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Ben Franklin on the attrition rate of the war...



Item # 587539

December 7, 1775

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 7, 1775

* Revolutionary War
* Benjamin Franklin


Page 2 has reports from the Virginia Gazette which suggests: "...to treat all such natives of "Great Britain resident here, as do not shew themselves enemies to the common cause of America, with lenity and friendship..." with more (see). This is followed by a few other items from the colonies.
Most of another page is taken up with an interesting editorial concerning how the war in America has affected the Tory & the Whig parties in England, beginning: "The contest with America seems to have produced a strong overturn in the political systems of the two great parties who divide this kingdom..." with more (see).
Another pg has an: "Extract of a Letter from Dr. Franklin to a Friend in London" which includes an interesting item concerning the attrition rate of the Revolutionary War: "...they have gained a mile of ground; they have lost half of it back again, they have lost 1500 men, and killed 150 Yankies. In the mean time we have between sixty and seventy thousand children born. Ask him how long it will take for England to conquer America?" (see)
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, a piece from the top of the first leaf affects art of the masthead & nothing of consequence on pg. 2, otherwise nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War

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