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Item # 667888 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1779  This issue leads off with reports on the debates in Parliament, which include discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...the conduct of the army under the command of Gen. Howe; he seized the opportunity of painting in the blackest colours the ingratitude of the Americans; & concluded with exhorting the House to unanimity in prosecuting the war against them..." with other items as well.
Of significance is this historic: "Copy of the Treaty of Alliance, Eventual and Defensive, between his Most Christian Majesty Louis the Sixteenth, King of France and Navarre, and the Thirteen United States of America, concluded at Paris, Feb. 6, 1778." 
This is the entire text of the treaty of alliance signed in type: B. Franklin, Silas Deane & Arthur Lee, prefaced by a detailed testament by the King, signed in type: Louis. This alliance was an important factor in the war against England and had much to do with the Americans winning the Revolutionary War. Relating to the treaty, this issue also has "Silas Deane's Letter to the Citizens of America".
Under "Historical Chronicle" is news stating that: "Dr. Franklin is appointed by the Congress sole Minister Plenipotentiary to the court of France from the United States of America...". Also word that Col. Campbell and his troops arrived in Georgia and "...soon after their landing, they attacked and reduced the town of Savannah...", plus various details about the attack.
The one plate called for is present.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, some minor chipping at margins, nice condition.

A nice Revolutionary War era magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content beyond the war reports noted below. This was the very first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731.

Category: British

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