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From shortly before Cornwallis would surrender at Yorktown... Benedict Arnold loots & burns New London...

Item # 658620

September 11, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Sept. 11, 1781  The ftpg. has  letter signed  by: George Germain, followed by a response to the:  "Commissioners for Restoring Peace" which begins: "All propositions from Great Britain for a restitution of peace, from Lord North's conciliatory plan to the above extraordinary declaration, have been a series of treacherous arts & designed ambiguity...".
Page 2 has some news received from: "Major Andrew Brown, having in a surprizing manner made his escape from prison in New York...." including: "That the troop & inhabitants of New York expect every moment to be attacked by General Washington---That the inhabitants of Long Island, Staten Island, etc. are every man obliged to do military duty...When Major Brown came away, there were upwards of 700 prisoners on board the Jersey prison ship...". Another items mentions: "I congratulate you upon the great prospects which present themselves in our latitude. You will know, ere this reaches you, that the Count de Grass with 26 sail of the line & 7000 troops are on our borders...".
More fine content on page 3 with a letter from an officer at New London, Ct., including: "...received advise that the enemy were landing at New London Harbor's mouth--I immediately ordered the regiment under my command to march to New London for its defence...The enemy were under the command of the infamous General Arnold...they have burnt the greatest part of the towns of New London and Groton...The garrison at Fort Trumbull evacuated the fort & went over to Fort Griswold..." with more on events there. Plus there is an additional letter from Fort Griswold at Groton concerning the battles there.
Page 3 has a list of the British ships in American waters. This is followed by an: "Extract of a Letter from Virginia dated Yorktown" which is where Cornwallis would soon surrender (one line close-trimmed here; see).
Four pages, ornate lettering in the masthead, a bit of foxing, nice condition.

Category: American

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