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Great issue on the grumblings of the colonists...

Item # 642814 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1769  The reverse of the title/contents page is taken up with: "Interesting Advices from America" which begins: "We have already taken notice of the adjournment of the general assembly at Massachusetts Bay from Boston to Cambridge..." which takes the entire page to focus on the growing tensions between the colonists & the British.
Of great interest are two full pages headed: "Resolves of the Representatives of Massachusetts Bay Unanimously passed in a Full House" which is a terrific document stating the frustrations of the colonists in response to recent Acts of Parliament. Among the many "Resolves" of this document  are: "...That the sole right of imposing taxes on the inhabitant of this his majesty's colony...vested in the House of Representatives..." and "...That a general discontent on account of the revenue acts, an expectation of the sudden arrival of a military power to enforce the execution of those acts..." and "That the establishment of a standing army in this colony in a time of peace without the consent of the general assembly...is the invasion of the natural rights of the people..." and much, much more (see for portions).
Also within this issue are: "The pouring out of water a symbol of sorrow among the Israelites" (see), "A Description of Mr. Blakey's Patent Fire Engine for Raising Water out of Ponds, Rivers, Wells & for forcing it up to any height wanted for  Supplying Houses, Gardens and other places" which includes a full page illustration of the contraption, and a full page taken up with: "...a description of a machine to go without horses..." which includes 2 prints of the contraption which is essentially a very early version of a bicycle (see). Includes the two full page plates called for.
Complete in 48 pages with a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, never-trimmed margins, 5 1/2by 8 3/4 inches, in very good condition.

A very nice magazine from during the midst of troubles leading to the Revolutionary 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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