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Very early from Maryland: the French & Indian War... Money owned to Ben Franklin...

Item # 694150

March 13, 1755

THE MARYLAND GAZETTE, Annapolis, March 13, 1755  

* Very rare & early American publication

A very scarce and early newspaper from the early period of the French & Indian War. Rarely are we able to offer Maryland newspapers from such an early year.
Page 2 has a report from Halifax, Nova Scotia, that: "...they are building two new batteries upon the beach...That the three gun battery at the South End is to be greatly enlarged and more cannon added to it...".
Also: "...have advice that six French men of war are arrived at Gaspee on the South Side of the Gulph of St. Lawrence...likewise hear that some French men of war and transports landed a great number of soldiers in the River Mississippi...These great preparations of the French bode no good to our Northern Colonies."
Also a report of "An Act for raising a supply of 45,000 pounds...for putting this colony into a proper posture of defence, for furthering his Majesty's designs against his enemies in North America...". And also: "An Act for regulating the militia of this colony of New York. And, an Act to refrain the sending of provisions to Cape Breton or any other French port or settlement on the continent of North America...".
There is also mention that: "...arrived in Virginia of some of the forces from Ireland...with 100 men each, besides officers, arrived at Hampton on the 2d instant, and last Monday ent into Potomac to land them at Alexandria. The men are all well and hearty...".
A neat page 3 advertisement regarding money due to Ben Franklin: "Having already sundry times advertised in this Gazette, of which but little notice has been taken; I find myself obliged once more to give public Notice, that all persons on the Western Shore of Maryland indebted to Benjamin Franklin, Esq., and Company, of Philadelphia, are desired to make speedy payment...".
Four pages, a bit of light damp staining, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's