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Fife & drummer wanted... Unauthorized edition of Common Sense...



Item # 219128

January 20, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Jan. 20, 1776  Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a detailed description on how to make saltpetre (potassium nitrate), one of the principal ingredients in the making of gunpowder. Pg. 3 contains several reports from Congress with a Jan. 17, 1776 dateline (see photos). The bkpg. contains a small ad reading: "A New Edition of COMMON SENSE is just published & now selling by Robert Bell...". Interesting that this is an "unauthorized" edition not approved by Thomas Paine. Paine & Bell failed to come to an agreement for a 2nd edition but Bell printed one anyway, but not including the additions which Paine added & which was printed by another printer. Also on the bkpg. is a short ad reading: "Wanted immediately, a DRUMMER and FIFER. Inquire of the printer." Such a quaint ad from the Revolutionary War! And the bkpg. also has a "Two Dollars Reward" ad for a marine who deserted from Capt. John Welsh's company (see photos). Complete in 4 pgs., some even foxing, generally in very nice condition. Nice to have a Philadelphia newspaper dated 1776. 

Category: Revolutionary War

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