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Farmer's Letters from Mr. Dickinson...



Item # 566704

April 3, 1769

PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, AND UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, April 3, 1769  Inside has an extract of a letter from a "Gentleman in London to his friend" in Philadelphia which describes a meeting with Mr. Wilkes in the Kings Bench Prison, mentioning that Mr. Wilkes is "...an Enthusiast for American Liberty .... He inquired in a particular Manner after Mr. Dickinson: His Farmers Letters, he says, are superior to anything of the Kind that was ever published in any age of Country..." (see)
Another letter says in part: "Mr. Dickinson's Farmers Letters, have carried his Name and Reputation all over the British Dominions, I was a few days ago in a large Company of Patriots and Advocates of Liberty, where I heard a Thousand fine Encomiums passed upon them...".
Another item notes: "Saturday last being the Anniversary of the Repeal of the Stamp Act, the British Flag was displayed on Liberty Tree & at noon a number of gentlemen met in the hall under the same where a number of loyal toasts were drank." Another article talks of slavery (see).
Eight pages, 10 by 12 inches, which also includes a 4 page "Postscript" containing mostly ads. Lite rubbing in a few place, traces of foxing, otherwise in very good, untrimmed 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) ".

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