THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston May 30, 1782
A VERY ORNATE AND PATRIOTIC REVOLUTIONARY WAR NEWSPAPER.
The beautiful masthead features an engraving done by Paul Revere, showing a soldier holding a sword and a document inscribed "Independence" while standing beneath a banner inscribed "Appeal to Heaven” and surrounded by ornate embellishments.
Page 1: An ACT more effectually to prevent the desertion of French sailors. The ACT was passed in the House of Representatives, March 5, 1782, and passed & enacted by Samuel Adams, Approved by John Hancock.
Printed by Nathaniel Willis. Complete four pages with “Town Clerk … “Handwritten in upper left corner. Edges are rough, two small holes in first page, stain on top. Fine condition.
Nathaniel Willis was one of the younger patriots who participated in the Boston Tea Party protest. He was only 18 years old when the protest was carried out; he was a publisher by profession and worked for Boston Independent Chronicle. During the Revolution he published the Boston’s patriot newspaper called Independent Chronicle. Interestingly, the paper was published from the same building in which Benjamin Franklin also worked as a printer. After the Revolutionary War, in 1784, he sold his interest in the Independent Chronicle and became one of the pioneer journalists in the unsettled West.