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Great wealth of content on the troubling relationship with England...



Item # 648496

September 26, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Sept. 26, 1768  The entire front page is: "Lord Mansfield's Speech on Wilkes' Outlawry". John Wilkes was a member of Parliament supportive of the American cause.
Page 2 contains a letter to the Mass. governor from a committee of 66 towns in the colony, mentioning in part: "...Your excellency cannot be insensible of their universal uneasiness arising from the grievances occasioned by the late acts of Parliament for an American revenue...that a standing army is immediately to be introduced among the people, contrary as we apprehend, to the Bill of Rights..." with more see. The governor responded & admonishes the committee, noting in part: "...I cannot sit still & see so notorious a violation of it as the calling an Assembly of the people by private persons only...It is therefore my duty to interpose at this instant before it is too late. I do therefore earnestly admonish you that instantly & before you do any business you break up this Assembly & separate yourselves...". And to this the committee responded (see for the beginning). Certainly a troubling relationship is brewing.
Another page has a legal notice beginning: "Information having been given the Selectmen of Boston that diverse of the inhabitants have been lately surprised & endangered by the firing of muskets charged with shot or ball on the Neck, Common, & other parts of the town..." with more on the fine to be imposed for doing so (see). Also ad advertisement for: "The New And Favourite LIBERTY SONG...". This was an American Revolutionary War song composed by patriot John Dickinson, the author of the "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania". The song is noted as being one of the earliest patriotic songs in the colonies, and was printed in full in the Sept. 5 issue of this newspaper.
Also in this issue is a letter from a member of Parliament to a friend in Boston, beginning: "...The Farmer's Letters I think are as well wrote as any political paper I ever read...". Another item is a list of "...Resolves subscribed by the Merchants of New York..." concerning trade with England, item 2 noting: "That we will not import any kind of merchandize from Great Britain...." with more (see).
This is followed by: "The Following Resolves are Agreed to by the Tradesmen of this City", also relating to trade (see). There is also a notice concerning General Gage directly troops to Boston, with details (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/4 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)

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