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The Colonial Office Records of the British Public Record Office have for generations been the indispensable point of reference for scholarship on the American colonies. With this publication, it is possible now for scholars to enjoy immediate access to substantial selections of these invaluable documents. The correspondence in this collection has three basic levels: communications to the colonial governors from colonists of every rank and stature, including planters, merchants, seamen, local officials, and many others; letters and reports from the colonial governors to officials in Britain; and dispatches from Britain to the colonial governors outlining British policy. Part Five offers a detailed account of virtually every aspect of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of British officials and military commanders. The core of this selection is composed of the correspondence of the British commanders-in-chief (Generals Gage, Howe, Clinton, and Carleton), both with their own field officers and with the secretaries of state. Along with the military correspondence, this selection includes the correspondence between the secretaries of state and the civil officers in the colonies.

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