1776.004: The American Crisis.

Published: 1776

Full Title: The American Crisis.

Author: [William Moore?]

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: Alexander Purdie

Description: 24 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Not to be confused with the Thomas Paine title of the same name issued first in December 1776 and reprinted by Purdie a month later (1777.001). Purdie published this title to coincide with start of the Fifth Virginia Convention on May 6th. It is a reprinting of one number of The Crisis, a London periodical published between January 1775 and October 1776. This particular issue, attributed to writer William Moore by British historians, commented on George III's speech to Parliament on October 27, 1775, wherein he endorsed Lord Dunmore's recommendations for quick and forceful military action against the colonial rebellion. A collection of 28 numbers of this periodical was issued in New York by John Anderson in 1776 (Evans 14721); Purdie likely drew this reprint from that collection.

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