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Boston...the nest from which all the evils have sprung...

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November 07, 1768


* Pre Revolutionary War tensions

A report from Charleston notes that: "About a dozen of the ringleaders of the late disturbance at Dr. Turnbull's settlement at the Mosquito Harbour in East Florida, we hear, have been secured...". This is followed by a lengthier report from Mecklenburg beginning: "Gov. Tryon has been here in person to command the militia intended against the Orange County regulators..." with much more (see). And a letter from London includes: "...Administration seems ashamed of what they did in the repeal of the stamp duty & are now determined to have obedience paid to all acts of parliament respecting America: For this end they propose to begin at Boston, where they say lies the nest from which all the evils have sprung. 'Tis said six regiments will be kept there besides a number of men of war." (see). Also: "...they removed to a large live oak tree...which they consecrated by the name of the Tree of Liberty; when the celebrated liberty song, so much admired in America, will several others, were sung..." with much more, & ending with: "...determination to join, upon all proper occasions, in support of the glorious cause of Liberty & their Country." (see).
Near the back is a report from Fort Stanwix concerning relations with Indians.
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 10 1/4 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