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December 31, 1778
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 31, 1778 Page 2 has a brief item noting: "Letters from Quebec mention...orders for repairing & augmenting the fortifications of that place & when completed it will be the strongest fortress in North America. Lord Cornwallis & Gen. Gray will set off for America in the first ships that go for that place."
Another page has a nearly full column letter to a member of Parliament noting in part: "...more than probable that they received some touches from the able pen of your worthy friend Dr. Franklin during your visit to him at Passy...Sir, the American rebellion was no unexpected event; it had been in embryo many years & had been foreseen by former ministers who shrunk from the impending shock...Can a real Patriot then not only concede to, but propose the independence of America whilst our greatest efforts remain unexerted?...In this glorious struggle I call upon my countrymen to unite for the salvation of their country, for certain conquest has ever followed unanimity in Britain." (see). The back page has a report headed: "America" with a Charleston dateline (see).
Eight pages, excellent condition.