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Stamp agent forced to resign, a second time...



Item # 589123

December 20, 1765

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Dec. 20, 1765  Page 3 has a nice account of the New Hampshire stamp agent, George Meserve, being forced to resign his post a second time. See the hyperlink for more details on the hatred towards Meserve, who had been hanged in effigy. A portion of the item in this issue includes: "...that Mr. Messerve, notwithstanding his late verbal resignation, determined to execute his office...about 400 resolute men, well equipped...Their purpose was to demand of Mr. Messerve a more explicit resignation...the repeated assurances from the Council, that the bale of stamped paper should not be opened...that they would never use them on any account, disarmed the populace of all their resentment...The stamped papers sent for the use of this province are lodged in the fort at Newcastle where they are to remain as a dead inactive lump of matter..." (see).
Another report notes: "...from Nova Scotia, that a quantity of stamped papers...sent by the distributor of  stamps at Halifax...obliged the Deputy to surrender them up which they put in a bundle and burnt."(see). This is followed by a nice letter from New York which begins: "I have wrote to you by this opportunity: since which the abolishing the practice of drinking tea in America is much talked of unless the stamp act is repealed..." (see). And yet another page has reports of complaints about the Stamp Act (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, never-trimmed margins, full red tax stamp on the back page, nice condition.

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