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From colonial Boston...



Item # 585507

May 16, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, May 16, 1768 

* Rare Colonial Massachusetts
* Tory leanings


The entire ftpg. and most of pg. 2 are taken up with a continued report titled: "An Account of Corsica; & the memoirs of the famous Pascal Paoli the commander in chief of the Corsicans." (see for beginning). Page 2 contains a nice & somewhat detailed ad for the famous series of  "Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania..." done by John Dickinson, which did much to catalyze feelings against the British. Page 3 has an item noting: "Letters from Rome mention that a Jew, who was going to embrace Christianity, had suddenly disappeared; and as there was reason to suspect some foul play in the affair, the government has caused his nearest relations & the heads of the Jewish community to pay fifty crowns a day till such time as they discovered what was become of the man." (see). Also: "...It is likewise said that the free duty of excise on the exportation of rum or spirits, the produce of the British sugar plantations in America...will be repealed & instead thereof an allowance of all duties payable on importation be extended to the importation of rum & spirits..." And that: "It is talked that two regiments of foot on the Irish establishment are soon to be embarked for North America."
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/4 inches, close-trimmed at the bottom of pages 3 & 4 causing loss to the bottom line of some columns, otherwise in very nice condition. A fine opportunity for a colonial Boston newspaper at a very reasonable price.
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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