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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Postscript to the Pennsylvania Gazette

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06957 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Broadsheet Date: 1738/05/04 Pagination: 2 p. 32.9 x 20.1 cm

The "Dear Ned" political allegory printed by Benjamin Franklin. An interesting letter, full of allegory, which speaks of injustices and deceptions but not specifically alluding to particular individuals.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

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