NARRATIVE OF LIEUT. GEN. SIR WILLIAM HOWE, in a Committee of the House of Commons, on the 29th of April, 1779. relative to His Conduct, During His Late Command of the King's Troops in North America: To Which are Added, Some Observations Upon a Pamphlet, Entitled, Letters to a Nobleman

(London: H. Baldwin, 1780).

SCARCE PRINTING RELATING TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND AN UNCOMMONLY HANDSOME COPY. Sir William Howe led his armies to many impressive victories while serving as commander of the British forces, but was severely criticized for his actions after repelling General Washington's forces at Germantown. He and his troops spent the winter comfortably in Philadelphia instead of driving Washington's weakened and unequipped army out of their stronghold at Valley Forge. Sir Henry Clayton replaced Howe as commander-in-chief and the general was recalled to London to defend his actions. A parliamentary investigation led by a number of military men, including Lord Cornwallis and Lord Grey, acquitted Howe of any blame and affirmed that he had done everything possible considering the state of his troops.
Howe's narrative to the House of Commons is presented in the first 30 odd pages. The publication also includes Howe's response to Joseph Galloway's charges of incompetence and negligence which Galloway had published as LETTERS TO A NOBLEMAN. Item #29650

The second edition of this scarce narrative, same year as the first in identical format. A nice tall and well margined copy. 4to, the original text-block as issued and printed, now richly bound in full burgundy morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe the boards having a blind-tool framed central panel of crushed morocco within a large panel of gilt framed smooth morocco, the spine with two gilt tooled bands and with gilt lettering between them and additional gilt rules at the spine tips, gilt ruled turn-ins and t.e.g., others untrimmed. 110 pp. A very handsome and well preserved collectible copy, rare in this condition, the text quite fresh and clean with only a few occasional spots or signs of age and these all quite mild and unobtrusive, the regal binding with a little rubbing but solid and clearly an indication of fine provenance.

Price: $1,000.00