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August 2, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Aug. 2, 1788
* 18th century America
Page 2 has an items concerning the frustration of Rhode Island concerning the Constitution, beginning: "...cannot help lamenting the neglect which the virtuous & oppressed minority of Rhode Island now experience from the federalists of the other states...". An interesting article... See More
September 10, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 10, 1785
* United States trade w/ China begins
* Empress of China (ship)
* Samuel Shaw
An extremely notable issue on trade with China which began in 1784. Page 2 begins with a lengthy letter signed in type by Samuel Shaw, and is prefaced with: "The following is a letter to Mr. Jay from Mr. Shaw who went in the ship ... See More
May 28, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 28, 1787
* Constitutional Convention begins
* George Washington elected 1st president
An exceedingly historic issue as this newspaper reports the formal beginning of the Constitutional Convention--terrific to have in a newspaper from the city where these notable proceedings were held. As such, this is likely the first newsp... See More
January 19, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISE, Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1787 The ftpg. has a fascinating: "Proclamation - By the Queen Margaret" who was actually the infamous Margaret Nicholson, who the previous year attempted to assassinate King George III some months prior. She was ultimately determined to be inside and was committed to the asylum at Bedlam, England. She had claimed--a... See More
December 21, 1782
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Dec. 21, 1782
* Closing events - post Revolutionary War
Note the very ornate lettering in the masthead. The top of the front page has a "Proclamation" by the Philadelphia sheriff. Pages 2 & 3 contains a letter from South Carolina concerning: "...a minute detail of barbarities exercised in this state by his Britannic Majesty's fo... See More
November 11, 1771
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1771
* Nice Colonial Pa issue for display
* Tea tensions build w/ England
I have always contended that this title had one of the more beautiful mastheads of the 18th century, with very ornate lettering and a rather large engraving of a sailing ship (see photos). The front page is mostly taken up with ads while page 2 has reports from Pet... See More
May 30, 1780
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, May 30, 1780
* Revolutionary War
* Great masthead
On the front page under "London" is part of a letter from Amsterdam stating: "...that several English gentlemen have been in company with the celebrated Paul Jones, who relate that he is proud & haughty, and can talk nothing of sea affairs; however, he has the good manners not t... See More
June 7, 1790
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 7, 1790
* Early United States Congress
Page 3 has a lengthy letter concerning the character of America & the new federal government (see). There are also reports from the "House of Representatives of the United States".
Four pages, a few small archival mends at inside margins, nice condition.... See More
September 18, 1787
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 18, 1787
* First announcement that the Constitution of the United States has been finalized
* In regards to historic announcements in U.S. history, this is rivaled only by the announcement that the Declaration of Independence had been signed
A singularly historic newspaper and the first time this issue has been ... See More
December 10, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1785
* Post Revolutionary War loyalists
Page 2 includes an address: "To the honorable col. Thomas Dundas...commissioners appointed by the British legislature to examine the claims of the loyalists in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, etc." which begins: "We, his majesty's loyal and dutiful subjects, being residen... See More
September 2, 1780
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 2, 1780
* Revolutionary War
* Great masthead
The front page has: "A Short Vindication of the Religious Society Called Quakers, against the aspersions of a nameless writer in the Pennsylvania Packet of the 12th instant", signed in type: John Drinker. Also: "Doctor Morgan's Appeal to the Free Citi... See More
October 8, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia Oct. 8, 1788
* re. Treaty of Paris - Peace
Page 2 contains an interesting report noting: "A gentleman from Canada informs us...that the British court was determined not to surrender the western posts until the Americans should make full restitution to their merchants for the losses they have sustained by the infraction of the trea... See More
November 30, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 1785 Page 2 has an item: "The request of the United States to their great and good alley [France] to furnish them with $400,000 in order to bribe the Algerines to a peace meets, it is said, with a very cool reception at Paris...how far that measure may be consistent with the safety & independence of the United States... See More
December 27, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 27, 1788
* United States House of Representatives elections
Page 2 has a lengthy: "Account of the Pelew Islands", now the Palau Islands, in the Western Pacific. Page 3 has an item from New Hampshire: "...our fellow citizens are to assemble for the choice of 3 suitable persons to serve as representatives from ... See More
March 16, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 16, 1787
* Shays' Rebellion
* Post Revolutionary War
Page 2 has a report concerning the Shays' Rebellion with: "...hear from Berkshire county that the spirit of opposition to government is far from being subdued in that quarter; that the insurgents are frequently collecting in small parties & making priso... See More
September 16, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 16, 1788
* Anglican minister John Wesley
* Government to be in Philly ?
Page 2 has an item from London noting: "Mr. John Wesley preached in the parish church of Bradford on Sunday...to the most numerous and respectable congregation that ever appeared in that place..." with a bit more. Another item notes in part:... See More
November 7, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 7, 1785
* Government close
* Post war era
Printed during the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War & the creation of the federal government. Page 2 includes letters written from Boston and Virginia. Page 3 has three ads for runaways & the back page has a nice illustrated ad for a "Hat Manufactu... See More
January 6, 1780
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 6, 1780 A famous title that has very ornate lettering and an engraving of a ship in the masthead. Notable content includes, on the ftpg: "A Third ESSAY on FREE TRADE and FINANCES , humbly offered to the consideration of the Public. By a CITIZEN OF Philadelphia". It continues on pg. 2 and is to be concluded in a futur... See More
October 23, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 23, 1788 The front page is filled with ads including 16 illustrated ship ads. Page 2 has an item: "On Tuesday last an oration on the adoption of the Federal constitution was spoken at Mr. Brown's English school...large number of ladies & gentlemen were present...". Much other news of the day.
Four pages, never-... See More
May 8, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 8, 1779
* Great masthead engraving for display
* Rare Revolutionary War title
The front page has an "Act" and "A Supplement to an Act", passed by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, each signed in type: John Bayard & John Morris.
Page 2 has three letters that appeared in London papers, each discu... See More
September 12, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1788 Page 2 is taken up with much news from Europe, and pg. 2 has a "Proclamation" from the governor of the island of Dominica. The bkpg. has an ad: "To be Sold into the Country, For Five Years, A Negro Man..." and also an ad: "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway Negro lad, with details (see).
Fo... See More
February 1, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia February 1, 1783
* Nice masthead
* Rare title
The front page is entirely taken up with ads including an: "Eight Dollars Reward" ad for "...a likely Negro Wench..." with details, and a "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway "...Negro Man named Adam...".
Page 2 has a small bit noting: "From the known p... See More
October 25, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1788
* Benjamin Franklin makes donation
* Post Revolutionary War era
Page 3 has an item noting: "We learn that Dr. Franklin a few days ago presented the Hon. Vice President Redick with 50 pounds as a donation to the Academy lately erected in Washington...". Other news reports from Boston, New York & Peter... See More
May 6, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 6, 1788 Although mostly filled ads with news on pages 2 & 3 including datelines from Philadelphia, Wilmington, Providence, Dublin, London and elsewhere.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very nice condition.
January 14, 1788
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 14, 1788 Page 3 has reports from the Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia (see). Other news items are datelined Philadelphia, Wilmington, New York, Kingston, Jamaica; & Bermuda.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, a few small & very discrete archival mends at margins, nice condition.
December 24, 1790
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 24, 1790 The ftpg. is taken up with ads. Pages 2 & 3 are mostly taken up with reports from the House of Representatives carrying over to page 3, which also has: "A Proclamation" by the governor of Pennsylvania.
The back page is filled with ads including one for noted Jewish financier Isaac Franks (see). Four pa... See More
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