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From shortly after Cornwallis surrendered...



Item # 553981

January 17, 1782

THE SALEM GAZETTE, Salem, Massachusetts, January 17, 1782

* From the era of Cornwallis's surrender

Pg. 2 has a curious & interesting: "List of Lies Political, in the Ministerial Prints during the Course of the last week" which includes: "Great Britain has nothing to fear from her enemies" "The French fleet in America is not in a condition to be of any service"  "The patriots always love to hear of bad news." "A number of letters written by general Washington have been intercepted by the king's troops." "Fayette is taken prisoner by lord Cornwallis, his army is dispersed, and the American general are making the best terms for themselves they can, and will surrender also to the British commander." among many more. 
A pg. 3 item notes: "...five dragoons, who some time ago deserted from the American army & had been in the British services, came out from New York...resigned themselves up to General Heath who gave them liberty to join the corps from which they deserted..." and another item includes: "...so soon as the news of the surrender of the Guilford hero (as Lord Cornwallis is stiled) and army reached Penobscot, the British commander there informed those poor deluded, foolish wretches, who have...fled to him for protection...". Also: "...five refugees from Long Island...came in...proposing to surrender themselves & make their peace; but as they were notorious offenders, having been very active in plundering and burning the dwellings of their countrymen, they were apprehended & secured in goal." Also: "...General Clinton and Lord Cornwallis (two more of the conquerors of America) have certainly sailed for Britain; also General Arnold & prince William Henry...". And: "It is certain that the tories of all denominations with the British lines are waiting, with anxious & eager expectation; for acts of grace from the legislature of the several states..." with more. 
There are various other small tidbits which relate in some way to the closing events of the Revolutionary War. Complete in 4 pages, a slight bit of foxing, generally in nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War

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