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June 25, 1775 Letter from John Burgoyne to Lord Stanley

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"And now ensued one of the greatest scenes of war that can be conceived."

Published copy of a letter, dated June 25, 1775, from General John Burgoyne at Boston to his nephew Lord Stanley.

A playwright and gambler, John Burgoyne had entered the military at the age of 15 and served in Portugal during the Seven Year's War (1756–1763), which corresponded to the French and Indian War in America (1754–1760). Having attained the rank of major general by 1775, he arrived in Boston that May with Generals William Howe and Henry Clinton. Frustrated by his lack of authority in Boston, he left America, only to return to command an expedition from Canada in 1777, an expedition that ended in disaster with the surrender of his army at Saratoga.

General Burgoyne's letter was published in London on November 27, 1775, with A Plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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