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Bowdoin, James (1726-1790) to Catharine Macaulay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01791.02 Author/Creator: Bowdoin, James (1726-1790) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 March 1777 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 34 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Requests assistance in writing a history of the present disputes. Reports the American people "continue spirited & determined." Complains "the English now in America seem to have lost all that humanity for which they were justly famed."

Background Information: Bowdoin was an American political and intellectual leader, serving both in the colonial council (senate) and house and was president of the Massachusetts state constitutional convention. After independence he was ...the governor of Massachusetts.

Macaulay was a British historian in support of American liberty.
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People: Macaulay, Catharine, 1731-1791
Bowdoin, James, 1726-1790

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryLiterature and Language ArtsWomen's HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMorality and Ethics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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