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Early report on the battle of Lexington & Concord...



Item # 673239
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1775  The first five pages contain a nice account of Parliamentary discussion concerning the troubles in America, headed: "Governor Johnson's Speech on the Motion for an Address to His Majesty Respecting the Situation of Affairs in America..." continued from a previous issue. Terrific reading.
Another fine article takes 3 pages & is headed: "Account of the Proceedings of the American Colonists Since the Passing the Boston Port Bill" continued from a previous issue.
But certainly the prime content is the terrific report under the "Historical Chronicle" section near the back which gives a fine and very early account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord. The article is prefaced: "...containing the particulars of an affair that happened on the 19th between a detachment from Gen. Gage's army & the provincial militia..." followed by the account which begins: "Gen. Gage having heard that the insurgents were drawing some cannon a few miles from Boston, he dispatched an officer with some troops to demand them to be delivered up, which the insurgents refused to comply with...the troops fired on them & killed about 60..." with further particulars of the battle. This article takes about half a column.
This issue also includes both full page plates called for, one headed: "A Phenomenon of the Sun As it Appear'd on Thursday April 27th, 1775 at Bexley, Kent..."  & the other is a group of curiosities.
Complete in 48 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice condition.

Category: American