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Seeking relief from the King....

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August 8, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, Aug. 8, 1768 

* Rare Colonial Boston
* Pre Revolutionary War

Under the heading: "America" and from Philadelphia is a report which begins: "We can assure the public--that the assembly of this province so early as February last took into their consideration the act of parliament imposing a duty on paper, glass, etc. and thereupon under a sense of the oppression of that act, prepared & sent to their agents in London...instructions to unite with the agents of the other colonies...praying a repeal thereof..." and more (see).
Also a report from Pensacola, Quebec, Newport, Portsmouth and Charleston. The Portsmouth report includes a letter from a  Portsmouth town meeting to the General Assembly complaining of the duties they are assessed with: "...to use your utmost influence in the general assembly...to forward as soon as possible a full & humble representation to his Majesty of the sentiments of his loyal subjects in this province with regard to the duties lately imposed on them & the other grievances above mentioned..." (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, 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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