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    American Revolution: Memorial to Congress by Continental Soldiers who feel they will be unfairly taxed by Pennsylvania, four pages, 7.75" x 13". [Philadelphia, c. 1778]. In part, "To The Honourable the Congress of the United States of America - The Memorial of certain Officers commissioned by Congress in continental Employ Humbly Sheweth That agreeable to the Constitution of the State of Pennsylvania a Bill entitled 'An Act to raise the supplies for the year 1779' hath been published for Consideration by Authority of the General Assembly to said state, in which act, inter alia, the following clause is contained Viz 'And that all and every Person & Persons, having using & exercising any Public office or Employment (such military officers who are or shall be in muster by the muster master general of the United States, or of this State, only excepted) shall yield and pay the sum of Five Shillings for every Twenty Shillings which he or they do receive in one year...'" The officers think this act is "unjust, oppressive and impolitic" and state their reasons including that "it is, in Fact taking the interests of the United States to assist the State of Pennsylvania in raising her Quota of the national debt. Your Memorialists consider themselves to be as much the Officers of the State of Massachusetts Bay, Virginia or South Carolina as they are of Pennsylvania; and that these or any of the United States have an equal right to tax Continental Salaries for their own Easement as the State of Pennsylvania has. That their residence as Officers in the City of Philadelphia is a fortuitous Circumstance, depending on the local situation of your Honourable House liable to be removed when and where Congress shall think fit to order..." Minor soiling and tears at edges. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.


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    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
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