Among the items in lot seventeen of the 1785 Du Simitière sale was this etching by Benjamin Franklin. The cartoon, his response to the Stamp Act crisis, depicts the devastation Britain would suffer without the support of her colonies. In Franklin’s words, “The moral is, that the Colonies may be ruined, but that Britain would thereby be maimed.” Contemporaries of Franklin reported that he had this etching printed on the backs of his message cards while in London as America’s agent. He purportedly gave one to each Member of Parliament before the start of the debate to repeal the divisive and controversial tax. This is the only remaining copy known.