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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Account of the Devices on the Continental Bills of Credit


To the Printers of the PENNSYLVANIA GAZETTE. GENTLEMEN, No Explanation of the Devices on the Continental Bills of Credit having yet appeared, I send you the following Account of them, with my Conjectures of their Meaning. CLERICUS. An emblematical device, when rightly formed, is said to consist of two parts, a body and a mind, …

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Resolutions on Trade Submitted to Congress

Resolved, That from and after the 20th of July 1776 being one full Year after the Day appointed by a late Act of the Parliament of Great Britain for restraining the Trade of the Confederate Colonies, all the Custom-Houses therein (if the said Act be not first repealed) shall be shut up, and all the …

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Proposed Articles of Confederation


Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union, entred into by the Delegates of the several Colonies of New Hampshire &c. in general Congress met at Philadelphia, May 10. 1775. Art. I. The Name of the Confederacy shall henceforth be The United Colonies of North America. Art. II. The said United Colonies hereby severally enter into a …

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A Proposed Memorial to Lord Dartmouth

To the Right honourable the Earl of Dartmouth One of his Majesty’s principal Secretaries of State A Memorial from Benjamin Franklin Agent of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Given in London, this 16th Day of March, 1775. Whereas an Injury done, can only give the Party injured a Right to full Reparation; or, in case …

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