London, England: G. & T. Wilkie, No 71, St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1788. Stitched Pamphlet. 8 1/8" x 5 1/8" octavo. Remnants of leather to spine. Top 2/3 of title page detached and mounted, Pages 123-134 detached and trimmed, Missing two leaves, 135-138, (appendix). Paper is clean, thick laid bond. Howes G35. Sabin 36424. According to Rare Book Hub, a copy hasn't come up for auction since 1962. Good only. Item #81445
Galloway was a distinguished American colonial legislator and attorney, loyal to the British Crown prior to and during the American Revolution. As a member of the Continental Congress in 1774, he proposed a compromise plan for Union with Great Britain which would provide the colonies with their own parliament subject to the Crown (Britannica). The plan was rejected by the Continental Congress by one vote. Congress however voted to expunge Galloway’s plan from their journal, so he published it himself in 1775. After 1778 he lived in Britain, where he acted as a leader of the Loyalist movement and an advisor to the government. Once Britain's Parliament granted American independence as part of the Peace of Paris (1783) many Loyalists went into forced exile and Galloway permanently settled in Britain. After the war ended, Galloway spent his remaining years in religious studies and writing in England. The loyalists had their full stake riding on the outcome of the Revolution and they generally lost all, despite Galloways attempt to obtain restitution from the Crown.