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November 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (November 13, 1769). “My Character of an honest and industrious Woman can be asserted to all who may inquire.” Runaway wife...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Nov 2019

“Pool Spear informs, that last Week he heard one Kilson a Soldier…”

I’ve been looking into Pool Spear, the Boston tailor accused of tarring and feathering sailor George Gailer in October 1769.A little more than four months after that event, the young apothecary Richard Palmes met Spear near the center of town on...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Nov 2019

November 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (November 9, 1769). “The Whole of which were imported by himself before the Non-Importation Agreement took Place.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Nov 2019

Lexington and Concord: A Case Study in Leadership and Direct Action

The British approach to its American colony in 1775 offers valuable lessons for historians and military professionals in the synthesis between the levels of... The post Lexington and Concord: A Case Study in Leadership and Direct Action appeared first...

Seeking Refuge in the Valley

We finally broke free of Salem for the last weekend of Haunted Happenings—-in the nick of time! It’s just been such a busy month, but on Saturday we abandoned all of our responsibilities and drove west to the Connecticut River Valley to visit...
From: streets of salem on 28 Oct 2019

William Browne: Justice, Councilor, but Not Coffee-House Brawler

Technical difficulties—i.e., a power outage after a storm, and attendant recovery work—threw off my posting schedule this week. I hope to catch up over the next few days.The last posting quoted merchant captain Mungo Mackay describing William...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Oct 2019

October 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (October 17, 1769). “JUST PUBLISHED … A Volume of Curious Papers.” A brief advertisement in the October 17, 1769, edition of the Essex Gazette (published...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Oct 2019

October 14

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Providence Gazette (October 14, 1769). “Subscribers are desired to send for their Books.” The day after a notice concerning the publication of “A COLLECTION of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 14 Oct 2019

October 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (October 13, 1769). “Subscribers are desired to send for their Books.” Subscription notices for books regularly appeared in colonial newspapers,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Oct 2019

October 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Weekly News-Letter (October 12 1769). “We have suffered much by the generous Sacrifice of the Mercantile Interest to the public Freedom and...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 Oct 2019

Falling for Folk Art

This week I’m focused on spectacular examples of folk art. On Sunday I was up in my hometown of York, Maine, where I heard a great talk at the Old York Historical Society by Karina Corrigan, the curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum,...
From: streets of salem on 10 Oct 2019

October

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette and Boston Post-Boy (October 2, 1769). “The approbation of all Free born Souls and true Sons of Liberty.” Thomas Mewse, “Lately from England,”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Oct 2019

“Copies of which are lately come over here”

On 20 Jan 1769, William Bollan, the Massachusetts Council’s agent—i.e., lobbyist—in London, sent urgent copies of seven letters to the senior member of the Council, Samuel Danforth. Six of those letters were from Gov. Francis Bernard...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Oct 2019

September 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Chronicle (September 28, 1769). “Will be READ, THE BEGGARS OPERA.” The itinerant performer who staged a one-man rendition of The Beggar’s Opera in Providence...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Sep 2019

Massachusetts Privateers During the Siege of Boston

Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Grand Army surrounded Boston and began to lay siege to it. The Massachusetts Committee of... The post Massachusetts Privateers During the Siege of Boston appeared first on Journal of the...

August 31

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (August 31, 1769).“The Store … was broke open and rob’d.” The August 31, 1769, edition of Richard Draper’s Massachusetts...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 31 Aug 2019

Augustine Barrett, Escaped British Prisoner of War, Pleads his Case

“About five weeks after he made his escape from Prospect hill,” Augustine Barrett told the board of inquiry, “he was confined in the Prison... The post Augustine Barrett, Escaped British Prisoner of War, Pleads his Case appeared first...

Fridge List for Fall 2019

Kimberly Alexander Upcoming Talks for Fall 2019:Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era andFashioning the New England FamilySeptember 9, 7:00pmWiggin Memorial Library and Stratham Historical Society, Stratham, NHFashioning the 18th...
From: SilkDamask on 21 Aug 2019

August 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (August 17, 1769).“A Negro Woman that can do Household Work, to let out by the Year.” In the era of the American Revolution, enslavement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Aug 2019

August 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (August 11, 1769). “Most of these Papers will, probably, be irrecoverably lost in a few Years, unless they be preserved by Printing.” During the...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Aug 2019

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