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Finding an end to the Revolutionary War... Isaac Franks....



Item # 644244

March 5, 1783

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 5, 1783  Page 2 has a note that there were still serious concerns about possible alliances with England, with: "...the state of Virginia...earnestly recommended to all the good citizens of that commonwealth 'That in all future elections of representatives & officers of trust & power, caution be used that no foreigner or native who may give cause of sucpicion that he is attached to the interesting of Great Britain....& that they be guardedly careful to elect..decided & unequivocal proofs of his attachment to te cause of America (and not) to weaken the union and endanger the independence of America." (see photos).
Also on page 2 is a warning to printers that: "...insolence of the insignificant Tory printers in New York who have the impudence to use the term REBEL in their papers...that should that term, or any other reproachful word, be farther used after the first of March next in any of their papers, that printer...shall have their ears cropt if found in any of the Thirteen United States of America after the war..." (see).
Also a note on George Washington's birthday: "This being the first year that the birth-day of our great & worthy general hath been announced to the public....assembled at Cambridge to celebrate the auspicious day which gave birth to the great Defender of American Liberty..." with 13 toasts, the first of which is: "General Washington, long  may he live, the boasted hero of liberty." and the last: "May the union of the American States be perpetual." (see).
Page 3 has a report beginning: "The hopes that we had of an approaching peace are vanished - It appears that the negociations so long going on at Paris are broke off, but the demands of the English who pretend to have a peace made as if they were every where victorious..." with more (see).
Of significance is a page 3 ad headed: "Broker's Office by ISAAC FRANKS..." with much detail. Franks was a noted Jewish financier & served under Washington during the Revolutionary War.
The front page is filled with ads, in the middle of which is a "Sixteen Dollars Reward" for a runaway Negro man, with details (see photos), plus other runaway slave ads as well.
Complete in four pages, this issue it very large and contains handsome engraving in the masthead. It is in very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 264 (released for November, 2017)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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