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Upper left) 1754-55 the Halley, John 37 Capxam Ashie. 8ou;«.. ary. lbam Josc-ph Rusjell of m 756 PettT Grmi o/ Marblehead. a, 7'/2 X 6". lo... Watcrcolor, Society, Marblehead, Mass. m War '\ 38. e which together with Ground. " . Actually, for various reasons, including epidemics and high taxes, Boston's population declined slightly in the decades preceding the Revolution. But such outlying smaller seaports as Salem, Marblehead, Newburyport, and others grew in size and importance. Nothing remains of the Salem shown in Joseph Orne's drawing, which probably dates from 1765 to 1770 (plate 34).

It not for the Assistance Gideon ," my recalled, "I should not wife gave me by have been able to journeyed as far as New York in a Although Mrs. Johnston's talents were likenesses were an exceptional accomplish- least once, Henrietta successful quest of commissions. modest, her agreeable and direct ment woman for a in America the time (plate 26). at To the north, south, and west of the settled British colonies, confined were by ocean and mountain to the eastern coastal zone, France and Spain were staking strong counterclaims to the rest of the North American continent.

16'/;". Ltbrary of Congress. Wosfimglon. Ic il' lIlaL xyyi DC. The Colontdl Scene 'gwU-SMfcl- 58. Pierre-Charles L7:n/diii The American Encampment at West Tuint i77iS Wawraikn Lihniry u/ Coiigitjj. Wujiiiiigton. D,C "T^ 59, Major John Andre. Self-Portrait. 1780. Pen and brown inl{, 4 X 5V»" Tale UnwersUy Art Gallery. iew Haven. Conn. ^^,,^^ Life in Peace To prevent the British from moving upstream through the Hudson River valley, the Continental army had the site of fortified West Point, a high rocky mass on the west bank of the river (plate 58).

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