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Quartering troops and other concerns... Supplement issue included...



Item # 661837

May 23, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, with the "Supplement" issue, May 23, 1768 

* Rare Colonial America original

The content is varied from thoughts on religious concerns on the front page, to "Thoughts on Vegetation" to "A New Method of Making Hogs Grow Quickly Fat" & other curious articles in addition to a wealth of advertisements.
The better content is actually found in the attached Supplement issue with the front page having nice content including a letter to the Liverymen of London noting: "...The chief merit with you...I know to be a sacred love of liberty & of those generous principles...have since secured to this nation the great charter of freedom. I will yield to none of my countrymen in this noble zeal...I have steadily pursued the interests of my country without regard to the powerful enemies I created...The two important questions of public liberty, respecting general warrants & the seizure of papers..." with more (see). The discussion carries over to pg. 2.
An inside page letter from Charleston includes: "...The dutiful behaviour of the assembly of South Carolina in cheerfully making provision for quartering his Majesty's troops & complying with what has been required of them..." and another report includes: "...I see the commotions in Boston & other places are not yet wholly subsisted & that some over zealous Patriots endeavour to keep up the ball of contention by prompting the people to make public resolutions against wearing our more expensive manufactures...". The back page contains some ads including one headed: "Deserted, from his Majesty's schooner..." with notes on the 5 men (see).
Complete in 12 page inclusive of the Supplement issue, 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, 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)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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