Printed between December 8 and 27, 1776, these four pieces document the discourse and tenor in Philadelphia at this early stage of the Revolution. They describe the movements of British troops in New Jersey; debunk conspiracies that are thwarting the efforts of the Continental Army; passionately plead for men and arms; and deliver the news of Washington’s triumph at the Battle of Trenton. Such time-sensitive content required all possible speed in printing, but at times it was difficult for the printer to keep up. Such was the case on December 8th when, preparing to issue news of Cornwallis heading south to Princeton, the printer received word that he had already reached Trenton. With fear of an attack on Philadelphia looming, the printer was forced to stop the press and, in the most expedient fashion possible, post the update.