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Creating the American army to fight the British... The King acknowledges America is at war...
Item # 645306
September 7, 1775
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 7, 1775 The front page has "Advices From America" with a dateline of "Philadelphia, July 26, 1775, In Congress, July 18, 1775" which begins with a call to arms and nothing less than the creation of the colonial army: "Resolved, That it be recommended to the inhabitants of all the united English colonies in North America, that all able-bodied effective men, between 16 and 50 years of age in each colony, immediately form themselves into regular companies of militia...That each soldier be furnished with a good musket that will carry an ounce ball; with a bayonet, steel ramrod, worm, priming wire...a cutting sword or tomahawk...That one fourth of the militia in every colony be selected for minute-men, of such persons as are willing to enter into this necessary service...to be ready on the shortest notice to march to any place where their assistance may be required...and as these minute-men may eventually be called to action before the whole body of the militia..." with much, much more concerning the establishment of the colonial militia, which concludes on page 2. A terrific document from the Continental Congress on forming the army that would eventually win the Revolutionary War.
What follows on page 2 is further reporting from the Boston area on various skirmishes at Roxbury, Noodle Island & elsewhere with some eye-witness accounts (see) taking two-thirds of the page, ending with: "A Virginia paper...says Capt. Morgan & Stinson marched from our frontiers for Boston...with 200 rifle men which were desired by General Washington."
The back page has much on the war including a very significant albeit small & inconspicuous statement, essentially reporting that the American colonies are at war with England, reading: "On Monday his Majesty's proclamation, declaring the Americans now in arms and all their aiders and abettors rebels, was read by the Sheriffs in various parts of York." (see)
This is followed by a: "...Letter from a Gentleman in North America..." reflecting upon the situation with England, including: "...The colonies already consider the Congress at Philadelphia as a more august body than the British Parliament..." (see). There is also a letter to the King from the people of Dublin, begins: "We see the horrors and calamities of civil war raging in America, the hands of fellow subjects imbued in the blood of each other..." with further words in hopes of coming to peace with the colonies (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, lite rubbing & foxing to the front page, otherwise is in very good condition.