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Revolution 1776
by John Hyde Preston
Published by Harcourt, Brace, New York, New York (1933)
Used Hardcover First Edition, Second Printing March 1933
Measures 9x6 inches Weighs 1 pound 12 ounces
Condition: Fair.
Solid sturdy book with gray cloth boards. Spine text is gold within a red block.
Pages are lightly honey colored. Text is crisp and illustrations are bright.
Spine is darkened from age and book is cocked from poor shelving.
A solid sturdy well made book.

A Prelude—for Guns
THE morning of June 9, 1768, was quiet in the town of
Boston. The sunlight was thick and bright against the
red-brick houses, and all window shutters to the east were
closed to keep the heavy draperies from fading. From kitchen
chimneys drab wood smoke curled indolently to heaven. Pigs
snooted in the gutters. Down in the harbor the water was clear
blue under an easy sky, and the tall sails of vessels were white
against the blue above and about, under this pleasant sun.
Not far out on the waters of the harbor, rolling sleepily in the
tide, His Majesty's warship Romney, fifty guns, lay at anchor.
Above her furled sails the red and blue emblem of the British
Empire flapped against the mast. Sailors in bright uniforms moved
about on deck and polished bits of brass. Other men, in brighter
uniforms, with finely powdered hair, sat on hatchways or straddled
the long guns, lit pipes, and joked among themselves. All was
laziness; all was peace. There was nothing to do, nothing to think
about A roving colonial commission was a bore. Their only job
was to keep the Romney anchored there, a solitary sentinel at the
gates of the sea, a guardian of the laws and order of His Imperial
and Most Divine Majesty, George III of Great Britain.
Ships passed, vigorous and sprightly in the fresh breeze, hailing
we Romney with cheerful salutes, and continuing on to the broad
sea . About noon the sails of a tall sloop loomed in sight on the
horizon, headed towards the port of Boston and cutting through
the water at a swift clip.
Officer of the Romney came out with a spyglass. He focused

Revolution 1776 by John Hyde Preston Published by Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1933 Hardcover First Edition, Second Printing March Illustrated


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