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Washington involved in a plan to exchange prisoners...

Item # 687346

May 27, 1779


* American Revolutionary War
* General George Washington
* Exchange of prisoners talks

The front page begins with two detailed reward ads for deserted soldiers.
One-third of the front page and over one-third of page 2 are taken up with the: "Report of Commissioners for Settling a Cartel for the Exchange of prisoners" this being addressed: "To his Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esquire, General and Commander in Chief of all the Forces of the United States of America."
The report begins by introducing the British members of the commission, which includes Captain Andre, who would come to greater national attention in the following year. The report is quite detailed and is to be continued in a future issue.
Page 3 begins with a report from Fort Pitt concerning skirmishes with the Indians, with mention of Col. Clark. Also a report from Congress of the United State noting: "...citizens of these States who are in captivity at Niagara and its vicinity, for disaffected citizens who are desirous to join the enemy, Resolved, That the Commissioners of Indian Affairs...be authorized...that be the subject of the proposed exchanges, to negotiate & settle such exchange...". Page 3 also has a list of those: "Deserted" the 10th and 2nd Penna. Regiments.
Four pages, handsome and extremely ornate lettering in the masthead, archivally strengthened at the blank spine, very nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War