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News of Cornwallis' surrender.. Cornwallis in peril....
Item # 656050
February 28, 1782
THE SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, Feb. 28, 1782 Certainly the most notable content in this issue are the items concerning the surrender of Cornwallis to General Washington at Yorktown, which includes a letter from Cornwallis to Sir Henry Clinton dated at Yorktown 4 days before his surrender which includes: "...the enemy carried my two advanced redoubts on the left by storm...My situation now becomes very critical. We dare not show a gun to their old batteries...in a bad position and with weakened numbers. The safety of the place is therefore so precarious I cannot recommend that the fleet & army should run any risque in endeavouring to save us..." signed in type: Cornwallis. Just above this report is a letter from Sir H. Clinton to George Germaine dated Oct. 19 which includes: "....when we had the mortification to hear that Lord Cornwallis had proposed terms of capitulation on the 17th...we cannot entertain the least doubt of his Lordship's having capitulated & that we are unfortunately too late to relieve him...".
There are other items relating to the Revolutionary War but they pale in comparison to the noted content.
Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, just a bit of loss at the spine not close to any text, very nice condition.