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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 5601 27
ASTOR, LENOX AND
ENTERED, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1834, by SAMUEL F
Wilson, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Maryland.
The first intention of the writer of this book was to prepare an abstract of some one of the larger histories of the American Revolution, in a more compact form than any which he had met with in his own reading. The object was to present a convenient volume, which should embrace all the principal occurrences, civil, military, and political, in America and Europe, having a direct influence on the principles and progress of the revolutionary contest, at the same time that it should avoid all minor details not positively necessary to the continuity or integrity of the narrative. The military events were to be made less prominent than is usual; and all circumstantial accounts of battles and manæuyres in the field, beyond leading incidents important for the understanding of the issue, were to be avoided. After examining several of the principal authorities, the design of following any particular author was abandoned, and the present plan adopted, of re-writing and re-arranging the whole, without regard to the order or language of previous histories. These are the claims of the work to originality. Its merits are submitted to the judgment of the public. The writer has diligently compared the received authorities, and exercised his judgment freely in selecting and arranging the essential facts; and he thinks he has brought within the compass of a volume convenient for popular use, a connected narrative of the revolution, embracing all the principal events—foreign and domestic. Those portions which relate to the foreign negotiations, are more full in proportion, than the other divisions of the subject. They will be found, it is believed, correct and valuable.
The author believes that this volume might be advantageously used in the instruction of youth. For the purpose of determining this point, he invites the examination of teachers, within whose system the subject is embraced, on the scale to which the size of the work is adapted.
The chief authorities consulted by the writer, are: Holmes' Annals; the histories by Botta, Paul Allen, Ramsay, and Pitkin; Marshall's Life of Washington; Lives of the Signers ; Lives of Arthur Lee, and Richard Henry Lee, by Richard Henry Lee; Life of John Jay, by his son, William Jay; Wirt's Patrick Henry; Spark's Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution; Bancroft's life of Washington; Walsh's Appeal; Hale's Premium History; Austin's Life of Gerry; Life of Quincy; Lee's Southern Campaigns; English Histories by Bisset, Belsham, and Miller; and other histories of particular States.
S. F. WILSON Baltimore, May, 1834.
Negotiations abroad, 1776-7-French Policy-French Volunteers-British Parlia.