LONDON, August 15, 1776.
This week upwards of 6000 letters from New York, Halifax and other parts of America, have been received by different people in London, which were brought by the New York packet, and transports that have arrived since Friday. . . Copies of the declaration of war by the provincials are now in town, said to be couched in the strongest terms: That having now drawn the sword in defence of all that is dear to them, they are determined never to sheath it till a full compensation is made for the cruel oppressions they have sustained. It is said that American provinces have not only declared themselves independent, but that they have sent memorials thereof, and of their proceedings, to most of the Courts in Europe.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) November 22, 1776
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The editors quote the news from the most recent London newspapers that they have received. Four months after the Declaration of Independence, Virginians were reminded of how long it took for news of any kind to reach its intended recipients.