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Wishful thinking on the fate of Cornwallis at Yorktown...



Item # 658840

January 29, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 29, 1782  The front page is mostly taken up with: "An Ordinance Ascertaining What Captures on Water Shall be Lawful". This lengthy text carries over to take close to half of page 2 & is signed in type by: John Hanson, President of Congress.
Page 3 has some optimistic hopes from London including: "Though the croakers of politics be busily employed in prophesying the capture of Cornwallis's army, yet ministry have the most sanguine hopes respecting his situation. The boasted blockade off the Chesapeak by de Grasse is talked of at St. James's...The station chosen by Lord Cornwallis...is almost as strong as either Clinton's or Washington's; provided he has provisions & ammunition, of which there is little doubt...If our fleet should be able to enter the Chesapeake then there will be little reason to entertain fears for the brave Cornwallis; we shall be able not only to land the troops that may be sent to reinforce his Lordship's army, but also to cut off the communication between the Marquis de la Fayette's army and the main force of  the continent...".
Another item notes: "Lord Dunmore took artillery & stores...over with him to Virginia. It is to be feared this stock will fall into the hands of the enemy, if Lord Cornwallis should not be able to keep his post against the united force of Wayne and the French troops under the Marquis de la Fayette."
Four pages, some wear at the margins, several archival mends near the margins, scattered foxing, generally good.

Category: American

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