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973.3 5546 Ir34

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1834,

By Isaac N. WHITING,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Ohio.

C. SCOTT, Printer, Columbus, O.

Gift Lihotubbard 12-15-27

ADVERTISEMENT.

The following work was originally prepared for the London Library of Useful Knowledge, and published in several of its numbers. It bears all the marks of extensive investigation of the subject and impartiality in treating it, which distinguish the works of that Society, and is alike nervous, elegant, and perspicuous in its style. Perhaps there is no work extant which embodies in so small a compass so full and interesting account of those eventful times which marked the rise and progress of the American Revolution. But while it will be found exceedingly interesting to readers generally, it is undoubtedly especially well calculated to form a most useful School Book. And with the view of rendering it still more valuable in this respect, to the youth of this country, and of impressing its important facts still more deeply on their minds, a series of Questions has been prepared expressly for this edition, with considerable care and attention, by an old, experienced teacher. A number of valuable notes, designed to illustrate more clearly some of the more important leading events, has also been added, taken chiefly from Holmes's Annals of America and Hale's History of the United States. The Constitution of the United States, with the amendments, has been inserted as an Appendix. With these additions it is believed there is no work of the kind to be found which can be more profitably studied by the rising generation, or which is better adapted to form a valuable text book for our Schools. It is readily confessed that few occurrences have ever transpired in connexion with the various revolutions of governments and empires, whose influences have been more extensive and salutary throughout the civilized world than the American Revolution. It formed indeed a new era in the history of mankind, and the principles which were then contended for and successfully established, the untiring ardor and stern patriotism which distinguished the actors of those times, should be early and familiarly made known, in order that we may duly prize our inestimable institutions.The publisher of this edition would therefore especially recommend the work to the attention of parents and teachers.

The narrative of the enterprise of Sergeant Champe, from page 170 to the end of Section 32, is copied from Lee's Memoirs, and was intended to be iroserted as a nole.

CONTENTS.

Page

Section 1. Settlement of British America....

.5

2. War of 1756......

10

3. Resolutions of the House of Commons, 10th of March, 1764.... 14

4. Stamp Act, March 22, 1765...

16

5. Repeal of the Stamp Act, 10th of March, 1766—New attempt at

Taxation, and resistance to the same....

..21

6. Petition and Remonstrance, 1773...

7. Boston Port-Act, and Repeal of the Charter of Massachusetts....39

8. Removal of the Seat of Government from Boston..

..48

9. First acts of the Assembly at Concord..

...50

10. Opening of the Congress at Philadelphia....

54

11. Address of the House of Commons, 9th of February, 1775.. ..57

12. Affair at Lexington, 19th of April, 1775...

.....66

13. Battle of Bunker's Hill...

..69

14. Union of the thirteen Provinces—Hancock appointed President,

and Washington Commander-in-Chief..

73

15. Invasion of Canada--Death of Montgomery

16. Evacuation of Boston, March 17, 1776.

.80

17. Declaration of Independence..

..86

18. Capture of Long Island..

..96

19. Evacuation of New York..

99

20. Battle of Trenton......

102

21. Capture of Philadelphia..

106

22. Burgoyne's Expedition...

109

23. Failure of Burgoy ne's Expedition..

.114

24. Convention of Saratoga..

121

25. Treaty with France..

123

26. Rejection of Lord North's Overtures.

128

27. Arrival of the French Fleet...

137

28. Campaign of 1779...

140

29. Siege and Capitulation of Charleston.....

147

30. Defeat of Gates's Army by Lord Cornwallis..

.. 152

31. Arrival of the French Auxiliaries under Rochambeau...........

.. 160

32. Treason of Arnold, and death of Andre...

..163

33. Campaign of 1781-Defeat of Greene, by Lord Cornwallis......190

34. Campaign of 1781 continued-Defeat of Lord Rawdon by Gen-

eral Greene..

196

35. Further Events of the Campaign-Preparations for the Siege of

New York...

..235

36. Siege of Yorktown—Surrender of Cornwallis.

..240

37. Provisional Treaty of Peace..

.246

38. Conclusion.....

252

APPENDIX-The Constitution of the United States.

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