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A Tory newspaper printed in occupied Philadelphia...



Item # 609457

January 7, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 7, 1778 

* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America


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. Rarely found today.
All of the front page is taken up with advertisements.
Page 2 contains a report headed: "From Rebel Papers, Charlestown, South Carolina, Oct. 7" and one with a Boston dateline which includes: "...arrived here under an escort of American light dragoons the Hon. John Hancock, Esq., President of the American Congress & first Major-General of the militia of this State...his arrival was made known by ringing the bells, the discharge of 13 cannon..." and more. Also: "...Thurs. evening two of the worthy & patriotic members of the Continental Congress for this state, the honourable Samuel and John Adams, Esqrs., arrived..." and "We are informed from good authority that Gen. Gate's command is enlarged to Peek's Kill & that Gen. Putnam goes to the southwards."  There are additional reports under the "Fishkill" dateline, and also war-related reports under the "New York" dateline.
The entire back page is taken up with ads including one: "To be Sold, a Likely Negro Man...".
Two circular stains near the middle do not deter readability, some minor archival mends at the margins & scattered foxing, generally nice condition.
Not surprisingly, being a Tory newspaper the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.

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