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Seizure of John Hancock's ship & the troubles which followed...
Item # 575140
August 17, 1773
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, August 17, 1773 All of pages 1 and 2 and some of pg. 3 are taken up with the letters of then Massachusetts lieut. governor Thomas Hutchinson from 1768 relating to the non-payment of customs and the troubles which resulted including mention of John Hancock (his ship "Liberty" was seized for non-payment of duties) with a portion reading: "...In the evening of the 10th a sloop belonging to Mr. Hancock, a Representative for Boston and a wealthy merchant of great influence over the populace was seized by the Collector & Comptroller for a very notorious breach of the acts of trade..." with much more.
Also mention of the 'sons of liberty' in this very detailed account, and also: "...This is most certainly a crisis. I really wish that there may not have been the least degree of severity beyond what is absolutely necessary to maintain...the dependence which a colony ought to have upon the parent state..." (see for portions).
There is more from Thomas Hutchinson concerning his letters on another page (see images).
Significant content on this noteworthy affair which would be a precursor to the Revolutionary War. Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, some dirtiness to the ftpg., nice condition.