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[Edward Langworthy]. Memoirs of the Life of the Late Charles Lee . . . second in command in the service of the United States . . . during the Revolution . . .. 12 mo. Second American edition. New York: T. Allen, 1793. Viii, 284. Top 1” of title page clipped, probably to remove name of previous owner, as often found. Engraved bookplate removed from front paste down end paper. Original full leather boards and spine rehinged. Original end pages. Collates complete with Sabin 38903 and Howes, L83. A lovely, early American imprint.

Edward Langworthy (ca. 1738-1802) was an early participant in revolutionary activities in Georgia, and in December of 1775 became secretary of the Council of Safety in his colony (soon to be state). He served in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia and signed the Articles of Confederation in November 1777. In 1780 he acquired the papers of the controversial Gen. Charles Lee (1731-1782) who by then had been court-martialed by the American Army. First editions in 1792 appeared in London, Dublin and New York, and this is the second New York edition. Howes states that the text was edited by Thomas Paine. Sympathetic to Lee, it is an early piece of biography from the American Revolution by its participants. $275


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