[Revolutionary War] Early London Mention of Washington's Encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. A fine edition of The Gentleman's Magazine published in London, March 1778. 5.25" x 8.5". 45 pp (numbered [99] through 144). London: printed by D. Henry. The mention of Valley Forge comes in the form of a letter [page 137] from Sir William Howe to Lord George Germain reporting on the disposition of opposing forces during the winter of 1777-78. Howe notes that "On the 30th and 31st of December the [British] troops went into winter quarters in this town [Philadelphia], where they are well accommodated." Howe then adds that "The enemy's army, excepting a detachment of 1200 men at Wilmington [Delaware], is hutted in the woods near Valley Forge upon the Schuylkill, 26 miles from hence, and in a very strong position." Little did Howe know that the "strong position" would be a source of misery for Washington's ill-equipped army during that fateful winter. The pages exhibit light scattered foxing, otherwise it is in fine condition.

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    The magazine contains much fine content regarding the ongoing war including a lengthy account of St. Leger's failed Mohawk valley expedition, a detailed account by Lt. Colonel Breyman discussing the difficulties of moving men and material in the rough country of upstate New York, the "Substance of the Speech of Lieutenant-General Burgoyne to the Indians in Congress at the Camp upon the River Bouquet June 21, 1777", and news of a treaty concluded between the French and Americans.

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