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George Washington confined to bed all summer?...



Item # 585872

January 6, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, January 6, 1780 

* Capture of the British in the South
* George Washington sick in bed all summer?

A few small page 2 bits note: "Letter from New York mention that Gen. Leslie was to command the troops that were embarking for Georgia." and that "...letters from West Florida mention that an epidemical distemper rages at New Orleans which has carried off great part of the garrison & proved equally fatal among the inhabitants." Another page has mention that: "...reported to bring a confirmation of the capture of the French ships by Sir Peter Parker & likewise of an expedition of Admiral Arbuthnot into the Chesapeake where part of the squadron which was under the command of Count D'Estaign had taken shelter."
On pg. 7 under "American News" is prefaced with: "...taken from the American papers will shew in what ignorance the people are kept respecting important events.", with the text shown in the photos below, portions including: "I congratulate you very sincerely upon a piece of intelligence this moment received...from his Excellency Gen. Washington by express...no less...than the capture of the southern army by Count d'Estaign..." with various details, and also: "...there has been a division of the British troops, all the enemy's force in Georgia must fall into our hands as General Lincoln has taken a position which intercepts their retreat to Pensacola. The progress of the Count seems to point towards Savannah." and another item notes: "....the agreeable news...to General Gates informing him that the intrepid M. d'Estaign has captured, at Georgia, one 50 gun ship, five frigates...& killed & taken 1200 troops, among them a body of the Tory banditti...".
More war-related news is found on the back page including: "...says that Gen. Washington has been all last summer in a bad state of health & very often confined to his bed...the private dispatches government received from Gen. Prevost, he mentioned his intention of attacking Charlestown..." with other items as well (see).
Complete in 8 pages, never bound nor trimmed, some rubbing to the front leaf only, generally very nice & clean. This issue measures about 9 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches.

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