MEMOIRS OF MAJOR-GENERAL HEATH. Containing Anecdotes, Details of Skirmishes, Battles, and other Military Events, during the American War.

(Boston: I. Thomas and E.T. Andrews, Faust's Statue, No. 45, Newbury-Street, Aug. 1798).

FIRST EDITION OF THIS FINE TRACT ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. William Heath of Boston was an American farmer, soldier and political leader. He served as a major general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Prior to the war he had become active in the militia and by 1770 was a commanding officer. In 1774 the revolutionary government in Massachusetts commissioned him as a brigadier general and he commanded Massachusetts forces during the last stage of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775.
He participated in the defense of New York City in 1776 and is remembered for encouraging General Washington not to abandon the city. He was placed in charge of the Convention Army of John Burgoyne's surrendered troops after the Battle of Saratoga and then, in 1780, commanded the Highland Department after Benedict Arnold's treason. He was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati and served as a member of the Massachusetts Convention that ratified the United States Constitution in 1788. Item #29538

First Edition, the copy of Samuel G. Adams. 8vo, bound in full period polished calf, the spine with compartments separated by double gilt-fillet ruled bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt. vi, 388 pp. A very well preserved and handsome copy. The book is rare in contemporary American calf. Few copies as such are ever encountered. There is the usual mellowing to the paper as is typical to the book and evidence of old damp to some leaves in the lower gutter area, still a handsome copy and a good survival in authentic and original condition.

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