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"Don't tread on me"... American lower expections of independence...



Item # 597083

June 7, 1777

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, June 7, 1777  Page 2 has several items concerning the war including: "...from Philadelphia...the Congress have of late so far lowered their haughty tone as even to talk of relinquishing their pretensions to independency. This sudden change is said to be owing partly to the great loss among their shipping, the repeated defeats of their army, & partly to the universal dissatisfaction that prevails among the people in general."
More than half of page 3 is taken up with American content, too much to mention here, but a few brief bits include: "The Virginia Gazettes...are printed upon French paper, the titles are decorated with the figure of a snake, under which is a scroll with this inscription, 'Don't tread on me,' and the motto, 'High Heaven to gracious ends directs the storm!'. They abound with advertisements of deserters...". This is followed by reports from Williamsburg, including mention of Ben Franklin. Another letter talks of relations with the Indians. Also a letter from New York which has: "General Washington...was moving towards Philadelphia...The people who leave the city seem to retreat towards Lancaster..." and: "...a smart skirmish in the Jerseys in which we killed a number of the rebels..." and a letter from Newport, Rhode Island beginning: "The inhabitants of this & Connecticut Islands have taken the oath of allegiance & seem to desire nothing more than to live peaceably under the British government...Just informed that General Howe was very near been taken by the rebels..." and much more (see).
Four pages, folio size,wear at the margins with some tears & close-trimmed at the top half of pg. 3 in the right margin does not affect any American content.

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