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INV-24377 LOUISA SUSANNAH WELLS Autograph Manuscript Journal, 1779. Memoirs of Wells’ 1778 exile voyage from Charleston to London, via New York. 81 pp., 9½ x 15 in.
With collateral book: LOUISA SUSANNAH WELLS. Limited Edition printing of The Journal of a Voyage from Charleston, S.C., to London undertaken during the American Revolution by a Daughter of an Eminent American the Year 1778 and Written from Memory Only in 1779. [New York: New York Historical Society, 1906.] 121 pp., Copy 124 of 200 printed, 6½ x 10¼ in. Includes appendix with material not in original journal. 1779-01-01

About ten days after I landed [in New York] a dreadful fire broke out amongst the King’s Stores. Some of the Shipping were burnt and not less than one hundred and twenty Houses were consumed. To paint the consternation of the people at that time is now impossible.... One third of this populous City is now gone....

In our way we visited the great Fort on Bunker’s Hill [now in Little Italy, lower Manhattan]....What could have tempted Washington to desert this Post? Nothing but British Valour, and his well known Policy of never risking an Engagement when he could make good his retreat.

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