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Colonial Boston... The Frederick Stump affair...



Item # 618005

March 14, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, March 14, 1768 

* Frederick Stump's Run Massacre
* Native Americans - Indians killed
* Middleburg, Snyder County, Pennsylvania


Inside has a report from Providence that: "...this colony...have appointed a committee to draw up an address to his Majesty & write to the Ministry & our Agent relative to the peculiar hardships & distresses the colonies are not labouring under." (see).
There is also a nice account of the Frederick Stump affair headed: "An Account of the Taking and Rescue of Frederick Stump" (see hyperlink). In January, 1768, Frederick Stump, a 22 year-old German settler in Penn's Twp., Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania, methodically killed or helped to kill ten Indians: four men, three women, two young girsl, and a female infant. In quick succession Stump was captured, incarcerated, and rescued from jail by an armed mob. (see)
Other various news of the day from both Europe and the colonies.
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, 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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