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POSTSCRIPT TO THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET. NO. 147 [caption title].
[Philadelphia. ]. 1774 - [2]pp. Single folio sheet. Two insignificant holes in left margin not affecting text, a few minor fox marks. Else very good. This extra to THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET is notable for printing an extract of the debates and proceedings in the House of Commons relative to the Quebec Act. This bill was an important factor in stimulating revolutionary feelings in the colonies and was considered one of the Intolerable Acts by the colonists. Such news as contained herein, relating to imposing a military government in Quebec, would have been of the utmost interest to American colonists, as a possible sign of things to come for the rest of the colonies. It was through this bill that the province of Quebec was extended to the Ohio River on the south and the Mississippi River on the west, effectively putting under British military rule much of the hinterland claimed by various other colonies. To placate the French inhabitants, the bill allows free exercise of Catholicism and French civil law. "Colonial propagandists effectively used the Quebec Act to widen the breach between the mother country and the colonies by declaring the British government intended to use the 'Popish slaves' of Quebec to establish the doctrines of royal absolutism throughout the American colonies" - DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN HISTORY. An important colonial newspaper extra making known news that would further kindle revolutionary sentiment in the colonies. DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN HISTORY IV, p.388.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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