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From colonial Boston, with the "Supplement" issue... Ben Franklin...

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May 9, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, with the "Supplement" issue, May 9, 1768 

* Rare Colonial Boston
* Pre Revolutionary War
* Benjamin Franklin

This colonial newspaper is taken up with a variety of articles including: "An Account of the Family of Douglas" "The Use of Turnips & Method of Laying them up in Winter" "Method of Curing Cattle that are Swelled or Hoved" and a "Letter from a Gentleman in Ireland to his Friend in London" (see). There are many advertisements as well.
The four page "Supplement" issue has a report from Charleston noting: "Both house of assembly in Georgia have appointed Benjamin Franklin, Esq. to be their agent in Great Britain". This is followed by some reports from London on the situation in the colonies (see). A very early report from Detroit begins: "Nothing extraordinary has happened hereabouts this winter; a few Indians killed as usual, by one another, when drunk..." with a bit more. Other news of the day.
Complete in 12 pages inclusive of the Supplement, 8 1/2 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)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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