Orig­i­nal 1774 news­pa­per found at Good­will

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

PHILADEL­PHIA — An orig­i­nal 1774 Philadel­phia news­pa­per that was dis­cov­ered at a New Jersey Good­will is head­ing to a Philadel­phia phi­los­o­phy so­ci­ety founded by Ben­jamin Franklin.

NJ Pen reports The Amer­i­can Philo­soph­i­cal So­ci­ety has ac­quired the frayed Dec. 28, 1774, edi­tion of the Penn­syl­va­nia Jour­nal and the Weekly Ad­ver­tiser. The news­pa­per has the iconic “Unite or Die” snake de­sign on the mast­head and boasts three items signed by John Han­cock, who pleads for the Colonies to fight back “en­e­mies” who would di­vide them.

The so­ci­ety’s li­brar­ian Pa­trick Spero wouldn’t dis­close how much was paid for the news­pa­per.

The so­ci­ety is home to 13 mil­lion pages of his­toric manuscripts.

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