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Jailed for support of the Americans... No independence for America...



Item # 658849

April 09, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, April 9, 1782 

* Rare Revolutionary War publication

Page 2 includes: "The enemy in New York are busy in prosecuting their canal...They are also erecting a line of works on Long Island...His Excellency GENERAL WASHINGTON and his Lady arrived last Monday at Head Quarters, New-Burg, in good health."
Page 3 has a report of a London printer going to jail for his criticism about the war in America, with his defense. The lengthy report ends with his comments: "...I have served the public fourteen years faithfully and disinterestedly. Seven years of which I laboured in defending and asserting the rights of my countrymen and fellow citizens! And the last seven years in decrying and exposing the wickedness and folly of the ACCURSED AMERICAN WAR! I now sit down an oppressed and distressed man! And though without a shilling in my pocket, with a wife and 7 children, I go to prison...".
Another report mentions in part: "...We have reason to believe that the approaching campaign will be a very vigorous one, and even more brilliant than the last. There is no talk of peace since England obstinately refuses to consent to the independence of America...".
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: American