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Wealth of great content on the purpose of Gage in America & the growing troubles between England & the colonies...

Item # 649977

March 9, 1775


* Prelude to Revolutionary War

A great single sheet "Extra" which contains a wealth of notable news from both America and England on the on-going troubles between America and England including prophetic comments inferring to a coming war.
The front page has an interesting report from the House of Commons which includes in part: "...the purpose of shewing it to his Majesty, before it is presented to him by the Agents. It contains a state of grievances, a solicitation for the removal of evil counsellors, and a claim that the Colonies are exempt from taxation from the British Parliament..." and another report notes in part: "...after descanting upon the alarming accounts from the Congress in America...it was impossible to determine what measures were meant to be pursued with respect to America...most pathetically lamented the situation  of America...and placed the situation of General Gage in a clear point of view...he knew not for what purpose administration had sent an army there; but that if it was judged expedient at all, it should have been an army of execution not an army of observation...he complained his cannon had been stolen & other insults offered to his troops but that he had the happiness to command a patient army...the Gen. Gage had been sent to Boston for three very good purposes: first, to protect the magistrates; second to protect the property of the merchants, which had been grossly violated; thirdly, to enforce the execution of the acts of the British parliament...that such steps would not have been necessary if the declaratory bill repealing the stamp act had never been brought into that House...that if the declaratory act was the accursed thing that had caused all the mischief, they had nothing to do but to toss it overboard...he was ready to sacrifice every thing for peace with America but he still was of opinion General Gage & his troops had no business at Boston...The unanimity of the American Congress, the moderation of their demands, and the firmness of their resolves, have confounded the ministry...The resolutions of the Americans relative to their exporting nothing from thence to England will affect government more than may be generally imagined...".
As to this last point there are several reports in this issue of the grave concerns of the British merchants that the American trade embargo will be devastating to them. One observation notes that 20% of everyone in England is affected in some way by trade with the American colonies, and that: "...the most melancholy apprehensions at the prospect of approaching ruin to all the manufacturing towns in the kingdom...".
There is so much ore fine content, too much to list here, including a report of the: "...Proceedings of the North American Merchants" (see).
Complete as a single sheet, rubbing at several folds causes some loss of readability and some perforation at the folds.

Category: American

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