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A plan to reduce America to obedience... Much on the war...



Item # 597074

May 14, 1777

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, May 14, 1777  Over half of the front page is taken up with American news, including: "A Scheme for Reducing America to Obedience...by a Well-wisher to Government" (see). This is followed by reports from the New York Gazette which reports two military skirmishes, including: "...ordered out to attack a party of the rebels at De Lancey's Mills...the party attacked them...killed between 40 and 50..." and more (see).  Also: "...marked from Fort Independence to the bridge at Bronx River where they attacked another party of the rebels & drove them off..." and: "...Mr. Washington remains as yet at Morristown with not above 4 or 500 men...Most of the New England people are gone home...". There is also a detailed account of an encounter at Peekskill (see) taking most of a column, including: "...As the above was the principle magazine of Washington's army the destroying  it is a very great blow to the Americans & will probably oblige them to retreat immediately to Philadelphia...". Also: "...that General Howe was still at New York...that the troops were very healthy...by the late  accounts Mr. Washington's army near Philadelphia was not above 6000 men, that the rebels were enlisting in their different provinces, that great numbers of them deserted...that their Ambassador Dr. Franklin, at the court of France, had negociated with that Court for a supply of troops....are told that immediately after the destruction of the stores at Peek's Kill the rebels removed everything of the king as far back as Derby, in Connecticut." (see)
Some war items carry over to page 3 as well including mention of Ben Franklin being successful in his negotiations with the French, etc. Also mention that: "...the march of General Arnold..in order to strengthen Ticonderoga...". Also a letter from Peekskill.
Four pages, folio size, some ink stains, generally very nice condition. Red tax stamp on the front page.

Category: British

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