December 2-5, 1775 News Reporting The BUNKER HILL Revolutionary War Battle In “The London Chronicle” Newspaper
December 2-5, 1775-Dated Issue, Revolutionary War Period Newspaper titled, “The London Chronicle,” reporting on the Battle of BUNKER HILL (plus other news), Very Fine.
This original, historic Newspaper contains 8 pages, numbered 537 to 544 being complete, measuring about 11.5" x 8.25" in size, boldly printed in black on period paper. This period Newspaper is in excellent condition with a light horizontal center fold, hinged with some irregular loss of paper and scattered chipping noted at the left spine and top outer page marginal selvage areas, mostly not affecting the text. An important historical article is on page 538 in the middle column reporting that, in part:
"An evening paper of Saturday night says, that accounts came on Friday to the Secretary of State's office, that the Provincials had forced the lines at Bunker's Hill... and that they had sunk three frigates which had been sent up the Charles town river to save the lines... and that they were bombarding Boston when the express came away." Also, "A letter from an officer at Boston, dated October 6, says, "We are building a fort upon the heights of Charles town, which will contain about 700 men. Our army and the Americans are only about 1000 yards distant from each other, which obliges us to be continually on our guard and watching them. We have frequent cannonading, and now and then lose a man. Salt provisions are plenty, but, fresh beef 9d a pound, which is beyond the reach of the subaltern officers."
"A letter from New York, of October 18th, says, that Dr. Franklin, Col. Harrison, and Mr. Lynch, passed through that city on their way to the American camp at Cambridge, being appointed field deputies by the Continental Congress." Another section of column 2 includes the following, in part:
"We hear that in-consequence of the petition of about 360 of the inhabitants of this town of the Council of Safety, it has been determined to postpone erecting any further fortification here, and the carrying into execution the projected plan of obstructing the navigation into this harbor by sinking...", and much more (please see our online description for additional content).
Further, on page 542... From the South Carolina Gazette:
"Charles-town, Oct.6th, the following are inserted by desire of his excellence the Governor and General Committee, Sept. 29th, may it please your Excellency, it is with great concern we find that for some days past, your Excellency has been placed to withdraw yourself from Charles town, the seat of your governor met, and have retired on board the Kings ship. The inconvenience which must unavoidably arise to the people, deprived by this step, of that access to your Excellency, which is absolutely necessary for transacting public affairs, is apparent, and we submit to your Excellency consideration, whether the retirement of our government to a Kingship, in this time general disquieted, when the minds of the people are filled with the greatest appreciation for their 50, may not increase their arms, and excite jealousies of some premeditated design against them. We therefore entreat, that Excellency will return to Charles town, the usual place of influence of the governor of South Carolina; and your excellency may be solemn declarations, your excellencey shall take no active part against the good people of this Colony, in the present arduous struggle ..".
another section of column 2 includes the following in part;.."we hear, that in-consequence of the petition of about 360 of the inhabitants of this town of the Council of Safety, it has been determined to postpone erecting any further fortification here, and the carrying into execution the projected plan of obstructing the navigation into this harbor by sinking..." and much more.