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Botany Bay... Rules for servants... Indian skirmishes in America...

Item # 647032 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1786 Inside has nearly a full page relating to Botany Bay being established as a penal colony, headed: "The Botany Bay Business Defended" which is a critical response to the lengthy Botany Bay discussion in the previous issue (see Gentleman's Magazine for November, 1786). One bit mentions: "...they have now comfortable beds. Formerly, when the convicts were transported by contract to America there were no beds...no luxuries were allowed..." (see photos).
Another curious report has specifics on how to be a proper servant (see photos). Elsewhere is a brief description of the American half-penny coin, and also: "American News" has content on McGuillvary & Indian troubles, and a bit which seems to relate to the Shays' Rebellion.
Complete in 90 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate. Measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches and is in very nice condition.

A very nice magazine from the "mother country" not long after the end of the Revolutionary War with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. 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