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The King is angry at the colonies for encouraging opposition...



Item # 648497

July 18, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, July 18, 1768  All of pages 1, 2 & 3 are taken up with a detailed report of the island of Corsica, the latter page including a biography of Pascal Paoli which carries over to take close to half of pg. 4.
Near the back under "America" are reports from Charleston and Annapolis, as well as "A Message from the Governor" of Maryland which includes: "The King, our most gracious sovereign, having been informed that a circular letter...was in February last sent by the Speaker of the House of Rep. of the colony of Massachusetts...hath been pleased to order it to be signified to me that he considers such measures to be of a most dangerous & factious tendency, calculated to inflame the minds of his good subjects in the colonies, to promote an unwarrantable combination, to excite & encourage an open opposition to & denial of the authority of parliament, & to subvert the true principles of the constitution..." with more. This is followed by the response of the Maryland Assembly to the governor which is great reading as well (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/4 inches, period notations in a front page margin, 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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