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January 25, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, January 25, 1768  Page 2 has a report of the death of the Duke of York which includes a nice engraving of his coffin, showing the position  of the pall bearers and others (see photos). More on the funeral further into the issue. Also: "They write from New York that a resolution has been taken to establish public companies of artizans who were to be endowed with certain privileges for the benefit of trade & increase of manufactures." also a report that: "The new settlement on the Ohio will be the best & only check we can have on the Spaniards on the Mississippi, and, if properly formed, be of great service to West Florida..." (see photos).
Elsewhere is a report from Paris noting: "Mr. Franklin, celebrated for the experiments & discoveries in electricity, which he made in America & carried to the utmost degree of perfection, was lately in this city when the learned & ingenious flocked to see & converse with him." Another item notes: "...a great number of Jews were embarking from different ports of Italy & the Levant with intention to settle in Corsica, where people of all nations are received with open arms provided they bring money or effects."
Elsewhere is: "...that there are three new governments to be established on the continent viz. Detroit, Ohio,and the Illinois; that the ministry stood  firm but that our friend Mr. Grenville was very diligent in procuring all the interest possible against the colonies...".
Complete in 8 pages, 8 1/12 by 10 1/2 inches, very nice condition.This newspaper published only briefly from December 21, 1767 until 1770. The publishers, John Mein and John Fleeming, were both from Scotland.
The Chronicle was a Loyalist paper in the time before the American Revolution. In its second year, Mein printed names in the paper that accused some colonial merchants of breaking a British non-importation agreement. In response, Mein's name appeared on a list of merchants who violated the trade agreement. Mein retaliated by accusing the Merchants' Committee of using the non-importation agreement for illegal profiteering. The irritated readership ransacked the offices of the Chronicle, and ultimately, it ceased operations in 1770. (credit Wikipedia)

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