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From colonial Pennsylvania...

Item # 652333

October 30, 1769


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

Nice coat-of-arms in the masthead makes this colonial issue displayable. Page 2 has a note: "...has been frequently reported that Paoli intended to settle in Switzerland, we can now assure the public...that that illustrious Chief is actually on his way to England. 'Tis imagined that General Paoli will be promoted to a considerable rank in the army soon after his arrival in this country." with more on Paoli further on. A full page is taken up with the list of lottery numbers drawn in the "York, Heidelberg and Lebanon Church Lottery". Various other news of the day.
Complete in 8 pages, 9 1/2 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)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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