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Indian troubles... Angry at the tax collectors...



Item # 661836

June 13, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, June 13, 1768 

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions

Included are reports under the heading "America" from Charleston, Philadelphia, Boston, Newport, & New York, including a letter "...from the Cherokee country, informs us...upper Cherokee towns are greatly harassed by several parties of Indians from the Ohio & Mississippi who kill every body they met with, whether white men or Indians..." with much more concerning the Indian tribes in the colonies. Also the report of an incident at the docks in Boston: "...made a seizure of a sloop lying at Hancock's wharf & which they ordered to be carried off under the guns of his Majesty's ship, Romney. This affair occasioned a dispute between the officers & some of the people...in which Mr. Harrison the Collector....were all pelted with stones & wounded...number of people assembled went to the house of Mr. Williams, inspector-general, broke some of the windows of his house...they burned a pleasure boat belonging to the Collector, in the Common. Mr. Irvine, Inspector of Exports & Imports, was also attacked the same night..." (see). The back page has a legal document signed by various men including John Hancock & Samuel Adams (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2, 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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