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Washington's letter of resignation...
Item # 567894
September 1, 1783
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August & September, 1783 Included is the continuation of General George Washington's official letter of resignation as commander-in-chief of the military, which takes over 2 pages and is signed by him in at his headquarters in Newburgh, June 18, 1783: George Washington (see).
Further on is: "American News" which includes items from Philadelphia, New York & Princeton, including a response to the mutinous situation Washington dealt with concerning his soldiers.
Also some early discussion as to where the capital of the United States would be located, one suggestion being that it rotate among the various states. But there is also an offer from Williamsburg, along with the reasons it would be a good site (see).
The full back page is a chart headed: "Each Day's Price of Stocks in September, 1783".
This issue is complete with both foldout plates called for, one being a foldout of a plan for St. Paul's Cathedral.
Complete in 86 pages with full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures 5 by 8 inches, good condition.
A very nice magazine from the "mother country" at the end of the Revolutionary War with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
This issue is sold as part of a pair with the August issue, which includes the first part of Washington's Farewell Address.