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Americans to give up hope for independence...



Item # 597240

June 9, 1777

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, June 9, 1777  Most of the front page is taken up with the continued: "Further Extract from the Letters sent by the Missionaries in America to the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts" which ties to the Revolutionary War, including: "...Matters now became critical in the highest degree. The rebel army amounted to near 30,0000. All their cannon & military stores were drawn to New York...Violent threats were thrown out..." and more.
Page 2 has war content including: "...reported that an action has happened between the Provincial troops & Lord Cornwallis in which the former sustained considerable loss & the latter had 4000 killed but remained in possession of the field...an express arrived there for Dr. Franklin...with advice...from Philadelphia with an account that the army under the command of Lord Cornwallis had routed & defeated upwards of 7000 provincials, near 300 of whom were taken prisoners..." and: "...letters...received from New York make General Howe's army near 30,000, which is a greater force than he has ever yet had together before." Further on: "...hopes the time is not very distant when the present dispute will be amicably settled...between General Howe & some of the provincial leaders in America...The Congress have of late so far lowered their haughty tone as even to talk of relinquishing the pretensions to independence. This sudden change is said to be owing partly to...the repeated defeats of their army & partly to the universal dissatisfaction that prevails amongst people..." (see).
Page 3 has a few bits including: "...having traveled through New England with great fatigue we came to the grand army...commanded by General Washington who received us in a very polite & distinguished manner." Also a letter noting: "...the British army had taken the field...destruction of another magazine in Connecticut, of greater importance than that at Peeks kill by a detachment of the army under the command of Governor Tryon...The rebels, who were under the command of Colonel Arnold, abandoned the magazine upon the first appearance of the British troops..." with more (see).
Four pages, folio size, some period notations in ads & margins, very nice condition.

Category: British

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