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Handsome issue from the midst of the Revolutionary War...
Item # 620525
May 8, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR THE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 8, 1779
* Great masthead engraving for display
* Rare Revolutionary War title
The front page has an "Act" and "A Supplement to an Act", passed by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, each signed in type: John Bayard & John Morris.
Page 2 has three letters that appeared in London papers, each discussing in various ways the situation in America. The letters are respectively signed in type: Julian, A Consistant Whig & Thousands. "From the Virginia Gazette" is a lengthy letter criticizing a previous letter that was written by Carter Braxton (a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The letter is signed in type: A Virginian.
On page 3 is a letter datelined "Princeton, New Jersey, May 3, 1779" that describes the "present state" of the "College", signed in type: John Witherspoon (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and William CH. Houston. A brief notice about a meeting of the Constitutional Society at the German School House in Church Alley, is signed in type: Charles W. Peale. There is also a notice offering a reward about "...a Hessian deserter, named Charles...", and one offering a reward for a runaway "...Negro Wench named Nants...".
The back page has a reward ad for a deserter from Capt. Carbary's troop of light dragoons. The masthead has ornate lettering and an engraving of a ship.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very small bit from the blank spine margin, very nice, clean condition.