(left corner) The TIMES are Dreadful,
(right corner) An Emblem of the Effects of the STAMP
O! the fatal Stamp
Thursday, October 31, 1765
EXPIRING: In Hopes of a Resurrection to Life again.
I am sorry to be obliged to acquaint my Readers, that as The Stamp Act, is fear’d to be obligatory upon us after the First of November ensuing, (the fatal Tomorrow) the Publisher of this Paper unable to bear the Burthen, has thought it expedient to stop awhile, in order to deliberate, whether any Methods can be found to elude the Chains forged for us, and escape the insupportable Slavery, which it is hoped, from the last Representations now made against that Act, may be effected. Meanwhile, I must earnestly Request every Individual of my Subscribers many of whom have been long behind Hand, that they would immediately Discharge their respective Arrears tat I may be able, not only to support myself during the Interval, but be better prepared to proceed again with this Paper, whenever an opening for that Purpose appears, which I hope will be soon. WILLIAM BRADFORD