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Troops not wanted in Boston...



Item # 611016

July 17, 1769

PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 17, 1769  Page 2 has a full column letter form Dennys De Berdt to Thomas Cushing. Page 3 has the address of a House committee to the governor of Massachusetts, including: "...the business of the province is got into such an arrear...Who brought the province under this difficulty your excellency can be at no loss to determine. Had the assembly been called in the fall of the year past, there would have been no cause of such complaint..." with more (see). this is followed by a letter of complaint from the Boston freeholders concerning the staging of soldiers in the city, including: "...that the 14th or some other regiment may be detained in this town in order to protect their lives & properties...they pray that such steps may be taken...to prevent the ill effects of such representations & to convince the world that the residence of a military power in the body of this metropolis is...quite disagreeable to the inhabitants..." (see). It would be this 14th regiment that would be involved in the Boston Massacre less than a year later.
Page 6 has a report which notes: "...from London...That the American Revenue Act was not repealed...that the people of England now begin to speak in the highest terms of approbation of the politic & spirited behaviour of the Americans, & wish they may persevere for the mutual interest of Great Britain and the colonies." (see)
Eight pages, 9  3/4  by 12 inches, nice coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead, very nice condition. 

This newspaper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

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