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Item # 648710 GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1756  This issue begins with a nearly 3 page article: "An Account of the Siege & Capture of Port Mahon" on the island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean. During the Seven Years' War in Europe, of which the French & Indian War was an extension in North America, Spain regained the island from Great Britain in 1756 after the Battle of Minorca. British resistance persisted at Port Mahon, but the garrison was forced to capitulate under honourable terms, including free passage back to Britain, on June 29 of that same year. Thanks to the Treaty of Paris in 1763, however, the British returned to the island again following Britain's victory in the Seven Years War.
Another article has the: "Articles of Capitulation Proposed by Lieut. General Blakeney...in the Island of Minorca" which has the full text of the treaty.
Near the back is the Historical Chronicle with the latest news reports of the day and which includes a lengthy letter from Philadelphia that reports that many provincial troops have assembled for the attack at Crown Point at Albany. There is also word that British troops “...with three independent companies, and the Jersey provincials, are destined for the campaign on...lake Ontario, and mostly marched for Oswego, thence to be carried over in 200 whale-boats....They are to attack Fort Frontenec...”. The letter continues stating: “In this province 1500 men are new raised....400 of them are going to build a good fort at Shamokin, up the Susquehanna in the Allegeny mountains...” and much more.
Lacking the map and plate of Lieut. General Blakeney called for, otherwise complete in 48 pages, has a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John’s Gate, measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

A very nice magazine from the French & Indian War with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's