Lot 30: Pennsylvania Ledger: December 20, 1777 Newspaper

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2017-07-10 14:46:10

Lot 30

Front page of an issue of the Tory newspaper The Pennsylvania Ledger or the Philadelphia Market-Day Advertiser from December 20, 1777, one page both sides, 9.75 x 16, printed in Philadelphia by James Humphreys. The front page features the text of a proclamation by General William Howe concerning vessels, and another piece makes reference to Burgoyne's surrender and the Convention Army, in part: "The inhabitants of Boston and its neighbourhood feel the most extreme distress from the great scarceness and immoderate high prices of the necessaries of life, for, since the arrival there of General Burgoyne's troops, the farmers and others carry all their provisions to the soldiers, for which they receive gold and silver, a species that, maugre all their loud clamours for liberty, they cannot forbear preferring to continental paper." In very good, fragile condition, with a few edge tears and some scattered staining.

Estimate: $200-$400

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