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    [John Dunlap] and [Benjamin Franklin]. Newspaper: Dunlap's Pennsylvania Packet or the General Advertiser. Four pages, 10" x 16.75", Philadelphia, September 10, 1776. This early American newspaper, printed by John Dunlap (1747-1812), contains a reprint of an ordinance, passed five days earlier, by the state of Pennsylvania "declaring what shall be TREASON, and for punishing the same, and other crimes and practices against the state," signed in print by Benjamin Franklin. The ordinance states that all persons "so owing allegiance to the State of Pennsylvania, who . . . shall levy war against this state, or be adherent to the King of Great Britain . . . or to the enemies of the United States of America . . . shall be adjudged guilty of HIGH TREASON, and forfeit his lands, tenements, goods and chattels, to the use of the state, and be imprisoned any term not exceeding the duration of the present war with Great Britain." On the final page is a reprint of a second ordinance issued by the state appointing justices of the peace for Pennsylvania, also signed in print by Franklin.

    Also included are articles regarding the arrival of a forty gun man-of-war in New York whereby General Washington ordered an attack by two 12-pounders, forcing the ship out and a proclamation by the state of Georgia to award any man who serves three years in the military 100 acres "during our present struggle for our invaluable rights and liberties." With period advertisements offering rewards for runaway servants and deserters from the army, in both dollars and pounds.

    In 1784, the Pennsylvania Packet became the first daily newspaper in the U.S. It merged with The North American in 1840.

    Condition: The main vertical fold is weak with separation resulting in loss of paper, though not affecting the text. In addition, several binding holes can be seen down the entire length of the vertical fold. Unevenly toned with spots of light foxing.


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