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Much debate on the value of the Revolutionary War...
Item # 617881
March 2, 1778
EXTRA SUPPLEMENT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, March 2, 1778 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.
An unusual "Extra" edition, with the entire front page taken up with a report from the "House of Lords" concerning the American Revolutionary War, bits including: "...he would sell his shirt off his back to serve his country in a right cause, but that he would not give government a shilling to carry on the present ruinous and unnatural war...He described the American as a brave, thinking people, men every way superior to the petty, paltry German princes who sold their subjects a butchers did their meat at the shambles...he described America as rising every day in power & increasing in military strength, particularly her armies...that the military discipline among our troops across the Atlantic was scandalously relaxed & daily growing worse..." & much more (see).
This report carries over to take half of page 2, with the balance of page 2 taken up with reports from the "House of Commons" which carries over to pg. 3.
Page 3 also has: "By His Excellency Sir William Howe, K.B. General & Commander in Chief, a PROCLAMATION" which is signed in type: W. Howe, which is concerning the security of provisions for the military (see).
The back page has a great report from the House of Commons which has much on the Revolutionary War including mention of William Howe, Gen. Burgoyne, and others (see).
Complete in 4 pages, light damp stain to a lower corner, pages 3 & 4 have numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), generally nice condition. Not surprisingly, being a Tory newspaper the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.