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British & American forces in America...



Item # 578283

February 3, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 3, 1781  Several pages are taken up with reports from the "House of Commons" which includes one bit noting: "...Lord Howe complained of a late publication in which he had been accused of having carried on a correspondence with Dr. Franklin, a little before he took the command in America--the fact was true, but the whole of that treasonable correspondence had been laid before the noble Lord in the blue ribbon with the consent of Dr. Franklin..." (see).
The bkpg. has a bit: "...The army in America is nearly divided between Sir H. Clinton and Lord Cornwallis: so  that the force at New York, after Arnold's expedition fails, will be reduced to about 12,000 men, and it is well known that the post is not properly secure with less than 10,000, Washington having 14,000 Continentals now under his command, exclusive of the garrison of West Point and the 6000 French at Rhode Island." (see)
Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

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