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Chasing after Washington in Philadelphia...



Item # 585047

October 9, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 9, 1777 

* General George Washington chased
* Gen. William Howe & more


Page 2 has an: "Extract of a Letter from an Officer in the Army under the Command of Gen. Howe" dated Aug. 20, with the text including: "...waiting, I suppose, for Gen. Burgoyne to come down & 2nd our operations with his army, by which means Gen. Washington will be between two fires...I flatter myself that my next will give you a good account of Gen. Washington & his followers as you may depend upon it we shall not longer remain idle but go in quest of him to Philadelphia where he is now said to be." and this is followed by a letter from: "An Officer in General Sinclair's Army at Saratoga" which includes: "You will no doubt have heard of our retreat from Ticonderoga...but the horrid barbarity of our cruel enemies in the pursuit is what you can have no idea of..." and what follows is a horrible example of barbarity (see photos). Another item includes: "A few weeks ago an American Privateer came close to our island, lay off, & plundered the fishing boats of negroes to the amount of 2000..." & a bit more.
Further on a report includes a manifesto from General Burgoyne noting: "Be it known to all who will remain in peaceable possession of their habitations..they may stay unmolested in their respective dwellings...excepting the customs & duties which are payable to the King...nothing will be required of them...but what is absolutely necessary for the subsistence of the army..." & more. Also: "...accounts received of the officers...under...Gen. Howe & Gen. Burgoyne...By them  there is a confirmation that General Howe was on hi march towards Philadelphia, to which place General Washington had retreated, while General Burgoyne was on his march from Albany as was General Clinton...in which situation the rebel army would be so hemmed in that it is thought they must come to an engagement, or surrender..." (see). And also: "...That the New England provinces had begun to revolt by refusing to take the paper currency. Likewise that Gen. Washington's army consisted only of 10,000 men...that Gen. Howe, after making himself master of Baltimore...proceeded to Philadelphia."
More war-related news on the back page. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, very nice, clean condition.

Category: Revolutionary War

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