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A Virginia Gazette on the growing tensions between England & her colonies...
Item # 655005
March 18, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, March 18, 1775
* Very rare colonial Williamsburg
* Pre Revolutionary War tensions
This newspaper was published by Dixon & Hunter, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title from colonial Virginia with terrific content.
The front page has a report from London noting: "The petition from the American Congress to the King has been presented to his Majesty...a great personage has inspected all the papers which have been received relating to the unhappy transactions at Boston...". This was likely the Declaration and Resolves opposing the Coercive Acts, done at the First Continental Congress.
Page 2 has: "A Circumstantial Account of the Proceedings of the American Merchants assembled...at the King's Arms Tavern" they being merchants whose business is being damaged by the non-importation agreement. Inside also has an address to Thomas Gage from the citizens of the Boston vicinity concerning the growing tensions & including: "...deeply affects with a sense of the increasing dangers & calamities which menace...that while we are endeavouring to preserve peace & maintain the authority of the laws at a period when the hands of government are relaxed by violent infractions on the character of the province, our enemies are practicing every insidious stratagem to seduce the people into acts of violence and outrage..." and much more.
Also a document "The the Freeholders & Freemen of the city & county of New York" mentioning: "As the last Congress, held at Philadelphia, recommended that another Congress should be convened at the same place on the 10th day of May next..." which would become the historic Second Continental Congress.
More fine content on page 3 including a letter signed in type by: B. Franklin, W. Bollan, and Arthur Lee.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very handsome & ornate engraving in the masthead, very nice condition.