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British still hopeful even after Cornwallis' surrender...
Item # 644437
February 14, 1782
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Feb. 14, 1782
* Post Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown
* Closing events of the Revolutionary War
An article on pgs. 1 & 2 reports some changes in position with the British leaders including the resignation of George Germaine as secretary of state, and that: "...Lord Cornwallis, who, it is said, is immediately after that event had taken place to return to America with more extensive powers..." with more (see).
The back page has a letter from New York beginning: "Lord Cornwallis's disaster has indeed deranged our affairs much; but this was done by the French. The rebellion is still languid & the Kin's friends in America are as numerous as ever ir not more so...we are informed that the French are indefatigable in fortifying themselves at York Town, in Virginia..." & more.
Page 3 has a quite unusual print on page 2, prefaced with a bit of text headed: "TO PREVENT MAIL ROBBERIES" and with the text reading: "It is recommended to all persons, at present uninformed, who may have occasion to send BANK NOTES by the post, to cut them in two parts, according to the following specimen where it is marked with a blank line, and send them by different posts, first writing the name, date, and year at the end of the note & the letter and number at the other end. By this means each part will contain a sufficient specification of the whole & prevent any kind of difficulty in the payment of it at the Bank of England to the right owner, in case of the loss of the other part." An interesting way to prevent theft of money through the mail!
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, nice condition.