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BIRTH of Mr. Washington. His mission to the French on the Ohio.

Appointed lieutenant colonel of a regiment of regular troops. Surprises M. Jumonville. Capitulation of Fort Necessity. Is appointed aid de camp to General Braddock. Defeat and death of that general. Is appointed to the command of a regiment. Extreme distress of the frontiers, and exertions of Colonel Washington to augment the regular force of the colony. General Forbes undertakes the expedition against Fort du Quesne. Defeat of Major Grant. Fort du Quesne 'evacuated by the French, and taken possession of by the English. Resignation and marriage of Colonel Washington.


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Opinions on the supremacy of Parliament, and its right to tax the colo-

nies. Stamp act. Congress assemble at New York. Violence in the

great towns. Change of administration. Stamp act repealed. Op-

position to the mutiny act. Act imposing duties on tea, &c. resisted in

America. The Assembly of Massachussetts address letters to several

members of the administration in England. Petition to the King.

Circular letter to the colonial Assemblies. Letter from the Earl of

Hillsborough. Assembly of Massachussetts dissolved. Seizure of the

sloop Liberty. A Convention assembles at Faneuil Hall, Boston. Mo-

deration of its proceedings. Proceedings of Parliament. Resolutions

of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. The governor dissolves the

Assembly. The members form and sign a non-importation agreement.

Measures generally taken against the importation of British manufac-

tures. General Court again convened in Massachussetts. Its proceed-

ings. Is prorogued. Administration resolve on a repeal of all the

duties, except that on tea. Circular letter of the Earl of Hillsbo-

rough. New York recedes, in part, from the non-importation agree-
ment. Riot in Boston. Trial and acquittal of Captain Preston. In-
surrection in North Carolina. Dissatisfaction of Massachussetts. Cor-

responding committees appointed. Governor Hutchinson's correspond-

ence, with administration, sent over by Dr. Franklin. The Assembly

petition for the removal of the governor and lieutenant governor.

Hutchinson is succeeded by General Gage.


Colonel Washington appointed commander in chief of the American

forces. Arrives at Cambridge. Strength and disposition of the two

armies. Deficiency of the Americans in arms and ammunition. Fal.

mouth burned. Success of the American cruizers. Distress of the

British, from the want of fresh provisions. Difficulty of re-enlisting

Plans for attacking Boston. Possession taken of the

Heights of Dorchester. Boston evacuated.

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the army.


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