Philadelphia: Pennsylvania packet & Daily Advertiser, 1787. 1st Edition. Folio. Very Good. Item #13363
This January 18, 1787 issue of the Pennsylvania packet & Daily Advertiser features an inside-page complete printing of a new Virginia law further restricting the movement, behavior and duties of slaves and free blacks within the Commonwealth.
Among the restrictions are the inability to buy or sell goods to any other person without consent of one's master, the ability to travel anywhere without an official pass from the master, the inability to carry any weapons, punishment of whipping for violating any prohibitive laws, the seizure of any goods or items in violation of the new law by any person who may decide to question the African-American.
This complete printing features a bold headline at the top and is a compelling illustration of Virginia's attempt to clamp down on any potential slavery legal loopholes as the independent states moved toward unifying into one nation during the year of the Constitutional Convention.
This original 18th-century newspaper is complete in four pages and is in excellent condition, with mild edge wear and a small embossed personal library stamp at the lower corner of the rear page.