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PHILADELPHIA JEW FLEES HIS CREDITORS IN 1777 An early Judiaca piece, a newspaper, The Philadelphia Packet, Dec. 14, 1772, 4pp. folio, disbound, printed by John Dunlap, with a lovely woodcut masthead sailing ship illustration. A large front page notice bears a woodcut of a man in colonial garb with a stick and a sack at its end, obviously on the run. The notice reads: "TWENTY DOLLAR REWARD. RAN AWAY yesterday, with an intent to defraud his creditors, one SOLOMON LEVI, a JEW, about thirty years of age, five feet six or seven inches high, short dark hair, and ruddy complexion..." It goes on to describe his clothing and mentions that Levi: "...pretends to be a jeweller by trade...". The ad concludes: "All masters of vessels are forbid to carry him off at their peril...". Fold repaired within with archival tape, else very good.
Estimate $ 300-400

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