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Americans capture Toronto, instigating the capture & burning of Washington, D.C...



Item # 647741

May 15, 1813

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 15, 1813  Inside contains a very nice account headed: "Capture of York" [present-day Toronto] which was the capital of Upper Canada at the time. It was the burning of York by the Americans which  cussed the British to capture & burn Washington, D.C. Included is a dispatch signed: H. Dearborn which begins: "We are in full possession of this place after a sharp conflict, in which we lost some brave officers and soldiers...". Following this is another detailed letter signed: Henry Dearborn, then a dispatch signed: Isaac Chauncey, which mentions: "I have the satisfaction to inform you that the American flag is flying upon the fort at York. The town capitulated this afternoon at 4 o'clock." Another letter from Chauncey, and the: "Terms of Capitulation Entered into on the 27th April, 1813 for the Surrender of the Town of York, in Upper Canada...".
Sixteen pages, 6 by 9 1/2 inches, nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: War of 1812

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