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Imports, exports... Yankee Doodle...

Item # 687381

March 06, 1769


* Early Yankee Doodle song mention
* Importation - exportation tensions

The front page has an interesting article about: "...George being now master of the ceremonies made the music play just as he pleased; and one night...he swore he would exhibit to the company a dance which had never been attempted but in North America. 'Twas in vain that his friends, observing the state of intoxication he was in, endeavoured to dissuade him...George Was obstinate...called aloud to the music to play up Yanky Doodle, but the fiddlers not playing fast enough..." with more.
This is the earliest mention we have seen of Yankee Doodle in a newspaper.
Inside has a year-by-year chart of: "Exports to the Continent of America From England..." and also a chart of: "Imports from the Continent of America to England...".
Further on is a report noting in part: "...Your troops, you may depend upon it, will all be called away in the spring & the ships too. Doctor F____ has given it as his opinion that the colonies will obtain all that they can desire or wish for if they behave with firmness...".
Eight pages, 9 by 11 1/4 inches, staining at the left side with loss at the blank spine has been professionally repaired (see photos), otherwise in nice condition.

This newspaper was a primary means in voicing the anti-British sentiment that was rapidly spreading throughout the colonies prior to the American Revolution. The paper gained much notoriety when Goddard printed an article voicing his support for the Boston Tea party. The paper's sympathies and general revolutionary message were a cause of great concern to the British. Soon the newspaper was heavily taxed for its delivery by the Crown Post (the colonial mail system in use at the time), and later the Crown Post simply refused to deliver the publication, driving the newspaper out of business in 1773. This prompted Goddard and Benjamin Franklin to establish an alternative mail system independent of the Crown Post authorities. This alternative system ultimately became the basis of a postal system that would later become the US Post Office. (Wikipedia)

Category: The 1600's and 1700's