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This front page defines the King's position concerning the rebellious Americans...
Item # 617648
January 13, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Jan. 13, 1776 The top of the front page begins with an advertisement for the selling of: "Common Sense, Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the following Interesting Subjects..." with a bit more (see). The balance of the front page is essentially taken up with an address by the King of England.
There perhaps could not be a better newspaper from page (great for display) which establishes the King's view on prosecuting the war in America against: "...Those who have long too successfully laboured to inflame my people in America by gross misrepresentations & to infuse into their minds a system of opinions repugnant to the true constitution of the colones & to their subordinate relation to Great Britain, now openly avow their revolt, hostility, & rebellion...". This is the historic speech of King George III before both houses of the Parliament in which he discusses the growing concern about the rebellion in America, which he viewed as a traitorous action against himself and Great Britain. He urged Parliament to move quickly to end the revolt and bring order to the colonies. The king spoke of his belief that: "...many of these unhappy people may still retain their loyalty, and may be too wise not to see the fatal consequence of this usurpation, and wish to resist it, yet the torrent of violence has been strong enough to compel their acquiescence, till a sufficient force shall appear to support them..." With these words, the king gave Parliament his consent to dispatch troops to use against his own subjects, a notion that his colonists believed impossible.
Most of page 2 is taken up with the discussions in Parliament concerning the King's speech & the troubles in America. Page 3 has an item noting: "...came to the choice of five delegates to represent this colony in American congress for the year 1776...John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, and Eldridge Gerry."
A terrific issue with this great content on the front page. Four pages, Royal coat-of-arms in the masthead, numeric notations next to ads (this was the editor's copy), light, damp staining at the bottom, generally very nice condition.