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Congress proclaims an end to the war with England...



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April 22, 1783

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, April 22, 1783  

* End of American Revolutionary War w/ Britian
* U.S. Congress formally announces cease-fire


A wonderfully historic issue as page 3 contains the formal document by the United States Congress that put an end to the fighting in the Revolutionary War.
It is officially titled: "By the United States of America in Congress assembled, A PROCLAMATION, Declaring the Cessation of Arms, as well by Sea as by Land, agreed upon between the United States of America and his Britannick Majesty, and enjoining the Observance thereof." 
This document was penned in Philadelphia on April 11, 1783 & dated as such at its conclusion, stating: "Done in Congress, at Philadelphia, this eleventh day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three..." and signed by: Elias Boudinot, President at the time.
Preliminary articles for a treaty were agreed to with England late in 1782 and mentioned in the early part of this document. In February a similar document calling for the "...Cessation of Arms..." was agreed to by the British & signed in Europe by Ben Franklin, John Jay & John Adams. In this issue is the American document issued by Congress which formally put a halt to the fighting of the Revolutionary War.
We have had very few American newspapers (most have been British) with this significant Proclamation, our records showing ten years since the last we have offered. 
There is related content as well, with a document signed in type by: Charles Thomson: "Resolved, that the several States be required to suspend all enlistments for any regiment or corps in the army of the United States until the further order of Congress." And a report from Fishkill, New York, mentions: "...when the declaration of peace was read in New York...that the vile miscreants of tories were so exasperated that they trampled their most gracious King's proclamation under their feet with the utmost scorn & contempt..." with more.
A very historic issue. 
Complete in 4 pages, archival strengthening at the blank spine where a few bits are missing not close to any text, handsome masthead, nice condition.

Category: Revolutionary War