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Terrific account of the Bon Homme Richard vs. the Serapis: John Paul Jones' historic victory...
Item # 659218
October 14, 1779
THE LONDON EVENING POST, England, Oct. 14, 1779 Certainly the prime and most historic content in this issue is the terrific page 1 and 2 report concerning the famous naval battle of the Bonhomme Richard vs. the Serapis "starring" John Paul Jones.
The report is primarily a lengthy & very detailed letter--taking over one-quarter of the front page & concluding on page 2--signed in type by R. Pearson, captain of the British ship Serapis, with considerable detail on the battle. Included also is a letter from T. Piercy, commander of the hired British ship Countess of Scarborough which has additional details of the naval battle.
This is a first-hand account of arguably the most famous naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Great to have in a period newspaper from London as the battle was fought off the coast of Flamborough Head, just 200 miles north of London.
The back page begins with a poem: "Paul Jones: A Song", and further on is a report concerning Generals Prevost and Lincoln in Georgia and South Carolina.
Also on page 4 is a report beginning: "Since the burning of the towns of Fairfield and Norwalk in Connecticut, the people of New England are exasperated to the highest degree..." with more. Then some commentary beginning: "The unhappy country now feels severely, the foretold effects of our mad American War..." with more.
Four pages, folio size, never-trimmed margins, red tax stamp on page 3, very nice condition.