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Naval battle between the Americans & British... Franklin the 'old fox'...
Item # 661013
January 03, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, January 3, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.
Page 2 has a very detailed letter concerning a naval battle between American ships Raleigh and Alfred, and several British ships including the Druid and Camel. A follow-up report as well.
Also on pg. 2 is an interesting item: "...from Paris that Silas Deane meets with repeated insults every time he goes through the streets of that city, & is pointed at by the populace as one of the wretches who mediated the ruin of his country by the basest strategems. The old Fox, Franklin, secures himself from similar treatment by silence and seclusion." (see)
Pages 3 & 4 are entirely taken up with ads.
Complete in 4 pgs., has some scattered foxing & damp staining, rejoined at the spine, archival mends to the lower right corner not affecting text.