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Battle of Camden...
Item # 545020
October 1, 1780
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1780 Inside has a lengthy & very detailed letter from Lord Cornwallis to Lord Germain on the battle of Camden, S.C., which begins: "It is with great pleasure that I communicate to your lordship an account of the...victory obtained on the 16th inst. by his Majesty's troops under my command over the rebels of the southern army, commanded by General Gates...". This report continues to take two pages & is signed in type: Cornwallis.
There is much war content under: "American Affairs" with some of the reports mentioning: "...On the 21st of July this little handful of men were attacked by a body of...2000 rebels, with 7 pieces of cannon under the command of the Gens. Wayne, Irving and Proctor, whom they repulsed with great loss...", "...During this time Washington but a rapid movement had, with an army increased to 12,000 men, passed the North River & was moving towards Kingsbridge when learning that the troops were returned he re-crossed the river & retired to Orange Town...", "...mentions that had put an end to all resistance in S. Carolina...received of the good disposition of the loyalists in N. Carolina & of the impossibility of subsisting a body of troops in that country till the harvest was over...the government of N. Carolina were likewise making great exertions to raise troops & persecuting the loyalists in a cruel manner..." and much more (see for portions), with American news continuing to take nearly two pages.
Among other reports in this issue are: "On Negro Slavery" which takes over a full page; A letter signed in type by: Benjamin Franklin (see); "Biographical Memoirs of Dean Stanhope" and more.
Complete in 48 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches. An archival mend to a small tear at the bottom of the second leaf, otherwise in nice condition.
A nice Revolutionary War era magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content beyond the war reports noted below. This was the very first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731.