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The premiere issue of the war: the Declaration of Independence…
Item # 643255
August 17, 1776
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, August 17, 1776
* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text
* As reported from Great Britain
The front page contains a naval report from Philadelphia, carrying over to page 2, plus a report from General Howe noting: "…the rebels had more than 100 pieces of cannon for the defense of New York…it is no wonder he has not been more successful…" and more. There is reference to Bunker Hill in another brief report. Yet another page has a letter from Staten Island which has much detail, including: "Mr. Washington's headquarters were lately removed to the City Hall…" plus other tidbits as well.
But certainly the overriding significance of this issue is the complete printing of arguably the most important document in American history, headed: "In Congress, July 4, 1776. A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled" which begins with the famous line: "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…" followed by the remainder of the Declaration of Independence, signed in type: JOHN HANCOCK, President. This document takes about three-quarters of page 4 of this 8 page issue.
A very rare opportunity for a newspaper printing of the Declaration, and nice to have in the "enemy's" newspaper.
At a time when printings of the Declaration of Independence in American newspapers are now exceeding $100,000 and out of the reach of most collectors, this very famous title could well be one of the very few English language newspapers with a contemporary printing to be had at a reasonable price.
Complete in 8 pages, 8 1/2 by 14 1/4 inches, some scattered toning & a tiny ink spot at the margin of the Declaration (see photos), very nice condition.