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Declaration of Independence Proclaimed at Portsmouth, New-Hampshire


Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 20, 1776.

The day before yesterday, pursuant to an order from the Great and General Court of this State, the Independent


Company under Colonel Sherburne, and the Light-Infantry Company under Colonel Langdon, were drawn up on the parade, in their uniforms, when the Declaration of Independence from the Grand Continental Congress was read, in the hearing of a numerous and respectable audience. The pleasing countenances of the many patriots present spoke a hearty concurrence in true interesting measure, which was confirmed by three huzzas, and all was conducted in peace and good order.

An express passed through this town last Thursday, who brought an account that Captain Mowat, in the Canceaux, had taken all the fishing boats that lay within his reach, to the number of twenty sail, at the eastward of Casco Bay, and is supposed to have carried them into Halifax.

Last Wednesday set out on their march for our Northern Army, the first company of the first battalion of New Hampshire forces, commanded by Captain James Arnold, late of Boston, consisting of about one hundred stout, active, enterprising volunteers, who have all engaged in the service, and marched off with great spirit and good order, within the short space of ten days. Such is the ardour, such the resolution of freemen to support a cause in which their all is interested.