RESPECTING PLUNDER TAKEN AFTER SIEGE - Clinton, 1st 1794 REVOLUTIONARY WAR LOOT
MEMORANDUMS, &c. &c. RESPECTING THE UNPRECEDENTED TREATMENT WHICH THE ARMY HAVE MET WITH RESPECTING PLUNDER TAKEN AFTER A SIEGE, AND OF WHICH PLUNDER THE NAVY SERVING WITH THE ARMY DIVIDED THEIR MORE THAN AMPLE SHARE, NOW FOURTEEN YEARS SINCE
Book Details + Condition: Privately Printed for Sir Henry Clinton. First Edition, 1794. Hardcover with three-quarters maroon leather binding, and marbled boards and endpapers. 106 pages with advertisements. The work is a collection of correspondences concerning a dispute between the British Navy and the British Army, over the division of "looted" American property after the siege and surrender of Charleston, SC during the Revolutionary War. The siege and the capture of Charleston were jointly coordinated by British General Sir Henry Clinton and Admiral Marriott Arbuthnot, who clashed over the captured American property. Clinton wrote the work in 1794, but canceled its publication due to the death of Arbuthnot and the negative light it would shed on his family (due to the Admiral's role in looting the Charleston). Copies are very scarce as it was never published, but a few sample copies were printed.
Firm binding; rubbing to leather corners and edges; chafed spine ends, with chipping to top section of spine; embossed stamp of Skinner Library to title page (Vermont); small section of edges of six pp with what appears to be a burn mark (not affecting text at all); interior is clean and free of markings.