The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: February 28

NEW LONDON, January 24, 1777.
The following is an extract of a letter from a gentleman of honour and distinction, a prisoner in New York, dated Dec. 26, 1776. "The distress of the prisoners cannot be communicated by words, 20 or 30 died every day; they lie in heaps unburied. What numbers of my countrymen have died by cold and hunger! perished for want of the common necessaries of life! I have seen it. This, sir, is the boasted British clemency. I myself had well nigh perished under it... Rather than experience again their barbarity and insults, may I fall by the sword of the Hessians."

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) February 28, 1777
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News arrived in a round-about way from a prisoner of war in New York. The author wrote it in December, then it appeared in the New London Connecticut Gazette in January. Purdie found the item of sufficient interest to republish it in the February 28 Virginia Gazette.

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