Hide image list »
On the loss of Philadelphia... can't hold out much longer...
Item # 617096
January 7, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 7, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.
Page 2 mentions from Boston that: "...arrived here under an escort of American light dragoons, the Hon. JOHN HANCOCK, Esq., President of the American CONGRESS, and first Major-General of the militia of this state...his arrival was made known by ringing the bells, the discharge of 13 cannon...He received the compliments of gentlemen of all orders..." and a bit more. And also that: "...two of the worthy and patriotic members of the Continental Congress for this state, the honourable Samuel and John Adams, Esqrs., arrived...informed from good authority that Gen. Gates's command is enlarged to Peek's Kill and that Gen. Putnam goes to the southward."
A report headed "Fish-Kill" begins: "On the 27th of Nov. General Putnam with the troops under his command, marched down towards King's-Bridge, with a view to draw out the enemy to battle..." with more. Another item notes: "We hear the loss of Philadelphia is most sensibly felt by the rebels, & that the judicious among them begin to think they cannot hold it many campaigns as the soldiers complain for want of cloathing and are severely treated by their officers for the most trifling faults; this added to their being greatly in want of medicine in their camp, occasions much murmuring among them." Yet another report notes a military encounter near the Bronx (see).
Four pages, various numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), very nice condition.