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Washington's letter to Congress on the Newburgh Conspiracy...



Item # 622368

July 26, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 26, 1783 

* Newburgh Conspiracy re. military payment
* General George Washington


Over half of the front page is taken up with a notable letter from George Washington to Congress, dated at his Newburgh, New York, headquarters, dated March 18. This letter is concerning the Newburgh Conspiracy, in which the military officers were to meet concerning actions relating to the anger that Congress had not provided back pay promised, and other issues. Washington had what was described as an emotional meeting with the officers on March 15 appealing to their faith in Congress, and in this letter to the Continental Congress dated March 18, Washington wrote to assure the body that the unrest of officers was over, beginning his letter with: “The result of the proceedings of the grand convention of the officers, which I have the honor of enclosing to your Excellency for the inspection of Congress, will, I flatter myself, be considered as the last glorious proof of patriotism which could have been given by men who aspired to the distinction of a Patriot army; and will not only confirm their claim to the justice, but will increase their title to the gratitude of their country...” It is signed by him in type: George Washington.
Actually prefacing this letter is a nice report taken from the Journal of the United States Congress of March 22, in which the details of how the trouble was resolved are discussed. It notse in part: "...Therefore resolved, that such officers as are now in service & shall continue therein to the end of the war, shall be entitled to receive the amount of five years full pay in money..." with much more. This takes over a full column.
Other war-related content on page 2 but it pales in comparison to the great front page content. Terrific to have this notable reporting on the front page, and also that it takes almost the entirely of the front page as well.
Complete in 8 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

Category: British

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