[Philadelphia. April, 1775]. Broadsheet, approximately 16 1/4 x 10 inches. Edges slightly chipped. One 4 1/2 inch tear at the conter of the bottom edge. Several small binding holes, not affecting text. Tanned, light foxing. About good. Item #WRCAM51565
Supplement to the Philadelphia newspaper PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, published by John Dunlap in various guises until 1800. At this time, the periodical was printed weekly, and often carried important first public printings of revolutionary and early federal news and government documents. After the end of the Revolution, it went on to become the nation's first successful daily paper. This issue contains a copy of a letter from Lord Dartmouth ordering colonial governors and assemblies to prevent the selection of delegates for the Second Continental Congress, and a resolution from the Massachusetts Provincial Congress exhorting citizens to be on guard against the depredations of the occupying British army, and reminding them that "our implacable enemies are unremitting in their endeavors by fraud and artifice, as well as by open force, to subjugate this people."