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1769 non-importation and relations with England...



Item # 652332

November 20, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 1769 

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
* Colonial - Anti-British title


The front page has two notable reports from Rhode Island, one noting in part: "That they would not...until the act imposing duties upon glass, paper, etc. shall be repealed, give any orders for importing ...into this colony...any of the articles enumerated in an agreement entered into...on the 2nd day of December, 1767, similar to one entered into about the same time by the town of Boston, & that they would strictly adhere to the measures thereby adopted..." with much more concerning an endorsement of the non-importation agreement.
This is followed by another report noting: "We the subscribers, merchants...of the town of Newport...being sensibly affected with the great prejudice done to Great Britain & the distressed state to which the British colonies are reduced by several Acts of Parliament lately passed...the monies that the colonists usually & cheerfully spent in the purchase of all sorts of goods imported from Great Britain are now, to their great grievance, wrung from them without their consent..." with more, including a list of ten items strengthening the non-importation agreement.
Inside has a report of Dr. Witherspoon, President of Princeton, speaking at the capitol in Williamsburg, Virginia. More than half of page 6 is taken up with an address to the merchants & traders in Philadelphia concerning relations with England and taxing the American colonies. The back page has a brief note from Boston noting: "The merchants...have lately agreed not to import any goods...until all the revenue acts are repealed..." (see).
Nice engraving of the Pennsylvania coat-of-arms in the masthead. Complete in 8 pages, 9 1/4 by 11 3/4 inches, very nice condition.

This newspaper 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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