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Patrick Henry... Much more...



Item # 645293

July 6, 1775

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, July 6, 1775

* Revolutionary War original from the enemy
* Patrick Henry & much more


 An inside page has a proclamation issued by the Royal Governor of Virginia stating in part: "...I have been informed...that a certain Patrick Henry...of Hanover, and a number of deluded followers, have taken up arms...and put themselves in a posture of wars...in defiance of the law and government...particularly in extorting from his Majesty's Receiver General the sum of £330 under pretense of replacing the powder I thought proper to order from the magazine..." Another report on the same page mentions: "...advices from Philadelphia [say] that the Congress had resolved to separate the associated Provinces of the whole continent from Great Britain, and were debating whether they should have a Northern and Southern Republic, or unite them under one association..." An early and uncommon reference to Patrick Henry in the first report which is dated May 6, less than two months after he finished a speech with the famous passage, "Give Me Liberty or give me Death."
Another report from Virginia under the heading "America" notes: "At a meeting of the Committee of the county of Gloucester...Resolved, that we will not ship a single hogshead of tobacco to Great Britain until the determination of the Continental Congress respecting exportation be known." Another item notes: "...that the negroes in Norfolk....had formed a plan for an insurrection which was discovered before it was put in execution & some of the ringleaders hanged...". And a terrific letter from London includes: "We have already expressed to your Majesty our abhorrence of the tyrannical measures pursued against our fellow-subjects in America...a deep & perhaps fatal wound to commerce...and consequent increase of taxes, the alienation of the colonies & the blood of your Majesty's subjects...the worst of these apprehensions is now realized in all its horror: We have seen with equal dread & concern, a civil war commended in America...have nothing now to expect from America but gazettes of blood & mutual lists of their slaughtered fellow subjects..." with more.
As if all this content is not sufficient for one issue, the back page has more content relating to war events in Rhode Island and at Noodle Island.
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, scattered foxing, otherwise some rubbing to the front page, otherwise good.

Category: British

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