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Two opinions on how peace should be negotiated... Building a navy...

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August 03, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 3, 1782 

* Ending the Revolutionary War ? peace ?

All of the front page & part of page 2 are taken up with: "Letters From an American Farmer Describing Certain Provincial Situations, Manners, and Customers not General Known..." which offers some interesting thoughts on the culture of the Americans at that time.
Pg. 3 includes: "The difference of political opinion between Earl Shelburne & Mr. Fox was simply this: the latter wanted to declare...the immediate & unqualified independence of America & then meanly to throw ourselves on American gratitude for a subsequent peace. On the other hand, the noble Earl conceived that if the declaration of such independence was unavoidable it should at least be the consequence of a pacific negotiation from which some advantages might be derived by this oppressed country...".
The back page has: "Advice is received from Boston that two vessels are just launched there, one called the Intrepid, pierced for 60 guns, the other the Resolution, pierced for 64 guns; and that the keels of two more ships are laid, one to carry 70 and the other 74 guns; and that frigates are building in every port belonging to the Americans."
Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War