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The Boston Massacre...

Item # 552756 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1770

* Much detail on the Boston Massacre in 2 reports

A very nice issue from just before the Revolutionary War with various news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the report on the Boston Massacre. The entirety of page 2 of this issue is taken up with an excellent & historic report of the Boston Massacre, with a heading: "AMERICAN AFFAIRS" and the article prefaced with: "The following Report of the Committee of the Town of Boston, transmitted to Governor Pownal, is the most authentic Account of the late Tumult there."  This detailed account gives all the particulars (see photos) with comments including: "...a quarrel arose between some of the soldiers of the 29th & the ropemakers journeymen...a party of 7 or 8 soldiers...by orders fired upon the inhabitants, promiscuously, in King Street, without the least warning of their intention, and killed three on the spot; another has since died of his wounds...Captain Preston & his party are now in jail..." with much more (see photos for portions).

As if this was not sufficient, the "Historical Chronicle" section at the back of the issue includes another even more detailed account of the massacre and the events which preceded it (see photos) including actual quotes of the shouts and accusations. This is certainly an excellent issue on this historic event.

Another item from America notes that: "...the ladies in some of the provinces have entered into an agreement not to drink tea till the revenue acts are repealed."

Other articles in the issue noted on the titlepage include "Debates in a Newly Established Society" "Dialect of North & South Wales Distinguished" "Anecdotes of the late Mr. Pope, Swift, etc." "A Passage in Scripture Explained" "Prodigy of a Burning Island Rising in the Sea" and more.
Included with this issue also is a full pg. print titled:  "...two curious English coins" (see).  A second plate "A View of the Bay of Santerini with a Burning Island which lately rose out of the Sea" which is mentioned in the index, is not present - and is inconsequential to the Boston Massacre content.

Complete in 48 pgs. with full title/index page, little wear around the margins with a few tiny tears, otherwise good.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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