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Articles from the North-Carolina Gazette
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December 12, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 822-823

[North Carolina Gazette, December 12, 1777.]

Newbern, December, 12, 1777.

Since our last arrived here the Brig Edwards, Capt. Pindar, from New York, in whom came Passengers, Mr. Samuel. Cornell, late one of the King's Council of this Province, and Mr. John London. These Gentlemen have been for some time at New York, and on their arrival have acquainted his Excellency the Governor that they came with a Flag of Truce from the Commander in Chief at New York, in order to settle their private Business in this State. But as the Legality of a Flag of this Nature was called in Question, the Matter was laid before the General Assembly now sitting here; but we dont hear what Proceedings have

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yet been had thereon. In the mean Time, Mr. Cornell and Mr. London, with the Capt. and Crew of this Vessel are detained on board.

By this Vessel we have a Number of curious Papers, both English and New York. The Printer of the London Gazette, since the American War, has been thought the greatest Liar on Earth, but Messrs Hugh Gaines and James Rivington, of New York, Printers, far exceed their more respectable Brethren in England, in this curious Art. It is pleasant enough to read in their papers pompous accounts of the defeats of the American Armies, particularly General Gate's. of the distractions of our Councils, Gen. Washington's Disgrace, Lord Howe's destroying our forces of the Delaware, and many other such pleasing tales. But behold, O, Britain: the Glory of your once invincible Arms tarnished- and your Sons, from a Race of warriors, descended to a Race of Liars, and pensioned Sycophants. Gen. Burgoyne's Captivity, with the Flower of the British Troops, will teach you this Lesson; and the heavy Cloud which seems at present to hover round your little Kingdom, will direct the Steps of the honest part of your Nation to the glorious Brightness of the western World, where Liberty, Peace, and Plenty will be found, when servile Vassalage and gloomy Baseness shall have over spread your Land.

On Tuesday last was married, Mr. Waitstill Avery, of Mecklinburg County, to Mrs. Francks, widow of the late Mr. Edward Francks of this County.