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Surrender of Ticonderoga... Washington's Manifesto...



Item # 640142 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Sept., 1777  Over 2 1/2 pages are taken up with: "Letter from Gen. Washington to Gen. Sir William Howe" from Middlebrook, June 10, 1777, signed by him in type: Geo. Washington. This is followed by another letter from Washington to Howe, which begins: "The fortune of war having thrown Major-General Prescot in our hands, I beg leave to propose his exchange for Major-General Lee..." signed in type: G. Washington.
Further on is: "Letters from Gen. Washington to the Congress on the Removal of the King's Troops from the Jerseys" is actually several letters, one of which begins: "I have the honour & pleasure to inform you that the enemy evacuated Brunswick this morning & retired to Amboy, burning many houses as they went." Another letter begins: "On Thursday morning Gen. Howe advanced with his whole army in several columns from Amboy as far as Westfield..." (see).
Of historical significance is: "Gen. Schuyler's Letter to Gen. Washington giving an Account of the Surrender of Ticonderoga" datelined Saratoga, July 7, the day after the battle (see). Also: "General St. Clair to Congress" with even more detail on the surrender of Ticonderoga, he being the commanding officer, signed: Ar. St. Clair. This is followed by a letter from Burgoyne from Fort Edward taking over half a page & signed: J. Burgoyne.
Of great significance is: "Copy of a Manifest of General Washington...to General Burgoyne's Proclamation" [see August issue for Burgoyne's Proclamation] in which Burgoyne extols his intentions in America as he advances south through the Hudson valley from Canada to New York City. Washington's response--printed in this issue--extols the American cause, beginning: "The associated armies of America act from the noblest motives, and for the purest purposes. Their common object is liberty..." (see). It is signed in type: George Washington.
Further on is a letter from Captain Pearson from Quebec which includes: "By the last accounts from General Burgoyne's army...they were encamped at & near Fort Edward; which place the rebel army...then retired towards Saratoga. General Arnold has lately joined & now commands their northern army...General Burgoyne...all well & in great spirits, proposed marching on the 5th to attack them."
Includes two plates, one of which is not called for in this issue but does have a related article.
Complete in 54 pages, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches with wide untrimmed margins, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, great condition.

A very nice Revolutionary War era magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Item from Catalog 277 (released for December, 2018)...

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