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Tarred and feathered & banished from town...



Item # 661832

September 12, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, September 12, 1768  The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War (see below). Much of the earlier pages are taken up with reports from Europe. Further to the back are American reports (see), with some reports from Michigan, and a note that: "Benjamin Franklin, Esq., is chosen Agent for Virginia". Also a report from Salem that: "...a vessel that arrived therewith molasses, the populace were so enraged that they stript him, then wrapped him in a tarred sheet, and rolled him in feathers; having done this they carried him about the streets in a cart & then banished him [from] the town for six weeks." (see).
The back page has an advertisement for the "Liberty Song" (see) considered one of the first patriotic songs in the colonies & written by John Dickinson.
Eight pages, 8 by 10 1/4 inches, various foxing, bit close-trimmed at the right margin but no text loss, good 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)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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