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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1765  Among the many articles is: "Adventure of a Young English Officer among the Abenakee Savages" being an encounter with Indians in America (see for portions).
Other articles noted in the table of contents include:
"Celebrated French Painters" "Hospitality of an Old Indian" "Jeanot and Colin, a Remarkable story from the French" by Voltaire; "an American Expedient to Prevent Poverty" and more.
Near the back of this issue are several pages with reports from Parliament and the King, including a dateline of "Friday, 22" which begins: "Lord Mansfield, as speaker, and the Earls Gower and Marchmont, by virtue of a commission from his majesty gave the royal assent to the following bills:..." and about 9 are listed, one of which reads: "for laying a stamp duty in the British colonies in America." Although a brief & somewhat inconspicuous report, it is an exceedingly historic one, as this is the official notice--in a British publication no less--of the King's approval of the Stamp Act. Schlesinger in his "Almanac Of American History" has under the date of March 22, 1765 a lengthy entry which begins: "In passing the Stamp Act, the English Parliament sets its first direct tax on the American colonies. The intent of this act is to raise adequate funds, together with the revenues from the 1764 Sugar Act, to support at least one-third of the total cost to British of maintaining a military organization in the colonies...".
The foldout road map called for is lacking.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 by 8 1/2 inches, nice condition.

A nice issue of this very famous & successful British magazine from this significant year of the Stamp Act, and some ten years before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. This was the first title to use the word "magazine".

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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