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Benedict Arnold is injured in his attempt to take Quebec... Lord North's punishment for America...
Item # 617655
February 17, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 1776 The front page has a curious item: "Capt. Powlet of the 59th regiment, has lost one of his legs by the cannonading of the Provincials as he sat at his breakfast." Beginning on the front page is reporting from the House of Commons, carrying over to pg. 2 where there is discussion of the situation in America, including: "...that at this rate the Americans might always reduce us to unreasonable terms by the supposed impossibility of reducing them by force..." and further on: "...Lord North made a motion...a bill to cut off all intercourse between Great Britain & the colonies of America now in actual rebellion, so long as they shall continue in rebellion & to repeal the Boston Port-Bill, the Fishery Bills, and another bill passed last sessions against the Americans...".
Page 3 has an: "Extract of a Letter from Colonel (now Brigadier General) Arnold, dated Camp before Quebec, January 6, 1776" in which he reports on his failed attempt to take Quebec. It begins: "Before this reaches you, I make no doubt you will have heard of our misfortune of the 31st ult. and will be anxious for my safety...The command of the army, by the death of my truly great & good friend Gen. Montgomery, devolved on me, a task I find too heavy under my present circumstances. I received a wound by a ball through my left let at the time I had gained the first battery...which by the loss of blood rendered me very weak..." and more on the details of his injury and the battle (see). This injury would plague him the remainder of his life. This is followed by another letter from him. This is then followed by reports from Philadelphia on the funeral ceremonies for General Montgomery (see).
Four pages damp staining at the bottom, some foxing, royal coat-of-arms in the masthead, numeric notations next to ads (this was the editor's copy), generally nice.