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Battle of Bunker Hill... Ethan Allen takes Ticonderoga...

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August 3, 1775

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 3, 1775  Page 2 has the printing of a great: "Proclamation" from Quebec signed in type by: Guy Carleton, reading in part: "Whereas a rebellion prevails in many of his Majesty's colonies in America...and whereas many of the said rebels have with an armed force made incursions of late into this province, attacking & carrying away from thence a party of his Majesty's troops...actually invading this province with arms in a traitorous & hostile manner...in open defiance of his laws & government...that the motives for so doing are to prevent the inhabitants of this province from being taxed & oppressed by government...tending to inflame the minds of the people & alienate them from his Majesty..." followed by declaring martial law in Quebec (see). This is followed by a letter: "...addressed to the merchants of Montreal, by Ethan Allen, who commanded the Provincials at the taking of Crown Point and Ticonderoga & who had the audacity to penetrate into the province of Quebec as far as St. John's..." which includes near the beginning: "I have the pleasure to acquaint you that Lake George & Champlain...are now in possession of the colonies..." with more (see), and signed (erroneously in this report) "John Allen". Note: the "Scots Magazine" printing of this same letter is signed "Ethan Allen" so it was this printer's error in using "John".
Page 2 also has a letter from an officer in Boston talking about the Battle of Bunker Hill, including: "...you, no doubt, will have Gen. Gage's account of the defeat of the rebels...The enemy had begun a battery in order, if possible, to set fire to this town...It was my lot to be stationed here. We had a distinct view from hence of the engagement; it was short, but severe, they were soon forced out of their intrenchments..." with more detail (see).
Plus, the back page has a nice report of the Battle of Bunker  Hill, including reference to Lexington & Concord, in a "...letter from an Officer, dated from the Camp at Boston, June 20, to his Father near York" which includes in part: "Since the 19th of April we have been entirely blocked up, not a soul being suffered to come in or go out of Boston...On the 17th instant we discovered a work the Rebels had thrown up on the heights of Charles town...Our battery at the north end was opened & played upon them...Their shot did us no hurt as they all fell short. About noon the grenadiers & light infantry...were embarked...We killed an amazing number of them in the works & as they ran away. This was reckoned as hot a battle as has been these several years..." with a bit more, and note is made: "Another letter from Boston, after giving an account of the action on the 17th of June, concludes thus: 'Our loss in killed wounded is not far short of 1800 men..." with more (see images). This is followed by a report from North Carolina.
A very nice issue with some terrific content. Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/4 inches, there are some small rubbing holes to the middle of the first leaf which cause some word loss to the prefatory note to Ethan Allen's letter (see images) but otherwise the issue in very nice condition.

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