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Americans have a "true spirit of independence"...
Item # 636205
October 24, 1768
THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Oct. 24, 1768
* Rare Colonial Boston
* Pre Revolutionary War
A nice newspaper from colonial Boston, the hotbed of activity raging against the hated policies of Parliament towards the American colonies. This city & its environs saw much action against the Stamp Act, and would soon be the focus of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, and the outbreak of war with the Battle of Lexington & Concord.
All of the front page has reports of the "...Trial of John Grainger, Daniel Clark..." and others for "...shooting at John Green..." (see for beginning). Elsewhere is a report from Hartford, mentioning: "...the disturbance at Boston with the officers of the customers was for some time misrepresented and made a great noise...now appears that the Ministry are resolved to pursue lenitive and conciliating measures relative to the colonies...". Another report is a letter from a man in London to a friend in Philadelphia which includes: "The conduct of the Boston people has raised a fresh cry against the Americans & numbers of pitiful scriblers are daily exaggerating their crimes to the public eye without understanding their subject..." and more, the writer expressing his support for the Americans by noting: "...For my own part, I know not of any people since the ruin of the Roman commonwealth that seem to me to entertain more just ideas of liberty or breathe forth a more true spirit of independence than what the brave sons of North America do..." with more (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, nice condition. A volume one issue.
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