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Much fine content on the Revolutionary War...



Item # 639481

April 5, 1781

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & THE UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 5, 1781 

* Rare Revolutionary War title from America

A nice feature of the masthead is a great engraving taken after one done earlier by Paul Revere, showing a patriot soldier with a sword in one hand and a scroll reading "Independence" in the other (see).
Most of the front page is taken up with  an Act by Massachusetts worded: "An Act for Preventing all Commerce & Illegal Correspondence with the Enemies of the United States of America". Page 2 has two more documents from Mass., each signed in type by the governor: John Hancock. Fully half of page 2 is taken up with a fine & detailed account of the Battle of Cape Henry, a naval battle between the French & British near the mouth of the Chesapeake (Google Wikipedia for more).
Revolutionary War news continues on page 3 including a bit noting: "...that 2000 British troops have lately arrived at Wilmington, on Cape Fear river, North Carolina, and a body of Hessians at Charlestown." Another item notes: "General Greene goes on swimmingly. He begins to cramp his lordship amazingly. The last accounts were, he (Cornwallis) was entrenching himself at Hillsborough, Greene's forces greatly superior to his. Marion has taken Camden..." with more great content, including: "...Our affairs to the southward now bears a more pleasing aspect. The Western inhabitants of Virginia, who so nobly distinguished themselves in their battle of King's Mountain and the Cowpens, have, to a man, turned out bringing with them their fellow settlers...Cornwallis, perceiving the formidable force collecting against him from Virginia, 'tis said, has attempted to retreat in his turn...In this situation the people here speak of the destruction of the British army under Lord Cornwallis as inevitable."
Additional pg. 3 content includes a report on the historic Battle of Guilford Court House (see).
Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine with other small archival mends near margins, close-trimmed at the back leaf margin effects only advertisements, three inked arrows inside effect no words, nice condition.

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