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End of war reports... Proclamation signed by John Hanson, the first President?

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November 05, 1782


* Revolutionary War ending events
* John Hanson - 1st American president ?

Page 2 has a lengthy letter which is reflective of the American-British relationship in the past. A few bits include: "...they have not duly considered the solid reasons and unanswerable arguments of the worthy, upright period, JOHN DICKINSON, and other American gentlemen, and the speeches & publications of some patriots at home...They are inhabited by a brave, hardy, industrious people, animated with an active spirit of commerce inspired with a noble zeal for liberty and independence...The continent of North America, if properly cultivated, will prove an inexhaustible fund of wealth and strength to Great Britain..." and much more.
Page 3 has various news reports including items under the heading: "Fish-Kill", which include: "...the French army marched from the camp of Compound...to their winter quarters in the Eastern states....the legion of Lauren passed the Hudson on iota way to the state of Delaware. The admirable appearance, discipline, and behavior of every corps belonging to the army of the Count de Rochambeau have ensured them an immortality of fame in the grateful annals of America. The American troops moved to their winter cantonments in the Highlands...there was a general review and maneuver of the army in presence of the Commander in Chief and Secretary at War...".
Then a report from "Head-Quarters, Verplank's Point" which reports a review by Washington, including: "...The alacrity and dispatch the troops have shown in procuring fuel for West Point and its dependencies, are extremely satisfactory to him...Sec. at War having expressed his entire approbation of the splendid & soldierlike appearance the army exhibited this morning..." with more on the review by Washington.
Of special interest is a page 4 "Proclamation" calling for a day of "...solemn thanksgiving to God for all his mercies; and they do further recommend to all ranks etc testify their gratitude to GOD for his goodness...the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness."
Of interest is it being signed by: John Hanson, President. In November 1781, John Hanson became the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation. Many people have argued that John Hanson, and not George Washington, was the first President of the United States. Rarely do we find documents in period newspapers which are signed by Hanson.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's