- Hardcover: 534 pages
- Publisher: Viking Press; 1st edition (June 1941)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0678031762
- ISBN-13: 978-0678031766
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secret History of the American Revolution: An Account of the Conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and Numerous Others Drawn from the Secret Service Paper 1st Edition
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For example, Dr. Benjamin Church, a Boston physician, a member of the provincial congress of Massachusetts and a member of the committee of safety, who had the confidence of John and Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Joseph Warren was a British spy who for six weeks prior to the battle of Lexington had passed secrets to Thomas Gage, the British commander-in-chief and governor of Massachusetts who gave the order to capture the American stores at Concord, the night of April 18, 1775. These actions are cited as the start of the American Revolutionary War.
Or, the most egregious instance of loyalist snobbism was the Rev. Jacob Duche, rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's in Philadelphia and former chaplain of the Continental Congress trying to persuade Washington to give up the rebellion because there were 'so few rebels he could feel like inviting to dinner' and proceeded to disparage Congress and pit the classes against each other.
And my reason for buying the book are the pages detailing Benedict Arnold before, during and after the Revolution. All the information is drawn from the Secret Service Papers of the British Headquarters in North America. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the stories never told about the American Revolution. And another benefit is the book is not a reprint but a printing from 1941; the pages feel different and the book has that old book smell. Probably not a selling point but makes the book that much more valuable. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.