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Duncan Ingraham, Justice of the Peace

Yesterday I quoted two depositions of British soldiers taken prisoner on 19 Apr 1775—John Bateman of the 52nd Regiment and James Marr of the 4th.Both depositions were dated 23 April and attested to by the same two justices of the peace: Dr. John...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 May 2019

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

March 23

GUEST CURATOR: Zachary Dubreuil What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (March 23, 1769). “JUST PRINTED … PSALMS of DAVID.” Religion played an important role in the colonies. This advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Mar 2019

The Massacre, Black Lives, and Boys

Before departing this Massacre season, I want to call attention to Farah Peterson’s thought-provoking article in The American Scholar titled “Black Lives and the Boston Massacre.”Peterson, a law professor and legal historian at the University...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Mar 2019

March 13

GUEST CURATOR: Luke DiCicco What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (March 13, 1769). “The Reign of his MAJESTY KING GEORGE III.” This advertisement features an almanac sold by John Mein,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Mar 2019

A Concert “turned topsy turvy”

Though the Boston Whigs sneered that few young ladies attended the 22 Dec 1768 musical assembly at Concert Hall (as quoted yesterday), the 29 December Boston News-Letter gave the event more respectful coverage:Thursday evening, the Assembly...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Feb 2019

January 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Boston Chronicle (January 12, 1769). “The sittings of the superior and inferior courts … may be depended on as correct.” In January 1769, printers and booksellers...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jan 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

“In Bedlam’s lofty Numbers discordant Yankies Sing”

On the back of the sheet of paper giving the earliest lyrics of “The New Massachusetts Liberty Song,” which I believe is at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, someone has written another set of verses.This side is headed “Massachusetts...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Feb 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

“At my trial for caning Gill”

In April 1768 John Mein went on trial for assaulting rival printer John Gill. In fact, he faced two trials—in criminal and civil court.On 19 April the local magistrates cited Mein for criminal assault and fined him 40 shillings, or £2. Not...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Jan 2018

“Two violent blows…upon the back part of the head”

On 18 Jan 1768, John Mein of the Boston Chronicle asked Benjamin Edes of the Boston Gazette to identify “Americus,” who had attacked him in a newspaper essay. Edes refused.On 19 January, Mein asked again, hinting that this was a matter of...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Jan 2018

“I am come to demand the author of the piece you printed”

Yesterday I described how the 18 Jan 1768 Boston Gazette published a critique of John Mein and John Fleeming’s Boston Chronicle that insinuated they were “Jacobite” traitors to the British Empire.As a Scotsman, Mein was sensitive to...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jan 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

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