FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESSPETITION TO THE KING.
The Pennsylvania Evening Post. Philadelphia: Printed by Benjamin Towne, January 24, 1775. Vol 1, No 1.
Bifolium (257 x 206 mm). Expert restoration at fold, two neatly repaired tears, overall fine.
INAUGURAL NUMBER OF A CRUCIAL REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAPER. PRINTING THE PETITION OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS TO THE KING. Drafted by a committee of the First Continental Congress made up of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, Thomas Johnson, Patrick Henry, and John Rutledge, the petition lays out a number of grievances of the colonies directly to King George III. Those grievances include Britain's keeping a standing army in the colonies without the consent of colonial assemblies; the collection of taxes under the Stamp and Townshend Acts; and the enforcement of the Coercive Acts enacted by Parliament as punishment for the Boston Tea Party. The petition represents a key moment in the Revolutionary Period: in it, the colonies express their loyalty to the King, appealing to their rights as British subjects against an unjust Parliament, and expressing an earnest desire to resolve the issues peacefully. The petition was virtually ignored in Parliament and the King never gave a reply, helping to fuel revolutionary sentiment in the colonies. Though the petition was adopted on October 25, 1774, it was not made public until January 18, 1775, and the Evening Post was among the first newspapers to print it.
In addition to the petition, the Evening Post printed a number of other important revolutionary documents, including the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. Printer Benjamin Towne became notorious for switching allegiances during the conflict, depending on which force occupied the city. Begun as a semi-weekly, the Evening Post would later become the first daily newspaper in America.