1754 "Pennsylvania Gazette" Rare Colonial Newspaper This is the newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, that Benjamin Franklin had owned and published for many years. In it is an ad for the paper's printing office that mentions Franklin's famous Poor Richard's Almanack being for sale. Just below that ad is a notice for the local General Post Office signed in type by William Franklin, Benjamin's illegitimate son. This issue contains much news and two long messages from Governor Robert Hunter Morris. One alludes to the already-started, though yet undeclared French and Indian War, quoting in part: "I have lately received Intelligence, that a Body of nigh Six Thousand of the best Troops in France, selected, and sent over upon this particular Service, are arrived at the Lower Fort upon the Ohio, and are employed in fortifying that Country. This must convince us that the Court of France has formed some grand Design with regard to this Continent..." Four pages, 10" x 15" in size, fine condition, handsome woodcut illustration in the nameplate (masthead) which proclaims, "Containing the Freshest Advices, Foreign and Domestick." Excellent and rare early American paper with fine Benjamin Franklin association, perfect for study or display.

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