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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

RISE, PROGRESS, And ESTABLISHMENT,

OF THE

INDEPENDENCE

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

INCLUDING

AN ACCOUNT OF THE LATE WARj

AND OF THE

THIRTEEN COLONIES,

FROM THEIR ORIGIN TO THAT PERIOD.

By WILLIAM QORDON, D.D.

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LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR;

AND SOLD BY CHARLES DILLY, IN THE POULTRY; AND
JAMES BUCKLAND, IN PATER-NOSTER-ROW.
M DCC LXXXV1H.

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The General Contents Of The Several Letters

In Vol. Iv.

Letter I. P. i—16.

•yHE French and Spanish fleets, in the West Indies, form a
■*■ junction; but effect no capital operation, p. 2. Their

combined fleets in Europe intercept the East and West India

convoy, p. 3. Mr. Laurens is taken in his passage to Holland,

p. 5. Sir 'Joseph Yorke leaves the Hague, p. 6. Hurricanes

in the West Indies, p. 7. The new parliament meets, p. 10.

The kindness of the Spaniards to the Britijh prisoners, p. 14.

The inquisition abolished in the duke of Modena's dominions,

p. 15.

Letter II. P. 16—67.

The Pennsylvania line revolts, p. 16. Sir H. Clinton fends

agents to treat with them, two of whoVn are hanged, p. 20.

Part of the Jersey brigade revolts, p. 22. Lieut, colonel John
Laurens chosen by congress special minister to the court of Ver-

sailles, and general Washington's hints to him, p. 23—the gene-

ral writes to Dr. Franklin, p. 25. The Virginia house of dele-

gates' resolve respecting Gates, p. 26. The returns of Greene's

force in South Carolina, and his concluding on a partisan war,

p. 27—his letter to lord Cornwallis, p. 28—he divides his force,

p. 30. Lieut, colonel Tarleton is detached after general Mor-

gan, by whom he is defeated, p. 33. Lord Cornwallis pursues

Morgan, p, 37. General Greene arrives, and takes the com-

mand of Morgan's troops, p. 38. The Americans retreat, and

safely cross the Dan into Virginia, though pursued by his lord-

ship with the utmost eagerness, p. 39. Greene recrosses the

Dan, p. 47. General Pickens and lieut. colonel Let cut in

pieces a large body of royalists, p. 48. Cornwallis^ attempts to

surprise the American light infantry, p. 50. Greene determines

upon fighting his lordship, p. 53. His lordstiip attacks and

defeats him, p. 54.. His lordihip retreats toward Cross Creek,

and Greene pursues him to Deep river, p. 57. General Arnold

fails for and lands in Virginia, p. 59. General Wajhington

lays a plan for catching him, p. 60. Sir H. Clinton fends gen.

Phillips, with more troops, to take the command in Virginia,

p. 62. Acts of congress, p. 63. Mr. Robert Morris chosen

financier, p. 64. The Maryland delegates empowered to sub-

scribe the confederation, which is thereby completed, p. 65.

General Wajhington gives his decisive opinion upon the necessity

of a timely and powerful aid from France, p. 67.

Let-

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