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Travels in North America in the years 1780, 1781, and 1782, translated from the French by an English gentleman who resided in America at that period.with notes by the ===================================translator

CHASTELLUX, Francois-Jean, Marquis de

Published by G.G. J. & J. Robinson, London, 1787
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With 5 folding plates (2 maps, 2 views, and 1 folding plan). Contemporary (possibly original) quarter maroon morocco over cloth, hinges cracked on Volume I, which also needs re-sewing (1 signature loose); interior has small ink stain on margin of frontispiece map, a few stains here and there but still in good condition. First English edition, translated from the French of the prior year. The book is a compilation of Chastellux's journal entries reflecting on his extensive travels in America. Although he spent these years officially as a military officer, the work primarily focuses on the political and social condition of the colonies and their prospective future as a nation. The travelogue, which is still to this day an enjoyable read, was translated into English and printed in London in 1787.After arriving in America in July, 1780, Chastellux participated in the American Revolutionary War as a Major General in the French expeditionary force led by General Rochambeau. During the following year, he was third in command of the French forces engaged at the decisive Siege of Yorktown where the British were ultimately defeated. Major General de Chastellux was fluent in English and with his strong ideological support of the American cause, he served the alliance well. During the latter part of the campaign he was the principal liaison officer between Rochambeau and George Washington. Thereafter, Chastellux remained a personal friend of Washington for life. The College of William and Mary and the University of Pennsylvania both awarded Chastellux with honorary degrees. After his return to France, Chastellux also remained in contact with Thomas Jefferson, then the American representative in Paris, whom he had previously visited on his Virginia estate at Monticello. Of special interest is his comments on the life and patriotism of American women (especially when he visited the more elite in Philadelphia), noting their active role in the war.Francois Jean, Marquis de Chastellux (c.1734-1788), joined the army at age 13 and rose through the ranks during the Seven Years War. Chastellux enjoyed membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, as well as in the Academie Français. Bookseller Inventory # 15029

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Title: Travels in North America in the years 1780, ...

Publisher: G.G. J. & J. Robinson, London

Publication Date: 1787


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