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British plan for conquering America... British soldiers complain... A price on Washington's head...
Item # 617631
November 11, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1775 Most of the front page is taken up with a lengthy document concerning the Pennamite-Yankee War, an intermittent conflict between settlers from Connecticut, who claimed the land along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River in the present Wyoming Valley, and settlers from Pennsylvania, who claimed the same lands (see hyperlink for more). This report carries over to the bkpg.
Page 2 has a fascinating letter from an officer of the British army stationed in Boston, in which he criticizes the British efforts in America. Bits include: "...even at that time irksome & disagreeable, but now is doubly so. The cause in which we are concerned is entirely obliterated...the people of the country have by various methods exasperated & enraged us, & to free ourselves from a situation so disagreeable & confined, there is not any thing we would not attempt. I confess, upon the grand basis of this business, we all unanimously acquit the Colonists & do every hour of the day pray Lord N___ to head us..." with more (see) Another item notes: "A great number of officers who are under orders to go out with the regiments destined for America, have desired leave to retire from the service." Further on is: "The plan proposed by government with respect to America is precisely this; the King's forces are to take Rhode Island, & as soon as the capture of that island is effected, the friends of administration throughout the colonies are to be invited thither..." with more on a plan to end the war.
War-related reports continue on pg. 3 with one item noting: "It is said that as soon as Parliament meets, a price will be set on the heads of the Generals Washington, Lee, and Putnam, in the rebel army."
Four pages, numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), light damp stain at the bottom, very nice condition.