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Ben Franklin arrives in London...



Item # 640677 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1764  Among the articles within are: "Maltwort Recommended to Cure the Scurvy" "The Folly of Useless Words Exposed" "Description of an Instrument used in Inoculation in France" "Description of Peak's Hole in Derbyshire" which is accompanied by a full page plate showing two views of it (see); "Life of George Psalmanazer" and much more.
Near the back is a section headed: "Short Notes From the Papers" which gives news items from various newspapers, including : "...the general assembly of New York have transmitted representations to their agent here against the sugar act; the act for restraining paper bills of credit;and the several other acts lately passed, relating to the trade of the northern colonies." (see photos). It also includes an item headed: "Letter from Quebec" which begins: "Col. Bradstreet, on his arrival at Detroit, sent a belt of peace to General Pontiac, but he, like a true hero...cut the belt in pieces at the head...." with more (see photos);
Also near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" containing various news reports of the day which includes a significant item: "Dr. Benjamin Franklin, known throughout Europe for his ingenious experiments in electricity, arrived in town from Philadelphia in consequence of an appointment from the general assembly of that province to assists in transacting their important affairs for the ensuing year." (see).
In addition to the plate noted above, there are two additional plates (see photos).
Complete in 56 pages, measuring 5 1/2 by 9 inches, very good condition. Includes the full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate.

A very nice magazine from just after the French & Indian War from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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