Front page of The Pennsylvania Gazette, December 12, 1747.
flipFlip to Samuel Richardson, Pamela: or, Virtue Rewarded, (fifth edition) Philadelphia, Reprinted, and sold by B. Franklin, 1742.
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Credit: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

First published by Benjamin Franklin in 1729, The Pennsylvania Gazette soon became the most successful newspaper in the Britain’s North American colonies. Although primarily a commercial paper, Franklin also used it as a vehicle for his own interests and causes. This issue included the “Proclamation for a General Fast” that Franklin wrote for the Pennsylvania Assembly and publicized a “Scheme of the Philadelphia Lottery” to raise money for the defense of Philadelphia.

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