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Account of American Affairs: Relation of the late action in Virginia and Capitulation with the French. A republication of an account of the Colonel George Washington's Battle at Fort Necessity and his subsequent "Captulation
London: D. Henry and R. Cave, 1754. Newspaper. Very Good. Newspaper. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 2-page article within the entire September edition of The Gentleman's Magazine. Removed from a bound volume. Tight binding with clean pages. Very light wear. One of the earliest descriptions of the action at Fort Necessity in the Great Meadows of the Ohio which forced Colonel Washington's force of 400 to withdraw. Printed shortly after the first account in the Virginia Gazette. This article (which pre-dates a French account published in the 4 October edition of Le Courrier in Avignon) also includes an English translation of the terms of Washington's capitulation signed in print by the French Commander, Louis Coulon de Villers, that accuses Washington's force of assassinating a French officer (de Villers brother) while he was bearing a diplomatic "citation." Washington's acceptance of these terms, which has been attributed to a poor translation by a Dutch trader who accompanied Washington's force, created a major scandal in both France and England and led directly to the Seven Years War, of which the American French and Indian War was one of the theaters. The English author, Horace Walpole, famously wrote of this event, "The volley fired by a young Virginian in the backwoods of America set the world on fire.
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