Pennsylvania Ledger Rare Single Issue Dated July 8, 1775, Featuring Coverage of Bunker Hill

Pennsylvania Ledger: Or the Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, & New-Jersey Weekly Advertiser. Philadelphia, PA: James Humphreys, Jr., July 8, 1775. No. 24. 4pp, 10 x 15.875 in. Colonial American newspaper featuring reportage on the Battle of Bunker Hill, including excerpts of letters from soldiers camped at Cambridge. 

One letter from Cambridge dated June 27th reports: "You will have heard of the battle on Bunker's hill, before you receive this, but the accounts will be various—Our people went on to take the ground expecting every day the enemy would take it if we did not; they were not well prepared, however they went on, and at day break, before they had time to finish their work, they were attacked, but General Howe gives them the praise of defending their works as well as any men on earth could do; and had our troops...behaved as well...they never would have lost their ground, but the enemy must have been cut off."

Another letter from that camp dated June 29th reports that "Since the battle of the 17th instant, a considerable body of the army have been employed in fortifying Prospect-Hill, Winter-Hill, and other eminences near Charlestown. The former, which is a very fine situation, and in a full view of the enemy on Bunker-Hill, is said to be now rendered almost impregnable...Similar Works are carrying on at Roxbury...The above works have been constructed to prevent any excursions the enemy might attempt to make into the country, previous to nearer approaches that may be made for rescuing that unfortunate capital out of the hands of its present unjust tyrannical invaders."


Newspaper with general wear and tear consistent with age and use, with some scattered spotting/darkening. Pages still connected, though with heavy separation at crease. Brittleness and tearing to edges and corners, and two small holes near crease.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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