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Renegade RevolutionaryThe Life of General Charles Lee$
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Phillip Papas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767658

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767658.001.0001

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Colonel Lee’s Son

Colonel Lee’s Son

(p.17) 1 Colonel Lee’s Son
Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of Charles Lee's early life. Charles Lee was born in December 1731 to Colonel John and Isabella Bunbury Lee. The Lees had been living in Cheshire, enjoying the comfortable life of gentry. John Lee began his career in the military service as a captain of dragoons (or cavalry). Little is known of Charles' childhood, and he wrote very little about his parents, especially his mother, with whom he had a tense relationship. Charles had to contend with poor physical health all of his life, but it allowed him to travel in many parts of the world. This chapter also considers Charles Lee's formal education, his immersion in the ideas of the Enlightenment, his interest in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and his entry into the British army.

Keywords:   military service, Charles Lee, Isabella Bunbury Lee, John Lee, childhood, physical health, education, Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, British army

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