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John Paul Jones is applauded at the opera...



Item # 611547

May 16, 1780

EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, May 16, 1780 

* American Revolutionary War
* John Paul Jones at the opera


The front age has: "America" with news from the New York Gazette including: "...the present government of the Province of Connecticut have refused their consent to the requisition made by the Continental Congress...for raising & paying into the rebel treasury...The same disposition prevails in the province of Maryland...we are informed that the enemies of Major General Benedict Arnold, after having prosecuted that gentlemen at a court martial..." with more. Page 2 includes: "Expectation still continues on ti-toe respecting Charles-Town...Should the British general succeed, it will be the severest blow the Americans have yet suffered & will require the most vigorous exertions on the part of our enemies to repair the hurt & loss of confidence...On the other hand, should Sir Henry Clinton miscarry, we may fairly bid adieu then to all further prospect of recovering our possessions in America..." with more.
Page 2 also has a very interesting, personal item from Paris noting: "An American officer was...at the opera with Dr. Franklin's grandsons in one of the front boxes: the pit did not seem to take any notice of him: but between the acts the name of Paul Jones being whispered from mouth to mouth, a loud clap instantly ensured. The officer, to whom the compliment was addressed, could not mistake the object of it: he therefore rose & thanked the audience several different times; it was in reality Commodore Paul Jones that the pit and boxes received in so distinguished a manner...The plaudits followed him till he got into his carriage." (see)
Several additional war-related reports follow (see photos).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, minor loss to an upper corner of the front leaf, full red tax stamp on  the back page, nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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