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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Pennsylvania gazette. [No. 1908 (July 18, 1765), no. 1910 (August 1, 1765), no. 1914 (August 29, 1765) - no. 1917 (September 19, 1765)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01715 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Newspaper Date: 18 July 1765 - 19 September 1765 Pagination: 6v. : 4 p. ; 40 x 26 cm.

In addition to news from Europe and the colonies, and various advertisements and announcements, each issue touches on the controversy surrounding the Stamp Act. Issue 1908 reports on an upcoming colonial assembly which will seek relief from the Stamp Act (p. 2). Issue 1910 contains a letter opposing the Stamp Act (p. 2). Issue 1914 has a letter on the proposed Quartering Act, mentions the burning in effigy of a distributor of the stamps, and has a letter from the General Assembly in Providence seeking relief from the Stamp Act (all on p. 2). Issue 1915 contains a Massachusetts circular letter pertaining to a proposed colonial meeting on the Stamp Act, and reports of intimidation of stamp officers and protests to the legislation in New Haven, Providence, New York, and Philadelphia (p. 2). It also contains a public notice of an alteration of postage regulations (p. 4). Issue 1916 reports on the burning in effigy and intimidation of a stamp officer, violence in Boston, and a town meeting in Newport to protest Stamp Act (p. 2-3). Issue 1917 reports on an a parliamentary act altering postage rates (p. 1), the burning in effigy of a stamp distributor in Annapolis, a meeting of commissioners in regard to the Stamp Act, and a statement made by the freeman of Newport against the act.

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