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Petition to the King... Taxation and representation...
Item # 544835
January 30, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 1769 The front page has an address: "To the King's Most Excellent Majesty, The Petition of the Representatives of the Freemen of the Province of Pennsylvania in General Assembly met...". The address stresses in part: "...that Certain Duties and Taxes, for the sole purpose of raising a Revenue, have been imposed by Parliament on your Majesty's American Subjects, although they have no Representative or Voice in that most respectable and August Body...and that....This Right in the People of this Province, of being exempted from any Taxations, save those imposed by their own Representatives, has been recognized...ever since the Settlement thereof, without one precedent to the contrary until the passing of the late Stamp Act..." and more.
This is followed by a second petition addressed to Parliament expressing similar concerns and disappointment about the imposition "...of new Duties on the People of America, for the purpose of raising a Revenue..." and more, also signed in type by Galloway, Speaker of the Penna. Assembly. A third petition is found on page 2.
Page 2 also has a report from London beginning: "The following account of a gang of pirates & murders (some of whom have been lately taken) is said to be authentic...". Another page has an item beginning: "The Americans assert they have both constitutional & charter rights to grant their own money for public services..." and followed by: "Observations and Propositions for an Accommodation between Great Britain & her Colonies".
Another page has a continued item beginning: "One great objection to the quartering of troops in the body of a town is the danger the inhabitants will be in, or having their morals debauched; the ear being accustomed to oaths & imprecations, will be the less shocked at the profanity & the frequent spectacles of drunkenness exhibited in our streets..." with more (see).
Eight pages, coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead, 9 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, a stain in the first Gallaway signature, a few scattered foxing spots, otherwise in good condition.