Orig­i­nal 1774 news­pa­per, found at Good­will, heads to li­brary

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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 some 13 mil­lion pages of his­toric manuscripts, in­clud­ing Franklin’s pa­pers and the jour­nals of Lewis and Clark.

Heather Ran­dall, of the Good­will in Bell­mawr, New Jer­sey, says it’s fit­ting that the news­pa­per, printed in Philadel­phia, is head­ing back there.

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