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America struggles with the British...



Item # 558775

May 29, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 29, 1769  The handsome masthead features an engraving of the Pennsylvania coat-of-arms. The entire front page is a continued speech in the House of Commons "...in Favour of America..." which carries over to page 2 & is concluded in a future issue. One portion includes: "...If the people are indeed in rebellion--it is a necessary war; but if they neither make nor intend any opposition by force or arms--if they have continued, & do continue, to pay the duties--what is there for the troops to do?..." with more (see for portions).
Near the back is an item from Boston beginning: "As the welfare, happiness & freedom of America entirely depends on the virtue & prudence of its inhabitants...not to buy themselves...that has imported goods from England contrary to the agreement..." with more, signed: "From a Son of Liberty". Also: "In Boston there is handed about a printed paper with the names of eleven merchants who have imported goods into that port from Great Britain, contrary to the general agreement, with the design of casting the public odium on them & strongly recommending it to every one not to purchase any goods from them...".
Other news of the day & various ads. Eight pages, measures 9 3/4 by 12 1/4 inches, some water staining at the margins, never bound nor trimmed, nice condition.
This newspaper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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