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UNITE OR DIE (AMERICAN REVOLUTION--PRELUDE.) The Pennsylvania Journal; and the Weekly Advertiser. #1675. 4 pages, 16 x 10 inches, on one folding sheet, disbound; minor foxing and toning. Philadelphia: William and Thomas Bradford, 11 January 1775
The Pennsylvania Journal used this "Unite or Die" masthead from 12 July 1774 to 18 October 1775. This issue includes interesting reporting on the coming conflict. The Newport correspondent writes: "General Gage has sent a number of spies into the country; and we dare say that the more he spies, the less he will like to commence hostilities!" Also included are a report from the newly formed Committee of Correspondence in Reading, PA, with their letter to "The inhabitants of Berks County": "The affairs of America grow every day more serious, and our unhappy disputes hasten to a conclusion." In more routine news, the election of Doctor Benjamin Franklin to the presidency of the American Philosophical Society is announced.
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