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Item # 617876
February 14, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1778 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.
Much war-related content on page 2 including an item from Williamsburg: "We hear that...some of the enemy's ships went up Rappahannock river & took a French ship..." and an item dated at "York-Town, Jan. 8, 1778" which is from the 9 month period that the nation's capital had removed from Phila. to York, Pennsylvania. Another item notes: "General Howe's newspapers are so crowded with affidavits & paragraphs tending to persuade that France and Spain have renounced the American cause, that many judicious persons strongly suspect that the General and his minions fear mischief from that quarter...How extraordinary is it what pains & art is made use of by the rebel printers & their correspondents to impose upon the minds of the people!..." and more. Another item has "At a General court Marshall...by order of His Excellency General Washington. Capt. Vail...charged with cowardice at the battle of Germantown, was tried & found guilty of that crime and sentenced therefore to be cashiered..." with more (see). Another report tells of relations with Cornstalk, an Indian sachem.
Page 2 also has a: "Proclamation" by order of His Excellency "Sir William Howe". Another Order by William Howe concerning: "All persons in the city of Phila...having oil in their possession are ...requested to make return thereof into the Quarter-Master General's office...".
Page 2 begins with a lengthy poem sympathetic with the American cause, prefaced with: "When the following letter appeared in an English news-paper at Charlestown, south Carolina, consistent with the modern plan of American liberty, a young gentleman of that place was apprehended on suspicion of being the author & thrown into goal, where we believe he remains to this day." (see for the poem). A postscript notes that: "The uniform of the South Carolina rebels is a hunting shirt, such as the farmers servants in England." The balance of pg. 2, and all of pg. 4, are taken up with ads, including several "Reward" ads.
Four pages, numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), nice condition.