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Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga... Battle of Germantown...
Item # 597906
December 13, 1777
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Dec. 13, 1777
* Battles of Saratoga
* General John Burgoyne surrenders
* Battle of Germantown
Pages 1 and 2 have various reports concerning ships to and from America, and some reports of ship captures within a document signed in type by: Howe.
Page 3 has some reports concerning the Revolutionary War including items on Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga. Some items include: "We are informed, that notwithstanding the present unpromising aspect of our affairs in America, administration are determined to prosecute the war with greater vigour than ever for which purpose 25,000 additional troops are to be sent over in the spring...Letters from Philadelphia mention that Gen. Howe has employed the troops to form lines & redoubts from the Schuylkill to the Delaware in order to secure him against the attacks of the Provincials during the winter. Advice is said to be received from Philadelphia that our troops had made themselves masters of Mud Island on the river Delaware...The fall of Sir William Howe, circulated with so much industry through the cities of London and Westminster...proves to be another fib from the Budget of Sedition invented most probably by the incendiaries who reported the surrender of Ticonderoga...".
A bit further on is: "The account of the capitulation of General Burgoyne's army was brought to Quebec by some deserters from the Provincials who had entered into the King's service & whom General Burgoyne, when he found he must surrender, advised to quit his army & make the best of their way to Canada...". Also: "...that is is very remarkable how easily the public give credit to bad news, even upon vague reports of deserters; there is scarcely a an now in London who does not implicitly believe that General Burgoyne and his whole army have laid down their arms & surrendered to the provincials...perhaps had the intelligence from hearsay & perhaps were misinformed..." with more.
Also on page 3 is a letter from Philadelphia which includes: "...At the battle of Brandy-wine we had the most dreadful fire for one hour I ever saw. I heard nothing equal to it all last war in Germany. At last we gave the rebels the bayonet which soon dispersed them, and had it not been for the darkness of the night and our fatigue, they must have been totally routed. I was in this city when the rebels made their impudent attack on our army at Germantown. There was warm work. the greatest part of our army are encamped in the neighbourhood of this city & are now busy throwing up entrenchments...we expect a battle soon if the rebels will stand..." and more.
Eight pages, folio size, some period notations in ads & margins, very nice condition.