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Boston is causing trouble...

Item # 646038

December 19, 1768


* Pre Revolutionary War tensions

The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Most of the front page is taken up with a continuation of: "Voltaire On History".
An inside page has a report from a navy officer to a friend in Philadelphia which includes: "The people of Boston have a behaved in so haughty a manner, by flying in the face of the Mother country, that troops are actually embarked to bring them to subjection...How it will end I know not;--people on this side of the water expect bloodshed! I hope that will be avoided & things amicably settled...". Another address of the Mass. General Assembly includes: "...the distresses occasioned by the new duties imposed by the Parliament of Great Britain...are far from conceiving that violent & tumultuous proceedings will have any tendency to promote suitable redress...".
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, very 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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