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June 17, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, June 17, 1779 

* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication

A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 14.
The entire front page and over half of the back page are taken up with & lengthy & detailed letter: "To the Inhabitants of the United States of America" signed in type: John Jay, as President of the Continental Congress. It begins: "The present situation of public affairs demands your most serious attention, and particularly the great & increasing depreciation of your currency...America, without arms, ammunition, discipline, revenue, government, or alley...to engage a gigantic adversary prepared at all pints, boasting of his strength...For defraying the expences of this uncommon war, your representatives in Congress were obliged to emit paper money..." with much, much more. This document was written by John Dickinson.
There are additional reports on page 2 which express some concerning about the continental currency. Then a report: "...from South Carolina inform that the British army had entered that  state with intent...to get possession of Charlestown [Charleston] & that Court Polaski has had a smart skirmish...inhabitants of Charleston are in high spirit, have plenty of provisions, are strongly fortified...".
Then a report signed by Tho. Bee which is prefaced by a rare note from Williamsburg signed in type: P. Henry. Lt. Governor Bee's letter begins: "The enemy having crossed from Georgia into this state, and by a rapid movement got between General Lincoln and Charleston..." with more.
There are additional war reports on page 2 too lengthy to note here but which can be seen in the photos.
And the fine content continues on page 3 with one report noting in part: "...have advanced on the east side within about two miles of Peek's  Kill and are cutting  timber for  block-houses. General Washington, with his army on the west, and the troops on the east side of the river, are so posted and the garrison at West Point being well provided for defence we have reason to hope a favourable issue if the enemy should make an attempt to force the posts in the Highlands."
Then a letter from Fishkill includes: "...the reduction of our garrison at West Point is absolutely necessary accordingly his Excellency the renowned Gen. Sir Henry Clinton set out lately from New York..." with more detail on events near King's Ferry and West Point (see).
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, great condition.

Category: American