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Exhibiting a circumstantial, connected, and complete Account
of the real Causes, Rise, and Progress of the War,
WITH A N
to elucidate the History.
Illustrated with a Variety of beautiful Copper-Plates, repre-
fenting real and animated Likenesses of those celebrated Generals
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TN the recording of events, where
in the passions and prejudices of mankind, have been so materially intereited, and where opinions have been so various both in regard to the equity, as well as the whole operative system of the American war, the task of the historian becomes peculiarly arduous and difficult ; people can [arcely judge with temper of such an laittory in a century after the events, nor will it be found poffible for to escape censure, 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 historian'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 controversy, upon which the greateft men of the age, have differed in
their sentiments, his subject becomes highly interesting.
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 springs which led to this unhappy contest, are placed in the truest and most impartial light, the various forms and modes of local legislation, 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 since its first discovery, is plainly pointed to th view of the reader: in short, the editor hopes he may say, without the imputation of vanity, that this work will prove friendly to constitutional liberty, lead the mind to form just notions of legislation and government, and prove worthy of the acceptance of the public.
CHAP. II. A concise view of North America and the West-In.
dia Ilands, from their first discovery, 'till the seeds of the present
shipping of each of the colonies, as they stood in the year 1763. 299
different charters and grants, and shewing when executed, to
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