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Surprised when dining on turtle...



Item # 636757

October 23, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 23, 1781  A page 2 report gives some hints of the events soon to come at Yorktown, with: "We hear that M. de Grasse has entered the Bay of chesapeak & landed 3600 men under the command of M. de St.Simon. These troops are to join those of M. de la Fayette to oblige, if possible, the English to evacuate Georgia...". Further on is a report from the prison ship "Jersey" at New York, noting: "...a number of British officers, to the amount of 40, went out upon a party of pleasure about 15 miles from Charleston...to dine upon turtle, elegantly provided for them: No sooner had they entered the house & being all seated round the table, when, to their astonishment, a number of Continentals surrounded the house, killed most of the guard & made the officers prisoners; after refreshing themselves from the turtles, made the best of their way off with the officers."
A few other small items with reference to America. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, a bit of light foxing, very nice condition.

Category: British

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