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Item # 697219

January 03, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Jan. 3, 1778 

* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America


This was a Tory newspaper published when the British occupied Philadelphia. 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 page 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."
Pages 3 & 4 are entirely taken up with ads.
Four pages, very minor damp stain to a lower corner, numeric notations in margins next to ads (this was the editor's copy), some ink stains, generally good condition.

Category: Revolutionary War