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The Revolutionary War to end soon? Ben Franklin negotiating with the French...

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June 21, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 21, 1777  Page 2 has an item concerning the Revolutionary War in America, with text including: "...that the congress had sent to Gen. Howe some proposals for a reconciliation, but such as they knew would not be accepted. It was supposed to be done to gain time. Gen Howe was...preparing to go on a secret expedition not to Philadelphia as it was thought; that plan would not be attempted till he gets reinforcements from England." An inside page has "...advices received from New York mentioning that several men of war have sailed from thence to block up all the passages to Philadelphia by sea & to support the operations of the land forces against that place...an account of a battle fought between the King's troops & the rebels at Connecticut in which the latter are entirely defeated. A council has met upon this occasion since & at the same time on an offer of accommodation made on the part of the Philadelphians to Gen. Howe..." and "...account from Paris...that all the reports of an accommodation with America, through the mediation of Dr. Franklin, were fabricated by the  stockjobbers in Threadneedle Street...the Doctor been more active in keeping up a correspondence with the French merchants...by persons of undoubted veracity...we understand that there is the greatest reason to expect that an end will be put to the troubles there this campaign."
Also: "...it is said that Lord Cornwallis has had an engagement with a large party of the rebels near Morristown & obtained a complete victory."
A back page item says: "...above 200 of the common men voluntarily offered to go to America provided their officers would accompany them, to assist the regulars in bringing the rebels to their duty."  and: "...account of the several captures made by the English cruizers of the Carolina men, bound to this port..." and a bit more.
Complete in 8 pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, some heaving inking to the ftpg., nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War