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The discontents in America...

Item # 652422 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1773  Perhaps the most interesting item in this issue is the 6+ page article: "Epitome of Commodore Byron's Voyage Round the World" which is continued from a previous issue. This is a great travelogue on a portion of his excursion.
But the "Historical Chronicle" near the back of the issue has content of historical significance as it begins with a lengthy discussion of the growing troubles in the American colonies taking nearly two pages. It begins: "The discontents in America, that were thought in a great measure to have subsided, begin again to break forth wish more virulence than ever. The measures that for some years past have been pursued with a view to enforce obedience have been so ill concerted that instead of reducing the colonies to a state of voluntary submission, they have only served to create suspicion & to spread a general dissatisfaction throughout the provinces..." with much more (see for portions). Further on is more reporting concerning America, beginning: "The affairs of America are now become very interesting..." with a bit more (see).
Note: this issue is lacking all plates called for.
Complete in 56 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, scattered foxing throughout, otherwise in good condition.

A very nice magazine from the "mother country" just before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War with a wide range of varied content. 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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