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Ethan Allen & the Green Mountain Boys...



Item # 644392
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1781 The first article is a "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" which takes 6 pages and includes discussions on the Revolutionary War. One first page item notes: "...That it was now no question about independency and allegiance: Great Britain could not at this instant of time give independence to America, nor could America restore herself to Great Britain..." and further inside has: "...that all attempts to subdue America were so many fruitless prostitutions of blood & treasure, for that the matter was altogether impracticable..." with even more.
In the "Historical Chronicle" section is a report mentioning the famous Green Mountain Boys as well as Ethan Allen, the leader of this regiment. The report reads in part: "...Letters...from America import, that Ethan Allen, formerly a rebel colonel...has marched off with six hundred of the Green-mountain boys, as they style themselves, and joined Major Carlton at Ticonderoga..". Reports mentioning Ethan Allen are not that uncommon but it is rare to find references to the Green Mountain Boys. Nice to have both in the same report. 
Other Revolutionary War reports in this issue as well including portions reading: "...confirmation of the revolt of the Pennsylvania line from General Washington's army with his Excellency Gen. Clinton's proposals to them..." and "The corps ordered to be in readiness passed over to Staten Island the 5th where they were cantoned in readiness to move..." and "...revolted troops still remained at Trenton & were entrenching themselves there...The number of the Pennsylvania troops is said to be about 1300; and the grievances they complain of are that they had not received either pay, clothing or provisions." with more. Also: "...an account of the defeat of the rebel Gen. Sumpter who, having passed the Broad River & joined Branan, Clarke, etc. had increased his corps to one thousand men...Lt. Col. Tarleton would have surprized him on the south of Ennorce had not a deserter given notice of his march..." and much more (see).
None of the plates called for are present.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 1/2 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate very nice condition.

A 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.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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