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Suspending some hated Acts of Parliament...

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May 8, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, Philadelphia, May 8, 1769

* Trouble is brewing between America and England
* Pre Revolutionary War

An inside page has a letter which talks of concerns about relations with America.  Included is a mention of the East India Company, a report from the Clergy and Freeholders of the County of Middlesex, with block signature of John Wilkes, and a lengthy report out of Philadelphia (see photos). 
A page 2 report from London notes: "It is reported that some of the acts complained of by the Americans will be suspended."
Other various news of the day and many ads, including slave ads, as well. Nice coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead.
Eight pages, 9 3/4 by 12 1/4 inches, never-trimmed margins, nice condition.

This newspaper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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