Colonel Draper Asserts His Right to a Valuable Prize Draper, Sir William [1721-1787]. Colonel Draper's Answer, To the Spanish Arguments, Claiming the Galeon, And Refusing Payment of the Ransom Bills, For Preserving Manila from Pillage and Destruction: In a Letter Addressed to the Earl of Halifax, His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State For the Southern Department. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1764. -43,  pp. Half-title lacking. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, "No. 11" to head of title page. Light soiling to exterior, moderate toning to text. $350. * Only edition. This pamphlet relates to an event that occurred during the Anglo-Spanish War of 1762-1763, a part of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). The Manila Galleon was a commercial ship that served as an economic lifeline for the Philippines. Draper asserts his right to take it as a prize according to the laws of war and the terms of Manila's surrender. A reprint was published in Cork, Ireland in 1765. English Short-Title Catalogue T91.
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