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John Jay's historic "Circular Letter from Congress...to Their Constituents"...
Item # 658768
October 7, 1779
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Oct. 7, 1779 A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.
All of page 2 is taken up with: "A Circular Letter from the Congress of the United States of America to Their Constituents". This notable report written by John Jay concerns the financial issues created by waging war with England without a central authority for raising revenue. The financial crisis mid-war was a major issue at the time. It carries over a bit to page 3 and this is continued in a future issue.
Page 3 has a report on Sir George Collier and his fleet, then a letter from Georgetown with some news, then a Resolve from Congress a promotion for Lt. Col. Talbot, then a report from Fishkill beginning: "Lt. Col. Tarlton, of the British legion, has lately made another fruitless attempt...to surprise Lt. Col. White's detachment, who having moved the troops...that night, prevented Col. Tarlton's men from exerting the bayonet..." with more detail.
A report mentions in part: "...arrival of Count d'Estaing with 20 sail of the line & ten frigates & 5000 land forces on the coast of Georgia & South Carolina. General Lincoln was in motion for co-operating with the Court...there was a prospect of capturing the enemy at Savannah and Beaufort..." with more.
The back page has various reports concerning the war, too much to note here but can be seen in the photos.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, two very tiny worm holes do not deter, very nice condition.