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Newspaper with the famous Ben Franklin imprint, with good content as well...



Item # 642537

January 3, 1765

PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE, January 3, 1765 This is perhaps one of the most famous newspapers of the colonial era, almost entirely because it was printed by the partnership of Franklin & Hall as indicated by the imprint at the bottom of the back page which lists him by name, and identifies him as the Postmaster as well: "Printed by B. FRANKLIN, Post-Master, and D. HALL, at the New-Printing-Office, near the Market." (see)  Franklin's imprint only appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette through 1765.
Among page 2 reports from London: "Yesterday morning 42 convicts, men and women, were carried from Newgate, and put on board a lighter at Black-fryars, in order to be shipped for America." A report from Port Royal in Jamaica gives a report of pirates, and noting in part: "...These pirates were 5 in number, a Frenchman, 2 Mulattoes, and a negroe...".
Also inside are reports datelined from Savannah, Charleston, Pensacola where is mention of the arrival of the famed preacher Reverend Mr. George Whitefield; Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Page 3 has a letter from Philadelphia concerning Ben Franklin (see).
A wealth of ads, so many that this issue has an extra full sheet filled with ads making this a 6 page issue. Just a bit of foxing, in very nice, clean condition. A fine opportunity for a Ben Franklin imprint from the last year his name would appear on this famous newspaper.

Item from Catalog 265 (released for December, 2017)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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