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Boston Massacre defendants plead "not guilty"... Two plates...



Item # 647041 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1770  The top of pg. 2--the reverse of the title/contents page--has a report datelined: "Boston, New-England, September 6" which reads: "Last Friday Capt. Preston, with the soldiers and others who were indicted for the murder committed in King Street, on the evening of the 5th of March last, were arraigned at the bar of the Superior Court and Court of Assize, now sitting here, and severally pleaded Not Guilty; but their trial, we hear, is put off till the 23d of October next." 
Almost all of the remainder of pg. 2 is taken up with other news reports from America, most from Boston, with some hints as to the troubles which are brewing between America & England. Included are reports from Philadelphia, Charleston and New York, the latter noting: "The General Assembly of Pennsylvania...have appointed Benjamin Franklin, Esq., sole agent for that Province at the court of Great Britain for the ensuing year."
Near the back in the "Historical Chronicle" is a note that: "The Empress of Russia has published an ordinance commanding all who profess the Jewish religion to depart her dominion in a limited time. The reason assigned is, that these people hold a correspondence with her enemies." 
This issue also has an obituary report on the death of Rev. George Whitfield, a famous Anglican cleric who helped spread the "Great Awakening" throughout the American colonies.
Included is one of the full page plates called for, being: "The View of the Surprizing Natural Curiosity, near Stains, in Scotland" showing stalagmites and stalactites in a cave.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 1/2 by 9 inches, full title/contents page which features an engraving of St. John's Gate. This has unevenly trimmed pages with wide margins, otherwise in nice condition.

A very nice and extremely popular magazine from the "mother country" just months before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. 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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