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Printing of the Preliminary Articles of Peace ending the Revolutionary War...

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April 3, 1783

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, April 3, 1783  The top of page two has a very historic report, datelined "Philadelphia" and prefaced with: "His Most Christian Majesty's cutter the Triumph...arrived this morning...By her we have the following very agreeable and important intelligence; The principal ARTICLES of the PRELIMINARIES of PEACE of the 20th of January, 1783"  and what follows, taking about half a column, are the preliminary terms of the treaty ending the war (see photos for the full text).
History tells us that the preliminary peace treaty between England & the United States would not go into effect until Great Britain and France negotiate a settlement.
Page 3 has a report confirming the above, datelined "Hartford" and reading in part: "...received a letter...with the news of a GENERAL PEACE being signed the 20th of January. As this express came solely to bring the news, and we had no doubt of its being true, the inhabitants of this town manifested their extreme joy by the firing of cannon, ringing of bells, and in the evening fireworks and illuminations." (see photos) Further on in the same column is another report noting: "Although no official accounts have been received either by Congress or the British Commander in New York of a general peace; yet on the authority of Admiral D'Estaing's passport...there remains but little or no doubt of that desirable event having taken place."
Complete in four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some browning & rubbing at the folds with a very tiny hole at the fold juncture, otherwise rather good.

Category: Revolutionary War

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