Lot 18: Pennsylvania Evening Post: July 30, 1776 Newspaper
12th July 2017
Complete issue of The Pennsylvania Evening Post newspaper from July 30, 1776, four pages, 8 x 10, printed in Philadelphia by B. Towne. The front page features an advertisement for a pamphlet for sale by Robert Bell, in part: "American Independence the interest and glory of Great-Britain; containing arguments which prove that not only in taxation but in trade, manufactures and government, the colonies are entitled to an entire Independancy on the British Legislature; and that it can only be by a declaration of these rights, and forming thereupon a friendly league with them, that the true and lasting welfare of both countries can be promoted." The paper boasts several reports on the warfare throughout the colonies, including "a particular account of the attack and rout of Lord Dunmore, with his piratical crew, from Gwyn's island." Some brief excerpts of these passages: "A nine pounder from the lower battery entered her quarter, and beat in a large timber, from the splinters of which Lord Dunmore got wounded in the legs"; "Of the vast number of shells which were thrown against Fort Sullivan, near Charlestown, but two fell into it, and only one of them did any execution"; and "Several cannon were fired last Thursday afternoon from our battery at Amboy…This brought on a cannonade from the encampment of the regulars near Billop's point." In fine condition, with binding holes to left edge.
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