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Mention of "Common Sense"...

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August 29, 1776

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 29, 1776 

* Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

The entire front page & nearly half of pg. 2 are taken up with a continued: "Retrospective view of Affairs in the Colonies" which begins: "General Gage thought it necessary for the safety of the troops, as well as to secure the important post & town of Boston, to fortify the neck of land..." with much more. Some great reading here (see) with mention of Hancock and much on events in the Boston area. Great to have so much war-related content on the front page of a newspaper.
Page 2 has a nice letter from Charleston, South Carolina concerning a naval engagement, including: "...I was in a shocking condition in an engagement with the rebels. I shall now send you a true account just as it was..." and what follows is the report (see). Over three-quarters of a page is taken up with a detailed article: "Characters--Lord George Germaine", a British soldier & politician who was Secretary of State for America during the Revolutionary War. 
Another page has some lengthy text concerning America, beginning: "A pamphlet has been circulated here under the title of "Common Sense" which was sent hither from America. It is written with great virulence against the English administration and its design is to stir up the colonists to assert their independency on the mother country. There are many false assertions in it..." with much more (see). Rare to find mention of Common Sense in a British newspaper.
The back page has some war-related content as well.  A very nice issue, eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, very nice condition.

Category: British

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