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    [Revolutionary War]. Henry Clinton Broadside. One page, 8.25" x 12.25", New York; December 29, [1781]. A British Revolutionary War broadside issued from New York City. Signed in type by Daniel Coxe, H. Clinton and Mt. Arbuthnot. A Declaration from "...His Majesty's Commissioners for restoring Peace to the Colonies and Plantations in North America, and for granting Pardon to such of his Majesty's Subjects now in Rebellion, as shall deserve the Royal Mercy..." It reads in part: "To the Inhabitants of the British Colonies on the Continent of North America, now in Rebellion, of every Rank, Order, and Denomination...Great Britain having manifested the Sincerity of her affectionate and conciliatory Intentions, in removing for ever your pretended Grounds of Discontent, by repealing among other Statues, those relating to the Duty on Tea, and the Alterations in the Government of Massachusetts Bay; and by exempting for ever not only the Continental, but the Insular Colonies, from Parliamentary Taxations; it is with much Pleasure we make known to you, that we have received a Commission, under the Great Seal of Great Britain, which has for its Objects the removal of Distrusts by the Remission of Offences - The Restoration of the Benefits of an extensive Commerce - the enabling the Constitutional Officers of Government to reassume their Functions...and the Confirmation of your Rights, Liberties, and Privileges. The Door is thus again thrown open (if happily you are disposed to avail yourselves of the opportunity it affords) for commencing Negociations [sic], which may instantly terminate the Miseries of your Country..."

    Handwritten note on verso reads: "Of January Admiral Rodney Received [word missing due to paper loss] Government acquainting king of a Dutch and Portuguese War & that the Empress of Russia had joined Great Britain & sent her fleet to the Relief of Gibraltar...It is said there is two millions taken from the Dutch in Shiping [sic] within this six months and near as much in cash & goods."

    Condition: 1.75" open tear to top margin with some loss to handwritten note on verso. 1.75" closed tear to bottom center crease. Heavy edgewear. Moderately toned and rubbed throughout with some staining. Weakened folds.


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