A Journal by Thos. Hughes, for His Amusement, & Designed Only for His Perusal by the Time He Attains the Age of 50 If He Lives So Long. (1778-1789)

A Journal by Thos. Hughes, for His Amusement, & Designed Only for His Perusal by the Time He Attains the Age of 50 If He Lives So Long. (1778-1789)

A Journal by Thos. Hughes, for His Amusement, & Designed Only for His Perusal by the Time He Attains the Age of 50 If He Lives So Long. (1778-1789)

A Journal by Thos. Hughes, for His Amusement, & Designed Only for His Perusal by the Time He Attains the Age of 50 If He Lives So Long. (1778-1789)

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Thomas Hughes, the author of the Journal, was one of four brothers, sons of Major William Hughes and Elizabeth Carlyon, all of whom followed their father into the armed forces of the Crown and in an age of world-wide warfare served their country in East or West. His eldest brother, William Carlyon Hughes, who rose to the rank of general, served in the American War and, later, in the West Indies, dying in 1808 while Governor of Surinam. John Hughes, also, served in America and afterwards in India, and was acting A.D.C. to Colonel Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) at the capture of Seringapatam. The third brother, Philip, became a Captain in the East India Company's fleet. Thomas left Eton in 1774 at the age of fifteen and enlisted as a volunteer in the 53rd Regiment, in which his father held a commission. Shortly afterwards he was able to purchase an ensigncy and in April 1776 his regiment was despatched to Canada as a reinforcement.

Hostilities in North America had begun in the preceding year and American Independence was proclaimed a few weeks after the reinforcement arrived at Quebec. At the time, Sir Guy Carleton was in command in Canada, with Burgoyne second in command. An American attempt on Canada in the previous autumn had been foiled by Carleton's courageous defence of Quebec, and the opening pages of the Journal describe the fighting on the Canadian frontier in the summer of 1776 with the American army in retreat down the Champlain route. Carleton advanced as far as Crown Point and . . .

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