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Reporting on the capture of Quebec...



Item # 644421

October 23, 1759

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 23, 1759  Page 6 has a letter from Quebec has some information on its conquest including: "Were I to describe, in military phrases, the strength, situation, number, and, upon this occasion, uncommon bravery of the enemy...you would not be a little surprized at our undertaking, which I believe to have been by the sole direction of Providence...Our loss hath been inconsiderable, separate from our dear, courageous yet mild, Wolfe, whose fall added revenge to intrepidity...when these took to their broad swords, my God! what a havock they made! they drove every thing before them...I cannot say what we shall next do, but we seem to put this place in a proper state of defence...for the particulars of the engagement, surrender of the town, and loss on both sides, I refer you to the packets by express, which I have no doubt will be joyful news in England."
A brief item notes: "There is no foundation for the account of the death of Gen. Monckton, he being in a fair way of recovery when the last letters came away."
Perhaps the best report begins: "The great & glorious piece of news of our taking Quebec, the capital  city of Canada, and of all the French settlements in North America...has given the greatest pleasure & satisfaction here to all ranks & degrees of people...we received a confirmation by authority of this noble & valuable conquest..." with more on the celebration of this historic report (see).
Eight pages, 8 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

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

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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