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Independence recognized & not recognized... Washington too strong to attack... Ethan Allen...

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June 9, 1778

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 9, 1778   Page 6 has war related content (1 1/2 columns) which includes an extract from a letter to a gentleman in Williamsburgh which mentions that the governor has received correspondence indicating that Spain, Portugal, Prussia, and France were united in declaring the independence of America (see). 
Additional reports mention conciliatory bills from the King to be published in New York newspapers which includes in part:  "His majesty having seen with great concern the calamitous consequences of the dispute with the colonies... and willing to hope that even those who have been most forward in bringing... misfortunes... are convinced of the fatal tendency of their conduct, and would gladly return to their allegiance, if they were not withheld apprehensions that advantage would be taken of their submission, to pursue measures... to impose upon the Colonies intolerable burdens and restraints.", followed by terms which provide confidence that no such measures would be taken. It is further mentioned that: "if the terms now offered are madly rejected, their country will exhibit a scene of unexampled carnage and detestation."
The back page includes an item noting: "...letters from New York say that the King's officers at Philadelphia have reconnoitred General Washington's situation over & over again, & have found him in so strong a position, & with a large army, that they have repeatedly said, it would be the height of imprudence to attack him in his camp." (see).
Eight pgs., 8 1/2 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

Category: British

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