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WAR IN AMERICA,
Its Commencement to the end of the Year 1779.
Exhibiting a circumftantial, connected, and complete Account
A Collection of Interefting and Authentic PAPERS tending
Illuftrated with a Variety of beautiful Copper-Plates, repre-
N the recording of events, where
in the paffions and prejudices of mankind, have been fo materially interested, and where opinions have been fo various both in regard to the equity, as well as the whole operative fyftem of the American war, the task of the hiftorian becomes peculiarly arduous and difficult; people can
arcely judge with temper of fuch an history in a century after the events, nor will it be found poffible for to escape cenfure, either from the violence of one party, or from the overheated imagnation of another; in this predicament if knowledge, impartiality, and a regard to truth, guide the hiftorian's pen, and that his fole object is to give a clear and distinct narrative of facts, from the best and most authentic documents, without pretending dogmatically to decide, in a controverfy, upon which the greateft men of the age, have differed in
their fentiments, his fubject becomes highly interefting.
It is upon this principle that the present work lays claim to the patronage of the public, wherein every event is faithfully recorded, the motives and secret fprings which led to this unhappy conteft, are placed in the trucft and most impartial light, the various forms and modes of local
legiflation, peculiar to the different provinces, are clearly delineated, a diftinct account of the colonization of America in general, wherein every matter of importance that has happened fince its firft difcovery, is plainly pointed to th view of the reader: in fhort, the editor hopes he may fay, without the imputation of vanity, that this work will prove friendly to conftitutional liberty, lead the mind to form just notions of legiflation and government, and prove worthy of the acceptance of the public.
CHAP. II. The Progrefs of the Difpute between Great Bri-