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    News of the replacement of General Clinton with "lord Cornwallis" reaches American newspapers

    Revolutionary War Broadside: Postscript to the Freeman's Journal. One sheet, 13.25" x 16.5", "From the Amsterdam Gazette, of August 14, 1781." This rare Revolutionary War broadside was issued as a supplement to the Freeman's Journal, or, The North-American Intelligencer, a Philadelphia weekly published by Francis Bailey from April 25, 1781, until May 16, 1792.

    This supplement contains various news items near the end of the American revolution, including information from London on August 3 stating that "there is great discontents arisen in the army, and a misunderstanding between the secretary of state for the American department and gen. [Henry] Clinton, which renders his recall necessary, in order to carry on the war with some prospect of success. It is certain lord Cornwallis is to succeed to the chief command of the army in America."

    News dated November 15 from Philadelphia informed the public about the battles in the Carolinas: "While the citizens of America distressed with painful apprehensions for the fate of a handful of brave men in the Carolinas, surrounded with dangers and difficulties, General Greene, with a degree of prudence, fortitude, perseverance and courage which does him the highest honour, has, with the assistance of the patriot citizens of those States, not only baffled the efforts of the enemy, . . . but, after many well fought battles, has also obligated them to abandon the interior part of those States."

    This broadside contains other interesting notices, including an extract from a letter of a "Volunteer on board admiral Zoutman's Squadron" who claimed "The English had the cruelty and infernal barbarity to fire from their cannon, pepper, glass, bits of china ware, knives and other materials, which we have had to extract from the wounded men, to their intolerable anguish."

    Chipping and minor tears exist along the edges of the sheet. Toned and repaired on the verso with tape.


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