Anglo-American Political Relations, 1675-1775

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JOHN SHY


10 Thomas Pownall, Henry Ellis, and the Spectrum
of Possibilities, 1763-1775

JOHN SHY received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy, his M.A. from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.He has taught at Princeton and is now Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.His book, Toward Lexington: The Role of the British Army in the Coming of the American Revolution ( 1965), won the American Historical Association's John H. Dunning Prize. Other publications include sketches on Charles Lee in George Washington's Generals ( ed.George A. Billias, 1964) and Thomas Gage in George Washington's Opponents ( ed. George A. Billias, 1969) as well as (with Peter Paret) Guerrillas in the ig60's ( 1962). He is presently making a military, social, and political study of the Continental Army officer corps.

Little more than a year after Great Britain had given up the fight to hold her North American Colonies, a remarkable meeting took place at Marseilles, where ancient ruins, the winter's sun, and fate brought Thomas Pownall and Henry Ellis southward to the same supper table.A generation earlier, during the critical years of The Great War for Empire, each man had governed one of the American provinces: Ellis in Georgia, Pownall in Massachusetts.After their coincidental return to England in 1760, their careers had diverged. Ellis had soon withdrawn from politics altogether; Pownall only lately

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