William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
General Burgoyne and the Boston Blockade
It is well known that General Burgoyne aspired to the double laurels of the dramatist and soldier. He was the author of several comedies and farces, some of which yet keep possession of the stage, and have frequently been published; but one piece called the Boston Blockade has, I believe, never passed through the hands of the printer. During the time of the occupation of the trimountainous city, the royalists used to make themselves merry with amateur theatricals. Old Faneuil Hall was converted from a temple of Liberty into a temple of Thespis; and Burgoyne, being unable to subdue the Yankees by the sword, resorted to the pen and buskin to overpower them with ridicule. I am indebted to the tenacious memory of an old lady, who remembers being present at the representation of the Boston Blockade, for the following specimen, which formed the finale to the piece, the stanzas being separately sung by four of the principal characters; a lady, an old gentleman, a negress, and a young royalist, who was the hero of the affair.