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Resolutions Shared by Two Towns 300 Miles Apart

The year was 1773. On May 10, Parliament had passed the Tea Act allowed the East India Company to sell tea directly to the... The post Resolutions Shared by Two Towns 300 Miles Apart appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Contrasting Reactions to the Massachusetts Convention

Massachusetts towns had a range of responses to Boston’s invitation in September 1768 to come to a Convention in Faneuil Hall and discuss the province’s grievances. The 26 Sept 1768 Boston Gazette proudly ran a dispatch from Petersham in Worcester...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Sep 2018

“The People are to be left to use their own Discretion”

The Liberty riot of 10 June 1768 wasn’t just about the seizure of John Hancock’s sloop for alleged Customs violations. It was also about how H.M.S. Romney, which helped in that seizure, had been impressing sailors in Boston harbor. Of course,...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2018

“The whole Town was in the utmost Consternation and Confusion”

In a 17 June 1768 letter to his patron, the Marquess of Rockingham, Boston Customs Collector Joseph Harrison laid out the Liberty riot that he had triggered on the 10th. A crowd of angry waterfront workers attacked the naval boats removing John Hancock’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jun 2018

April 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Newport Mercury (April 25, 1768).“John Stevens, near Liberty-Tree.” In the spring of 1768 Charles Dunbar, a gardener, placed an advertisement in the Newport Mercuryto...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Apr 2018

December 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (December 4, 1767).“At his Shop between LIBERTY TREE and the Sign of the White Horse.” During the era of the American Revolution, advertised had...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Dec 2017

November 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Massachusetts Gazette (November 5, 1767).“At his Shop opposite LIBERTY-TREE, BOSTON.” John Gore, Jr., sold a “fresh assortment of English and India GOODS …...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Nov 2017

Where Was Christopher Seider Buried?

After young Christopher Seider was killed on 22 Feb 1770, where was he buried?A marker in the Granary Burying Ground (shown here) bears his name under those of the five people who died the following month after the Boston Massacre. But that’s not...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Oct 2017

April 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (April 23, 1767).“At his Shop opposite LIBERTY-TREE, Boston.” Other than his name, “LIBERTY-TREE, Boston” appeared in the largest font...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Apr 2017

We Actually Have Two New American Revolution Museums

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia isn’t the only new museum focusing on that important national transition. Last month I attended one of the opening days of the other one, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. And it’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Apr 2017

“Seeing him buried under Liberty Tree”

On 22 Aug 1774, the Boston Gazette carried a small item at the end of its front-page news from Britain:Died, a few days since, at Backway, near Cambridge, Philip Billes, Esq: possessed of a considerable fortune, which he had left to two gentlemen, no...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Nov 2016

Looking at a Lantern

This lantern is in the collection of the Bostonian Society. According to its description, these words are painted on the bottom:This LANTERN was on the Northwest Bough, (opposite Frog-lane), of the LIBERTY TREE; Illuminated last night with several hundred...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 May 2016

Lanterns on Liberty Tree

On the night of Monday, 19 May 1766, with fireworks going off all over Boston Common to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act, Whigs hung forty-five lanterns on Liberty Tree in the South End.That number had plenty of political symbolism. The royal government...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 May 2016

An Anti-Stamp Stamp

In the second quarter of 2016, the U.S. Postal Service will issue this stamp commemorating the repeal of the Stamp Act. Which makes this a stamp celebrating the end of another stamp.Linn’s Stamp News & Insights reports, “The stamps will...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Dec 2015

What Sort of Gift Do You Get for a 250th Anniversary?

I’ve been promoting awareness of the Sestercentennial of the American Revolution, in part by describing what happened in the American colonies 250 years ago and in part by using the word “sestercentennial” a lot. On Monday, 30 November,...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Nov 2015

“There’s that Villain H—k”

On 1 Nov 1765, Bostonians hung two men in effigy from Liberty Tree. One was George Grenville, the prime minister who had sponsored the Stamp Act.The other was identified in the newspapers as “J–hn H–sk–” or “J—n...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Nov 2015

“The day the stamp-Act was to take Place”

The Stamp Act was scheduled to take effect on the first day of November in 1765. After that date, all courts in British North America were supposed to reject filings that weren’t on stamped paper. All ships leaving American ports on or after that...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Nov 2015

Revolutionary Talks at the A.A.S. this Fall

The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester has a bunch of interesting public lectures in the next few weeks.Thursday, 22 October, 7:00 P.M.Linda K. Kerber, “Looking Back on Women of the Republic”Each year the Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Oct 2015

“Fixed their Standard upon the Tree of Liberty”

It took until 16 Sept 1765 for Edes and Gill’s Boston Gazette to report on the ceremony that gave a name to Liberty Tree. And by then the paper had to respond to the earlier report in the Boston News-Letter (full title: Massachusetts Gazette and...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Sep 2015

Friends of the Royal Government on Liberty Tree

I want to go back to that first report of the naming of Liberty Tree in Boston on 11 Sept 1765. That happened on a Wednesday, which meant the first newspaper to carry the story was Richard Draper’s Boston News-Letter—which supported the Crown....
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Sep 2015

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