What Would Satisfy the Americans?

Doctor Franklin, being in England in the Year 1775 was asked by a Nobleman, what would satisfy the Americans? Answered, That it might easily be comprised in a few Re’s Which he immediately wrote on a piece of Paper Thus, Re call your Forces, store Castle William, pair the Damage done to Boston, peal your …

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The Rattle-Snake as a Symbol of America


Messrs. PRINTERS, I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, “Don’t tread on me.” As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for …

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Bradshaw’s Epitaph

The following inscription was made out three years ago on the cannon near which the ashes of President Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of a high hill near Martha Bray in Jamaica, to avoid the rage against the Regicides exhibited at the Restoration: STRANGER, Ere thou pass, contemplate this CANNON, Nor regardless be told …

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The King’s Own Regulars


To the PRINTER of the PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST. SIR, The Ministry have boasted much of their regular, their disciplined troops, which they fancied capable of beating all the irregulars in the world. One would wonder how men of any attention to what has passed, could deceive themselves into such an opinion, when so many FACTS, …

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There Is No Little Enemy

To David Hartley Philadelphia, Oct. 3, 1775. I wish as ardently as you can do for peace, and should rejoice exceedingly in co-operating with you to that end. But every ship from Britain brings some intelligence of new measures that tend more and more to exasperate; and it seems to me that until you have …

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