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Attempts to engage Washington in a battle...



Item # 643340

August 29, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 29, 1780  Page 2 has over a full column of Revolutionary War reporting, portions including: "...General Clinton was at New York but went occasionally to visit the army which was encamped at Phillipsburgh...Kuyphausen was returned from his expedition in the Jerseys after having had a few skirmishes with the advanced posts of Washington's army which lay encamped at Morristown...Ternay was arrived at Rhode Island with 7 sail of the line...all hands at New York in high spirits in expectation of Adm. Graves's arrival. When Gen. Clinton returned to New York, Gen. Knyphausen was gone with an intent to bring on an action with Gen. Washington at Elizabeth Town where he had an army of 4000 Continental regulars...but Gen. Washington's hearing of Gen. Clinton's return...moved suddenly off with the Continental troops & left the militia to bear the brunt of the action..." with much more (see photos).
Near the back is a letter to the citizens of New York signed by: James Pattison, as well as a letter to Pattison signed by: H. Clinton, which includes: "...thanks for your great attention to the good discipline of the garrison & the safety & welfare of the city of New York during my absence on expedition..." with more. Also some text re. Charleston, Cornwallis, & other war-related events.
The bkpg. has even more war content, including: "...General Knyphausen in his excursion from New York lost in the different skirmishes near 400 men, 180 of which were killed in attempting to storm an advanced party of the American army in the woods near Morristown...account of Sir Henry's several times reconnoitring Washington's lines...they are so strong & judiciously formed that unless he alters his position it would be hazardous to attack them. He has tried several manoeuvres to draw Washington out..." with more.
Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/4 inches, very nice, clean condition.

Item from Catalog 264 (released for November, 2017)...

Category: British

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