The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: September 4

WILLIAMSBURG, September 4, 1779.
Since our last we have had two arrivals, the schooner Hannah, Capt. Richard Inkston from Amsterdam, and the Molly, Capt. Kilgour, in 16 days from St. Eustatia, they bring no late intelligence of the French and British fleets. Capt. Inkston in his passage took a Jamaica-man loaded with 300 hogsheads of sugar, etc. but not being able to man her, was obliged to accept of a ransome for 5500 L. sterling, and has brought a hostage for the due performance thereof. [following advertisement appeared later in the same issue] FOR SALE The schooner, HANNAH, Richard Inkson master, just arrived at Broadway, from Holland. She is 54 1/2 feet keel, 19 1/2 feet beam, and 7 feet 9 1/2 inches in the hold, a faithful well built vessel, and sails remarkable fast, carries 3 carriage guns and 2 swivels, 2 blunderbusses, with muskets and cutlasses, is well found, and has made only one voyage. For terms apply to Preeson Bowdoin Petersburg, August 31, 1779

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) September 04, 1779

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The Netherlands did not want to be involved in a war with Britain, however, they did help the American cause economically. St. Eustatia, a Windward Isle, under the control of the Dutch West India Company recognized the flag of the United States in November 1776 and traded with the new country. The trade between the Dutch and the Americans caused Britain to finally declare war on the Netherlands in late 1780. The British Admiral Rodney captured St. Eustatia a few months later. The British Navy's preoccupation with Dutch holdings may have been the reason that French Admiral DeGrasse was able to reach American waters and corner Cornwallis.

Sources: Fremont-Barnes, v3, p871-4

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