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Washington's anger over the murder of Captain Huddy...

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May 21, 1782


* Captain Joshua Huddy execution - hanging
* General George Washington angry reaction
* American Revolutionary War

Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with "Debates in the House of Commons Upon the American War". An excellent report providing much insight into the discussions on the troubling situation in America and how to resolve it. Consensus shows a strong interest in ending the military involvement in America.
Page 2 has some good reporting on the naval events in the Caribbean which were part of the entire Revolutionary War enterprise.
Fine war content continues on page 3 as well including: "The perfidious Arnold, accompanies Sir Guy Carleton, and is to be invested with the command of his brother parricides, incorporated as loyal refugees." Also: "Sir Henry Clinton, having long since been convinced of the wickedness, follow, & impracticability of subjugating America to the tyrannical power of Britain...".
Page 3 has a great letter from General Washington to Sir Henry Clinton concerning the murder of Captain Huddy. Washington demands: "...Capt. Lippencut, therefore, or the officer who commanded at the execution of Capt Huddy must be given up...".
This was a very controversial case at the end of the war. Joshua Huddy's execution was noted for precipitating one of the first international incidents of the fledgling United States. To retaliate for Huddy's execution, the American wanted to execute a young captive British officer. The French government intervened and Congress ultimately voted to order the British officer's release.
There are additional reports on the closing moments of the war, several seen in the photos.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War