Re: Query: The mysterious 1755-56 "A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America"

Awesome, thanks for that info, Matthew. I was totally ignorant of William Douglass' work, and after reviewing this entry from the Osher Maps Library ( https://oshermaps.org/special-map-exhibits/percy-map/william-douglass ), I would be hard-pressed to pick any better possibility than Dr. Douglass, particularly in light of the fact that he had published those pamphlets covering the same subject material and passed away in late 1752, just prior to the publishing of this "New and Complete History".

Re: Query: The mysterious 1755-56 "A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America"

And before I got off on that direction, I nearly completely forgot about the contributions of Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson. Another set of excellent geographers, their 1751 map "A Map of the Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole Province of Maryland and Part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina..." and accompanying report would have been in John Mitchell's possession as well, since the portion of his map north of the Granville line in North Carolina is nearly identical to Jefferson/Fry's revised version.

Re: Query: The mysterious 1755-56 "A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America"

While I can't refute your suggestion outright, Kenneth, I am fairly doubtful of Ben Franklin's contribution to this particular work. During this period of time (1745-175x), Franklin was highly engaged in public works projects, his own scientific research, and starting his political career.

Re: Query: The mysterious 1755-56 "A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America"

I'm going to suggest Benjamin Franklin as the name of one of those three men. Franklin didn't serve with William Hunter as co-Postmaster General under the British until 1757, but his first experience as a postal employee was in 1737 when he was appointed the postmaster of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the following 15 to 17 years, I think it very possible that he, as a then loyal British subject, could have and would have added his pen to the project.

-- Kenneth Habeeb, Northern California

Query: The mysterious 1755-56 "A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America"

"A New and Complete History of the British Empire in America" was published serially (a total of 44 Numbers) between September 1755 and September 1756, without being completed. In fact, it reportedly stopped mid sentence! The work contains no title pages, which were to be provided upon completion.

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