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Great issue with nice Revenue Act content...

Item # 642536

July 20, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, Philadelphia, July 20, 1769 

* Famous 18th century title

An excellent example of one of the most famous and successful American newspapers of the 18th century. Until four years previous, the imprint of Benjamin Franklin appeared on this newspaper. A nice engraving of the former Penna. coat-of-arms appears in the masthead.
Page 2 has much news under the "London" dateline. One news bits notes: "It is said that the Tax of which the Americans so loudly complain, after deducting all expences attending the collection of it, amounts to no more than about four hundred fifty pounds per annum." and also: "The part of a late speech which respects the affairs of America has thrown the friends of America into a general panic, as it bespeaks a non lenient attention towards them."
Page 3 has various American reports, one concerning the receipt of a shipment of goods from Liverpool: "...an order to the master of the vessel who brought them to take them immediately back again to New Haven, there to lie in store until the Act of Parliament imposing duties on paper, glass, etc. is repealed--And it is hoped that this example will prevent the like attempts for the future..." with more (see). More on non-importation and concern over the revenue acts, with a note: "...and they further say that it will be repealed the next sessions on condition the Americans behave with submission, and acknowledge their right of taxation: But if those be the terms, the struggle will not be so soon over, for tho' the colonies always have been, and are now, all submissive, yet it is hoped they never will yield an unconstitutional obedience...". More nice content concerning the Revenue Acts and two mentions of its repeal to happen soon (see).
Included is the single sheet "Supplement" which is filled with advertisements, evidence of how successful this newspaper was. So complete in 6 pages, never bound nor trimmed and in excellent condition. One of the finest examples of a colonial American newspaper to be had.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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