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[BROADSIDE]. PEMBERTON, ISRAEL, et al. The following Remonstrance, was this Day presented to the President and Council, by the Hands of their Secretary. To the President and Council of Pennsylvania. The Remonstrance of Israel Pemberton, John Hunt, and Samuel Pleasants....[dated] 4th 9mo. 1777, Philadelphia: Robert Bell, in Third-Street [1777]. Large folio, edges untrimmed, a few tears at left-hand edge affecting one or two letters, trifling wear at folds. Evans 15498.

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[BROADSIDE]. PEMBERTON, ISRAEL, et al. The following Remonstrance, was this Day presented to the President and Council, by the Hands of their Secretary. To the President and Council of Pennsylvania. The Remonstrance of Israel Pemberton, John Hunt, and Samuel Pleasants....[dated] 4th 9mo. 1777, Philadelphia: Robert Bell, in Third-Street [1777]. Large folio, edges untrimmed, a few tears at left-hand edge affecting one or two letters, trifling wear at folds. Evans 15498.

An interesting broadside relating to the arrest and detention of several suspected Tories in the turbulent period of the British army's advance on Philadelphia. The three men's remonstrance reprints an order in Council dated September 3 which orders Col. Lewis Nicola to "take a proper guard, and seize Israel Pemberton, John Hunt and Samuel Pleasants...and confine them under guard, till further orders." When the three attempted to deliver their remonstrance to the Council, they relate, they were refused admittance and told that "'the Council had issued the arrest, in consequence of a Resolve of Congress." They assert that their arrest is "arbitrary, unjust and illegal," as the Council has "assum'd an authority, not founded on Law or Reason," and that the illegality "is evident, from the perusal and consideration of the constitution of the government, from which you derive all your authority and power." Following the suspected Tories' remonstrance the broadside reprints another resolution of the Council, dated 4 September 1777 (signed in type by Timothy Matlack, the engrosser of the Declaration of Independence), ordering Col. W. Bradford to send Pemberton, Hunt and Pleasants to Staunton, Virginia, where they are to be confined: "carriages will be provided for their accomodation in the journey, unless they chuse to provide themselves therewith." For further broadsides issued in the case of the these and other controversial arrests see lot and c.f. Evans 15496, 15497 (a New York printing of the former, also reprinted in London and Dublin), 15500 and 15501.
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