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Representation on Parliament... Right to tax the colonies...



Item # 646040

April 24, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 24, 1769  Page 2 has an article beginning; "The inhabitants of the New England governments really seem in earnest to promote industry by encouraging home manufactures; for this we are under the greatest advantages..." with much more. It touches on the manufacturing efforts in each of the New England colonies. Another item includes: "I am glad the troops are come & believe their arrival will be for the health of this country...imagine we are now convinced of the necessity of leaving off trade with the people of Great Britain...till they are in a better humour, & will rescind their resolutions of taking our money out of our pockets without our consent..." and much more.
Another page notes: "The revenue acts would not be repealed till every assembly on the continent had voted a full submission to the supreme authority of parliament...". This is followed by the test of: "...the substance of the Resolves of the House of Commons" which includes: "...That no person should be qualified to sit as a Representative in the House of Assembly till he had subscribed a Declaration acknowledging in the fullest manner the supremacy of Parliament & their right of taxation over the colonies..." with more.
Eight pages, ornate coat-of-arms in the masthead, small piece from the bottom margin of the first leaf & small archival mend cause no loss, 9 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches, nice condition.

The paper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

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