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IN ASSEMBLY, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2d, 1783, A.M. THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE, READ NOVEMBER 29th, RELATIVE TO THE PREPARATIONS TO BE MADE FOR PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS OF JOY...[caption title and first line of text]
[Philadelphia: Thomas Bradford, 1783].. Broadside, 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. Old fold lines. A bit of foxing. One contemporary ink emendation. Very good. In a half morocco box. A rare and quite wonderful broadside printing the instructions and specifications for the construction of a triumphal arch in Philadelphia to celebrate the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. It also spells out plans for the celebration to be held upon completion of the arch, complete with a parade and fireworks. This declaration was passed by the Pennsylvania Assembly just as the British were evacuating New York City, and a little more than a week before George Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army. The arch was designed by artist Charles Willson Peale, and its specifications are outlined in this broadside. The arch was fifty feet wide and nearly forty feet high, with columns in the Ionic order decorated with spiral festoons of flowers in their natural colors. The arch would be decorated with illustrations and inscriptions celebrating liberty, the Continental Army, the alliance with France, the natural bounty of the United States, the virtues of learning and science, etc. The whole structure was to be illuminated with twelve hundred lamps, and a fireworks display would take place on the celebration day, made all the more beautiful by having the lights of Philadelphia darkened for the occasion. A sum of £600 was allotted for the construction of the arch. The ratification of the Treaty of Paris was proclaimed on Jan. 22, 1784, but a careless citizen fired his gun too close to Peale's arch, which soon caught fire and was consumed by flame moments before it was to be illuminated in celebration. NAIP locates only four copies, at the Library of Congress, American Philosophical Society, Pennsylvania Historical Society, and Massachusetts Historical Society. Rare. EVANS 18092. NAIP w023371. HILDEBURN 4306. A RISING PEOPLE, p.193.
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