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Washington at the Battle of Princeton... Trial & execution of 'John the Painter'...
Item # 660002
March 1, 1777
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, March, 1777 The prime content would be the nice, nearly full page letter signed in type by: W. Howe, recounting the details of the Battle of Princeton, in which Washington was successful over the British. Included is a list of the killed, wounded & missing.
This is followed by a letter from Governor Tryon of New York, and then another letter from General Howe to Lord G. Germaine.
More fine war reporting carries over to the back page with yet another letter from Gov. Tryon to Germain with some fine reporting (see photos). One bit notes: "That the Congress after declaring Gen. Washington dictator of the American states for six months, had withdrawn to Baltimore...".
The issue begins with an interesting 5 page article: "A Summary Account of the Life, Trial and Confession of John the Painter...alias James Aitken, tried at Winchester...for setting fire to the Rope House in Portsmouth Dock Yard...and who was Executed March 10, 1777."
Included is an uncommon full page plate of: "James Aitken, Alias, John the Painter".
James Aitken, during the early months of the American revolution, wreaked havoc in England by performing acts of terror on behalf of America.
Both plates called for are present.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, great condition.
Formatted very much like the Gentleman's Magazine but a much more scarce title. The title/contents page features a great engraving of the skyline of London.