Washington and His Comrades: Chapter VI

The First Great British Disaster John Burgoyne, in a measure a soldier of fortune, was the younger son of an impoverished baronet, but he had married the daughter of the powerful Earl of Derby and was well known in London society as a man of fashion and also as a man of letters, whose plays …

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Thomas Jefferson to Mrs. Sprowle


TO MRS. SPROWLE. Paris, July 5,1785. Madam, Your letter of the 21st of June, has come safely to hand. That which you had done me the honor of writing before, has not yet been received. It having gone by Dr. Witherspoon to America, which I had left before his return to it, the delay is …

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Tryon’s Descent on New Haven

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. July 7.—On Sunday night last, (4th,) a fleet of British ships and vessels were observed -in Long Island Sound, standing towards New Haven, and about two o’clock the next morning the fleet, consisting of the Camilla and Scorpion men-of-war, …

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The Tea Act of 1773


Preamble An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea to any of his Majesty’s colonies or plantations in America; to increase the deposit on bohea tea to be sold at the India Company’s sales; and to impower the commissioners of the treasury to grant licenses to the …

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