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Leading to the Revolutionary War...



Item # 645242

January 31, 1775

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 31, 1775  

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions

The front page has: "Queries on the Propriety of Petitioning Parliament on the present interruption of American Commerce" which includes ten points, such as "Do not all the charters granted to the different colonies of America imply the supremacy of Great Britain in every respect, both of legislation & taxation?..." and "Are not the abettors of the Americans supporting the very worst of rebellions..." and more. Over half of the front page has "Letter II" which discusses, in part, the situation in America, more so in the portion which carries over to take the entirety of page 2 (see for a portion).
Another letter has a paragraph beginning: "Our North American colonies have found out that poor Britain is grown old, weak, infirm, and quite superannuated..." with more. Over a full column on an inside page has news from America, including a letter from Williamsburg noting "The Virginians are very warm in the American cause...determined that the tea should be destroyed...the tea was accordingly shove overboard..." and an item from New York notes: "Advices from all the colonies assure us of their unanimous concurrence in all the measures recommended by the general congress." plus much more. The back page has content concerning America mentioning: "...Every year the American capital gains very large & dangerous strides upon the British capital, not by fair reasoning & strength of argument, for that was relinquished by the British Government in the repeal of the Stamp Act (in that fatal Act, as in its natural soil, American insolence has grown to an amazing height)..." plus mention of American independency (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, lite dirtiness to the front page, otherwise in very good condition.

Category: British

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