A Servant of the Crown in England and in North America, 1756-1761, Based upon the Papers of John Appy, Secretary and Judge Advocate of His Majesty's Forces

A Servant of the Crown in England and in North America, 1756-1761, Based upon the Papers of John Appy, Secretary and Judge Advocate of His Majesty's Forces

A Servant of the Crown in England and in North America, 1756-1761, Based upon the Papers of John Appy, Secretary and Judge Advocate of His Majesty's Forces

A Servant of the Crown in England and in North America, 1756-1761, Based upon the Papers of John Appy, Secretary and Judge Advocate of His Majesty's Forces

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The account-books kept by John Appy in England and in North America between 1756 and 1761 are more than a record of expenses: with their mention of the names of persons and of places, of food, clothes, amusements, methods of travel, they approximate diaries; they present a picture both of social life and customs and of the progress in social standing of a man who rose from a minor clerkship to a position of responsibility and importance. To give a clear understanding of personalities which have lost their significance for the present day, it is necessary to set them against a background of the events, opinions, and prejudices of their own. By the use of printed and documentary sources in England and in America, especially the Appy letters in the British Museum, the voluminous Amherst Papers in the Public Record Office, London, as well as supplementary material in the Huntington Library at San Marino, California, I have tried to do this for the John Appy of the account-books. Here is a portrait rather than a complete biography; future investigators should be able to add further touches.

The authoritative work of Parkman graphically describes the American chapters of the Seven Years' War from the standpoint of the colonist rather than from that of those who came from overseas. Historians recently have endeavored to enlarge this point of view . . .

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