A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution; in Thirteen Discourses, Preached in North America Between the Years 1763 and 1775; With an Historical Preface.

London: Printed for G. G. & C. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, 1797.

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First edition. xciv, 596pp. Half-title. 8vo. Half calf and marbled paper covered boards. ESTC T115817; Howes B641. Sabin 6839.

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"The author was a refugee who returned to England on account of his political principles in 1775, and died there in 1804. In the preface, he passes in review the different histories of the American Revolution, all of which are censured as partial and defective" (Sabin).

Boucher went to Virginia as a youth in 1754, and except for a brief return to England to take Anglican orders, lived in America until 1775. Part of that period he spent running a school, and educating Washington's stepson, among others, becoming close to Washington in the process. "...He lived in intimate friendship with Washington. They often dined together and spent many hours in talk" (DNB).

As the Revolution neared, Boucher denounced from the pulpit the disloyal tendencies he saw about him, and his Loyalist sentiments led him back to England, where he issued this book more than twenty years later. Despite their obvious political disagreements, Boucher seems to have retained his personal esteem for Washington, to whom this volume is dedicated "as a tender of renewed amity"