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Spirit of opposition to England is high...

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September 18, 1769

PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 18, 1769  Inside has an item beginning: "When the celebrated Mr. Franklin traveled through part of Scotland some years ago, attended by a negro servant, the fellow, who estimated the value of land..." with a bit more. Another item notes: "...letters from General Gage, Commodore Hood & others...that both his land and sea forces should be strong in North America for some time to come...that the spirit of opposition to the Acts of Parliament of Great Britain is as high as ever, & general throughout the colonies...the disturbances in Virginia & other provinces to the southward...are as great as they can well be without actual rebellion..." with more.
A notable title from the colonial period, that has an ornate royal coat of arms engraving in the masthead.

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