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George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy...

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October 07, 1783

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, Hartford, October 7, 1783

* Newburgh Conspiracy plan
* General George Washington
* Revolutionary War ending events

 Both the front page and page 2 have nice, lengthy letters concerning the Newburgh Conspiracy of that time.
The Newburgh Conspiracy was a plan by Continental Army officers to challenge the authority of the Confederation Congress, arising from their frustration with Congress's long-standing inability to meet its financial obligations to the military at the end of the Revolutionary War. By early 1783, widespread unrest had created an atmosphere ripe for mutiny. 
One paragraph begins: "In his address to the officers when convened, he says, 'My God! What can this writer have in view, by recommending such measures? Can he be a friend to the army? can he be a friend to this country?..." with much more.
The full text of the reports on pages 1 and 2 is shown in the photos. 
In the end, General Washington defused the situation with an eloquent, personal plea to his officers to remain loyal to Congress, in the process perhaps saving the fate of the American Revolution.
Rarely have we found period accounts of the Newburgh Conspiracy, one of the more unpleasant events at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.
Page 3 has a brief note from London: "The Definitive Treaty is not yet signed, owing, it is said, to a disagreement between the Courts of London and Madrid respecting the Floridas and the Bahama Islands---Great preparations are making for war, in the naval department here; but the design is not publicly known."
Four pages, some damp staining near the spine & bottom margin, nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's