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AMERICAN-ANGLO HANDBILL. The American Stranger,  5 verses of 8 lines, with a woodcut of a ship in full sail, Sweets, Printers, c.1815
10 x 4 ins. folding crease, slight wear,
An American Sailor in a British Port would have been remarkable at the time this was printed, and a Handbill mentioning America would have been an extraordinary curiosity. The final line "And God Save the King" reassures us that this is not the song of an enemy. The lines "If ever I prove false To my heart's delight, In the Midst of the ocean, There shall grow a myrtle tree" hinting of an unbreakable bond - Isiah 55 verse 13 " Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." The United States declared war in 1812 for several reasons, including trade restrictions brought about by Britain's continuing war with France, the impressment of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, outrage over insults to national honour after humiliations on the high seas, and possible American interest in annexing Canada. With the majority of its army and naval forces tied down in Europe fighting the Napoleonic Wars until 1814, the British at first used a defensive strategy, repelling multiple American invasions of the provinces of Upper and Lower Canada. Not recorded in Copac

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