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Americans take Dorchester Heights... Common Sense...



Item # 587392

March 15, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 15, 1776  Certainly a great display issue as it has the magical date of "1776", a masthead which features a very large & decorative engraving, and is in very nice condition.
Most of the front page & ending on the back page is a lengthy article: "To the People of North America, On the Different Kinds of Governments". Also on the front page is a full column: "Proclamation, By the King" relating specifically to the on-going Revolutionary War as it is for: "Appointing the distribution of prizes taken during the continuance of the rebellion now subsisting in divers parts of the Continent of North America". It carries over to page 2. Page 2 also has a brief item: "Resolved, That no oath by way of test, be imposed upon, exacted, or required of any of the inhabitants of these Colonies by any military officer."
Page 3 has some war-related content with a letter from New York noting in part: "...gentleman arrived here who left Stoney Town last Friday & said Capt. Warner heard at Providence from a gentleman who left Cambridge last Tuesday, that the Provincials took possession of Dorchester Hill...and continued a very heavy firing on both sides...The Provincials set several houses on fire in Boston which were extinguished by the ministerial troops..." with more. Another letter from New Bern, North Carolina, has content concerning the Regulators noting: "...from the back country informing us that the regulators & tories were making head there & intended marching to Cross Creek & from thence to Cape Fear...they will get well flogged before they get there if they will fight. Our minute men & part of the militia march tomorrow..." with more (see). Further on is: "On Monday last arrived here General Lee on his way from New York for Virginia, where he is to take the command."
Other report from Congress notes: "....a committee of five be appointed to contract for the making Musquets and Bayonets for the use of the United Colonies, & to consider of further ways & means of promoting & encouraging the manufacturing of Fire Arms in the United Colonies...". A notable advertisement on page 2: "Just Published And to Be Sold by William & Thomas Bradford...The New Edition of COMMON SENSE, Addressed to the Inhabitants of America..." with more, and noting also: "The pamphlet advertised by Robert Bell...consists of pieces taken out of the Newspapers & not written by the author of Common Sense."
Four pages, some scattered foxing & browning, more so at the bottom, but causing no loss of readability. Generally in very nice condition. A very handsome newspaper from a significant year and with some notable content.

Category: Revolutionary War

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