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A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...



Item # 542287

January 14, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 14, 1778  This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
The first column of the front page includes: "By Order of His Excellency Sir William Howe, General and Commander in Chief...PROCLAMATION" concerning the cutting down of trees, etc. (see).
Several front page ads are in French, & another front page ad is headed: "To Be Sold, a Likely Negro Man who has been bred a farmer..." with more (see).
A full column on pg. 2 has some very nice content concerning the Revolutionary War (see photos), bits including: "...well informed that Gen. Howe did not land the army at Baltimore...landed at George Town...General Howe had advanced 30 miles on the road to Philadelphia...Washington's principal magazines were at Lancaster..." with more, including mention of  "Dr. Franklin".
Page 2 also has another: "Proclamation" signed in type: W. Howe, concerning the sale or possession of various items (see).
A page 3 ad is for a theatrical production: "For the Benefit of the Widows and Orphans of the Army." noting that even in times of war & hardship the arts carried on.
Four pages, folio size, archival rejoined at the spine, some period notations to the front page only.
Not surprisingly, being a Tory newspaper the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.

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