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The situation in New York & Boston... After the Battle of Long Island...

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September 14, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Sept. 14, 1776 

* Rare Revolutionary War era title
* Tory issue from Pennsylvania

* Great year to have (1776)

This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.
Pages 1 & 4 contains a very detailed letter: "...from New York, April 12, 1776" in which the writer comments on the situation there at the time, including: "...When you are informed that New York is deserted by its old inhabitants & filled with soldiers from New England, Philadelphia, Jerseys, etc. you will naturally conclude the environs of it are not very safe from so undisciplined a multitude as our Provincials are represented to be...have all the simplicity of ploughmen in their manners, & seem quite strangers to the vices of older soldiers..." with much more. At its conclusion on pg. 4 is mention that: "...O Lucifer, once the son of the Morn, how fallen! General Washington is expected hourly; General Putnam is here...Our troops took prisoners...Boston is left by the...ministerial troops, with great precipitation did they quit it, & to their credit left the town in a much better condition than was expected...the Bostonians entered their town again, tho we New Yorkers have been in feat ever since of their coming here..." with much more.
All of pg. 2 & a bit of pg. 3 are taken up with: "The Proposed Plan or Frame of Government for the Commonwealth or State of Pennsylvania" concluded in the next issue.
Page 3 has a letter from New York noting in part: "Since the retreat of our army from Long Island, the enemy have extended themselves a considerable length on the shore bordering the sound...large number of them landed on Blackwell's Island...shot from our batteries soon made them recross the river..." with much more on the battles there (see). Included is: "A list of the names of such officers as are prisoners with the enemy...". There is also another: "List of the names of such officers of the 3 Penna. Battalions as are prisoners & missing  the 27th of August after the battle on Long-Island..." (see).
Four pages, bit of foxing, very nice condition.

Category: American

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