Robert Aitken’s Printing Office is For Sale

This advertisement appeared in two editions of  the Philadelphia Gazette, published as The Philadelphia Gazette and DAILY ADVERTISER. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on December 27th and December 31, 1800. This says that he is selling his business because of his age (he was 65 years old).  However, according to the book referenced below, which contains a city directory in the back, he did not sell his printing shop and was still in business at the same location, 106 Market Street, in  Pope’s Head, in Market Street, near the Coffee House in 1801.  He died in July 13th, 1802.

Market street, Philadelphia; the most historic highway in America, its merchants and its story : Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive, 1918:

The Transcription is below:

Printing Office for Sale.  THE Subscriber in the decline of life, having determined to relinquish the Printing Business—He therefore offers at private Sale, two excellent Mahogany Printing Presses, together with an extensive assemblage of Printing Types, including an Hebrew and Greek font, the whole amounting to thirty-four fonts well assorted, with every requisite, in excellent order and in good condition; calculated for extensive Book-Work or a Daily Newspaper, including also, a general and useful assortment of flowers, Cuts and Ornaments, with every other implement in the Printing Business.___He will also dispose of, a two-story Brick House, on the corner of 1??? Court and Black Horse Alley, which he now occupies as a Printing Office, 18 by 35—the second story has 8 large windows, 24 panes in each—and a lofty garret for drying paper, with a cellar under the whole.  The situation and accommodations are inferior to none in the city, and may be sold separate or together to suit the purchaser.  For further particulars, apply to Robert Aitken, No. 22 Market-street.