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One of the most famous revolutions in history, the American Revolution (1775-1783) was the political upheaval in which 13 distinct colonies in North America banded together to cast off British rule, forming the United States of America. 

After the shot heard round the world on April 19, 1775, at the Battle of Lexington, the colonies sent representatives to the Second Continental Congress, the new states joined together at first to defend their respective self-governance and manage the armed conflict against the British known as the Revolutionary War (1775–83, also American War of Independence). Ultimately, the states collectively determined that the British monarchy, by acts of tyranny, could no longer legitimately claim their allegiance. They then severed ties with the British Empire in July 1776, when the Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, rejecting the monarchy on behalf of the new sovereign nation separate and external to the British Empire. 

Of course, the colonial forces still had to defend against the British attempts to subjugate them militarily, and given the British Empire’s supremity on both land and sea, this would be a lot easier said than done. The war ended with effective American victory in October 1781 after Yorktown, followed by formal British abandonment of any claims to the United States with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

In the 18th century, it was customary when corresponding to create two letters. The original went to the addressee. The sender, before posting it, would make a copy, which would remain with the sender in a "letter box" or a "letter book" for future reference. For the wealthy, the entire task was done by a personal secretary, with the "writer" doing no more than signing their name. As one traveled down the social (or military) ladder, the creator of the letter not only wrote the letter itself, but also made the copy.

This is the letterbook of a Loyalist who remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution, depicting the events of the revolution from the other side. This edition is specially formatted with illustrations of several Founding Fathers and important figures of the war. 

October 18
Charles River Editors