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December 14, 1779

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 14, 1779  The back page has a letter from New York to a friend in Savannah, Georgia, which includes in part: "...Here, with a body of 12,000 men, we do--nothing! The rebels are the only active people here; they lately, by a...well conducted plan, surprised Stoney Point fort...with about 600 men in it & commanded by Col. Johnston...about 40 were killed, the rest were taken...on the approach of General Clinton's army, abandoned it. Last night they surprised Paules Hook...Such are the blessed effects of the tree years campaigns under the Howes...Yet we do nothing!..." with more (see).
This is followed by a letter from New York which includes: "The French fleet having appeared off Georgia has put us in alarm...We have been fortifying all around on Long Island, Staten Island, governor's Island, Sandy Hook, etc...Stoney Point and Verplanks Point, after great parade, and much expense, are given up. Rhode Island was ordered to be evacuated..." and more (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, very nice, clean condition.

Category: British