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May 04, 1776

PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, May 4, 1776 

* Rare Revolutionary War era title
* Tory issue from Pennsylvania

* Great year to have (1776)

This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.
Half of the front page is a letter signed by: A Settled Citizen" which relates to England and mentions in part: "...the late remarkable event of the British troops evacuating Boston...If, my countrymen, the general happiness of America is the object we aim at, the thought of a reasonable reconciliation cannot be driven from us. Independence will not produce happiness..." with much more.
Page 2 has news from Charleston, plus another letter concerning troops in Georgia & the Carolinas. Page 2 also contains a great letter: "By his Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Esq., General & Commander in chief of the Army of the United States" concerning those who might aid the British Navy in their efforts by supplying goods, etc, that those people: "...will be deemed & considered as an enemy or enemies to the rights of the said Colonies & if apprehended will be treated accordingly...", dated at this headquarters in New York, April 29, 1776 & signed in type: G. Washington.
The top of the back page has an ad for the printing of a work taking the opposite stance of Paine's famous Common Sense, titled: "Additions to Plain Truth: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America Containing further Remarks on a late Pamphlet entitled COMMON SENSE: Wherein are clearly & fully shewn that American Independence is as illusory, ruinous, and impracticable as a liberal reconciliation with Great Britain is safe, honourable, and expedient...".
Four pages, very light damp stain at the bottom, numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), Royal coat-of-arms in the masthead, very nice condition.

Category: American