1776 Rare Revolutionary War Battles Recruiting Washington, Ben Franklin, Hancock
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1776 Rare Revolutionary War Battles Recruiting Washington, Ben Franklin, Hancock:
September 25,1776 Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser. "Printed and sold by William and Thomas Bradford, at the corner of Front and Market Streets where people might be supplied with their paper for 10 shillings per year".Benjamin Franklin, as President of the Pennsylvania Convention, formed after the Continental Congress declared independence, makes the first attempt to form a State Militia in Pennsylvania. Before a State Militia existed associations of various townships organized for defense. A new law requires that anyone between the ages of 15 and 50, that did not belong to an association, would be fined 20 shillings a month plus, if over 16 years old, another 4 shillings per pound annual value of their estate.Another article reports activities of the Continental Congress. "Resolved that 8 battalions will be enlisted as soon as possible". Article goes on to give quotas for each state and establishes compensation.Some of the first battles of the Revolutionary War are reported."General Washington, on Monday having received intelligence that an advanced party of the enemy was approaching his lines at Haertem (Hearten), he prepared to attack with one party in front, with another to attack them in the rear to prevent their retreat, which nearly succeeded, when the enemy, after a smart engagement secured their retreat under cover of their men-of-war in the East River"."Two accounts from New York confirm, almost all of Broadway was burnt on Friday night. However by whom lit the fire is unknown".Many reports of naval activity with French Navy protecting American shipping.10 1/4 x 16 3/4. Foxing on page 3 & 4. Some print loss on folds.