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December 11, 1769


* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
* Tea importation

An interesting variety of news reports from both Europe and America. One bit from Boston notes: "...that many of the soldiers who had deserted from two regiments quartered in this town have lately returned to their colours...They have all received their pardon." Another item notes: "It is reported as an absolute truth...That the Bostonians have raised tea very considerably, notwithstanding the most solemn agreement to the contrary; and have given orders to their agents for buying up all the tea they can in this place, who it is said, have actually bought & shipped for Boston between 20 and 30 chests! Glorious Patriotism!" An item concerning Paoli of Corsica, and so much more.
Eight pages, 9 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches, a handsome coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead, very nice condition.

This newspaper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea Party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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