winter of 1777-1778, under the orders of Howe, who had "found his services invaluable in the Philadelphia campaign" [DAB]. Upon its capture by American forces he fled to England, becoming "the spokesman of the American Loyalists" [id.] and attacking Howe for incompetence. Here he gives some unwelcome advice to Howe on how he could have won the War.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Howes G48. JCB European Americana 2640. Adams Controversy 80-35a. Item #33242