The New-York Historical Society has an extensive collection of broadsides that document the American Revolution and the tumultuous events leading up to it. Broadsides, the technical term for any document, large or small, printed on one side of a single sheet of paper, served as posters, handbills, official proclamations, advertisements, and conveyors of ballads and poetry. They were plastered on walls, distributed by hand or read out loud and are especially important for the study of the Revolutionary period. At a time when newspapers were published one or two times a week, broadsides served as the immediate vehicle for late-breaking news.
Regarding loans to the United States from the French government., Signed: Given at Versailles, the 16th of July, 1782. (Signed) C.G. De Vergennes. (L.S.) B. Franklin (L.S.)., Imprint supplied by Bristol., Text in two columns., N-YHS copy: fabric lining.