[Oaths of Allegiance and Elections in Revolutionary War Philadelphia; Congress Supplies the Army and Suppresses Vice] The Pennsylvania Packet or The General Advertiser, Tuesday, October 13, 1778.
Revolutionary War-date Philadelphia newspaper printed and published by John Dunlap, the first printer of the Declaration of Independence. This issue of The Pennsylvania Packet, the first successful daily newspaper in the U.S., contains a full, two-column address to the Freemen of the State of Pennsylvania, signed “Hampden,” concerning oaths of allegiance and voting rights for Philadelphians. Additional letters within concern the same subject including some reactions to previous writings by Hampden.
Recent Second Continental Congressional legislative acts reported in the newspaper concern supplying provisions to the Continental Army and the “...suppressing of theatrical entertainments, horse-racing, gaming and such other diversions as are productive of idleness, dissipation and a general depravity of principles and manners” in the army.
With numerous commercial advertisements (including the sale of parchment by John Dunlap), the posting of a reward for a runaway enslaved female (“a certain Negro Wench named Mary, a smart, artful huzzey”), the sale of real estate, and the sale of Poor Richard’s Almanack For the Year 1779 (and two other almanacs), each “just published.”
Description: [Oaths of Allegiance and Elections in Revolutionary War Philadelphia; Congress Supplies the Army and Suppresses Vice] The Pennsylvania Packet or The General Advertiser, Tuesday, October 13, 1778.
Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by John Dunlap, in Market-street, 1778. pp. Newspaper. Approx. 16½ x 9¾ inches. Decorative woodcut masthead. Printed in three columns. Old folds, now smoothed; creases; faint staining at fore-edges; few short closed tears; Very Good.