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Your search for posts with tags containing John Fleeming found 16 posts

April 17

GUEST CURATOR: Matthew Ringstaff What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (April 17, 1769). “APPRENTICES, (Wanted for the PRINTING BUSINESS).” On April 17, 1769, John Mein and John Fleeming,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Apr 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Received many intimations and advices, from numbers of our Subscribers.” Boston Chronicle (January 2, 1769). When the Boston Chronicle concluded its first year of publication,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Jan 2019

December 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (December 12, 1768).“The peculiar advantage of having most of their Advertisements preserved and generally in view.” The masthead of the December 12,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Dec 2018

“Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars” in Jamaica Plain, 4 Dec.

On Tuesday, 4 December, I’ll speak at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain on the topic of “Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars (and What They May Tell Us About Today’s News Media).”This is part of the site’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Nov 2018


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Supplement to the Boston Chronicle (May 2, 1768).“LONDON BOOK-STORE, North-side of KING-STREET, Boston.” Like many other printers in eighteenth-century America, John...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 May 2018

“The Liberty Song” with a “Set of Notes”

Last month I wrote a few postings about “The Liberty Song” appearing in 1768 and quickly becoming popular among American Whigs.I also wrote a series about how John Mein and John Fleeming’s Boston Chronicle, launched in late 1767, was...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Feb 2018

“The most infamous and reproachful Invectives”

Talking about “The Liberty Song” and its parodies, all from the second half of 1768, gets us a little ahead of the Sestercentennial. Here’s what happened in Boston 250 years ago today. Back on 21 Dec 1767, John Mein and John Fleeming...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Jan 2018

January 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (January 15, 1768).“Mein and Fleeming’s REGISTER … With all the BRITISH LISTS.” John Mein and John Fleeming marketed “Mein and...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jan 2018

The Boston Chronicle “unbiassed by prejudice or party”?

When in October 1767 John Mein and John Fleeming circulated the proposal to publish a new weekly newspaper in Boston, their plan started with a long list of things “their friends” wanted to see in it.That list concluded by quoting those advance...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Dec 2017

The Launch of the Boston Chronicle

This is the Sestercentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the first issue of the Boston Chronicle.For a decade Boston had been a four-newspaper town. The oldest weekly was Richard Draper’s Boston News-Letter, founded in 1704 and almost always allied...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Dec 2017


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Subscription Notice for the Boston Chronicle (October 22, 1767).“PROPOSALS FOR PRINTING a NEW WEEKLY PAPER.” Two months before it commenced publication, John Mein and...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Oct 2017

Digging through Harvard’s Digital Papers

I rather like my segue yesterday from the Stamp Act confrontation unfolding 250 years ago to Harvard’s new Colonial North American Project. As the university announced, its archivists are digitizing all the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century documents...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Nov 2015

“Mean is the man, M—N is his Name”

This is the Fifth of November, which Bostonians of the mid-1700s celebrated as “Pope Night.” Young men and boys would parade with what they called pageantry and we’d call floats: wagons decorated with giant puppets representing the Pope, the Devil,...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Nov 2013

“Boston’s Newspaper Wars” at the B.P.L., 6 Nov.

Next week on Wednesday, 6 November, I’ll speak in the Boston Public Library’s Local and Family History Series on “Boston’s Pre-Revolutionary Newspaper Wars.”During that period, Bostonians had several newspapers to choose from:...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Oct 2013

New Study of Dr. Benjamin Church

John A. Nagy has written two books on espionage in the Revolutionary War: Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution and Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution. For his third, he turned to...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Oct 2013

The First News of Christopher Seider’s Death

On Thursday, 22 Feb 1770, the Boston News-Letter contained this item in italics at the bottom of its local news: This Instant we hear that one Richardson having attempted to destroy some Effigies in the North End, the Lads beat him off into his House,...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Feb 2013

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