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Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown...



Item # 673234 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1781  Certainly the most historic report in this issue--and perhaps in any issue from the Revolutionary War--is that near the back of the issue under the "Historical Chronicle". It begins with an editorial comment: "Gen. Washington's letter to the President of Congress on the surrender of the British army under Lord Cornwallis is truly characteristic. The whole substance is comprised in the few words that follow: " and what follows is the historic letter datelined "York, Oct. 19, 1781"  which begins with the famous sentence: "I have the honour to inform Congress that the reduction of the British army under the command of Lord Cornwallis is most happily affected..." followed by further particulars on the event.
Shortly after this is a note from the House of Lords: "...expressed his sorrow for the loss we had recently sustained in the capture of Lord Cornwallis and his army & warmly complimented that noble & gallant commander as well for his bravery, spirit & good conduct as for his having surrendered on capitulation in a moment of great exigence & thereby prevented his army from becoming a sacrifice to the sword..." with a bit more.
There is additional reporting on the Revolutionary War, particularly the events in Georgia & the Carolinas, including a letter signed by Nath. Greene, as well as an article on waterspouts with: "...the ingenious speculations of Dr. B. Franklin of Philadelphia..." on this topic. Also present is the foldout plate showing waterspouts.
Complete in 52 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, great condition.

A very historic issue from the end of the Revolutionary War with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

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