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THE

HARVARD UNIVERSITY
AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

VOL. IN.
ATEINITY

ECHOO)

BY

GEORGE BANCROFT.

LIBRARY

C BOSTON:
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY.
LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, SON, & CO.

1866.

ARIINO MAR 28 1913

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by

GEORGE BANCROFT, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern

District of New York.

PREFACE.

ONE volume more will complete the American revolution, including the negotiations for peace in 1782. For that volume the materials are collected and arranged, and it will be completed and published without any unnecessary delay. A single document only, but that a very important one, had been wanting; on my request for it through my friend John Bigelow, our minister at Paris, copies of it were ordered for me with the utmost courtesy and promptness by M. Drouyn de Lhuys. That volume will bring into the field in direct action Spain, France, and Great Britain, as well as the United States. I shall endeavor to treat them all with equal impartiality, and I do not doubt of finding a corresponding disposition in my country

I hope to present in a just aspect those who rendered great services to the country, unmindful of any personal differences which may have grown up among them. Especially the documents respecting the preliminaries of peace of which I

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