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Letter signed by Ethan Allen... The Revolutionary War...
Item # 223197
February 2, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, February 2, 1776 A very handsome newspaper, and it's always great to have a Philadelphia newspaper with a 1776 date.
Over half of the front page is taken up with a speech in the House of Commons which concerns relations with America (see photo for portions). Pg. 2 contains a nice letter signed by Ethan Allen, which is prefaced with: "The following is the copy of a letter from Mr. Ethan Allen, the person who commanded the party of Provincials which were defeated near Montreal & who was also taken prisoner, to Gen. Prescott, on the General's ordering him into irons & to be closely confined." and in the letter he pleads to be dealt with in: "...an honourable & humane treatment as an officer of my rank & merit should have...".
Page 2 also has a report which includes: "...unless the Americans receive proposals of accommodation soon but they will relinquish all hope of peace & throw away the scabbard. They have been accused of entertaining views of independence; it is hard to say on what that accusation is founded..." (see photos).
Page 3 has a nice reference to the battle of Bunker Hill in: "We hear that the enemy, the evening on which our troops burnt the houses at Charlestown, were entertaining themselves at the exhibition of a play, which they called the Blockade of Boston; in the midst of which a person appeared before the audience & with great earnestness declared that the Yankies were attacking Bunker's hill..." with more (see).
Page 3 also has other items relating to the Revolutionary War as seen in the photos below. Among the pg. 3 ads is a "Six Pounds Reward" for four men who deserted the military, with details. The bkpg. has a lengthy address of the people of Nottingham to the King, mostly concerning affairs in America.
A very nice engraving of a coat-of-arms in the masthead, a few ink spots on the inside pages affect almost nothing, otherwise in great condition and a very displayable newspaper.