Lot 225: March 20, 1779 Broadside: News on The New American Treaty With France

Early American

October 29, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US

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Description: American Revolution
1779 Broadside: The New American Treaty With France
March 20, 1779, Broadside: "SUPPLEMENT TO THE PROVIDENCE GAZETTE," Providence, Rhode Island, Printed by John Carter, About Fine.
March 20, 1779-Dated Revolutionary War period, Printed Broadside, measuring 15.5" x 10.5", edges worn thin, some internal separations throughout only minorly affect the text; else fine. Contains a report headed: "TRENTON, February 3: Extract of a letter from Monmouth Court-House, January 29, 1779." It reads, in part:

"The Tory freebooters, who have their haunts and caves in the pines, and have been for some time past a terror to the inhabitants of this country, have, during the course of the present week, met with a very eminent disaster. On Tuesday evening last Captain Benjamin Dennis... was so fortunate as to fall in with them and kill them on the spot... This signal piece of service was effected through the instrumentality of on John Van Kirk, who was prevailed upon to associate with them on purpose to discover their practices, and to lead them into our hands."

The remaining front page is taken up with European reports, including the historic Treaty with France, and a failed attempt by the British to take Newport. Early reported account of espionage, a newsworthy topic that never fails to invite intrigue.
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