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Criticizing the King's speech... Independence is not to be granted...



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March 12, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, March 12, 1782 

* George III of the United Kingdom
* American independence in question


A full column on the ftpg. & a full column on page 2 are taken up with: "Common Sense on the King of England's Speech" in which the king stubbornly refuses to admit defeat with the situation in America.
This commentary provides some great content criticizing the king, one bit noting: "Altho' the situation of America, superior to every effort to enslave her....her fancy to see the speech of a man who had proudly threatened to bring her to his feet, was visibly marked with that tranquil confidence which cared nothing about its contents. It was inquired after with a smile, read with a laugh, and dismissed with disdain..." and so much more.
Page 2 has "Debates in the House of Lords on his Majesty's Speech" which begins: "Lord Southampton lamented the loss e had lately sustained in the capture of Lord Cornwallis and his army...".
Page 3 has a report of a naval engagement in the Caribbean, as well as a report from a Loyalist newspaper which fails to give up: "We can assure our readers that the present determination of the Cabinet is, not to consent to American Independence; and that a considerable additional force is to be sent to America early in the spring."
Four pages, a few small archival mends at margins, very nice condition.

Category: American