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Happy Birthday, Isaiah Thomas!

Isaiah Thomas, patriot printer and founder of the American Antiquarian Society, was born on January 30 (January 19 Old Style) in 1749.  It’s quite an historical coincidence that the three most significant printers in eighteenth-century America...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Jan 2019

More Maneuvering about the Manufactory

Boston 1775 readers might remember the conflict over the Manufactory House that occurred in October 1768, soon after the British regiments arrived in Boston. The soldiers’ “siege” of the building was surprisingly short, given all the...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Jan 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Massachusetts Gazette (January 19, 1769). “At his House next Door to the Sign of the Three Kings in Cornhill.” When Benjamin Adams placed an advertisement in Draper’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jan 2019

Three Decades of Historical Context

The Saga of the Brazen Head started in 1730 with the first appearance of brazier James Jackson in the Boston newspapers, and it’s reached the year 1759.What else was happening in New England in three decades? If we look at readily available timelines...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Jan 2019

The Brazen Head and a Bridge in Newbury

An item one could buy at the Sign of the Brazen Head in 1759, but which Mary Jackson didn’t list in her advertising, was a lottery ticket. We know that from an ad that appeared in the Boston Evening-Post on 30 April:The Drawing of Newbury Lottery(the...
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Jan 2019

January 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (January 5, 1769).“Most of these Papers will, probably, be irrevocably lost in a few Years, unless they be preserved by Printing.”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jan 2019

January 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (December 29, 1768).“Choice Fresh Lemmons.” Readers of the December 29, 1768, edition of Richard Draper’s Massachusetts Gazette...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Jan 2019

“Richard Fry, Stationer, Bookseller, Paper-maker, and Rag Merchant”

In September 1728 the Massachusetts General Court promoted local paper manufacturing by granting a ten-year patent to a group of investors that included Daniel Henchman, Benjamin Faneuil, and Thomas Hancock. Those partners built a mill in Milton and delivered...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Dec 2018

December 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (December 8, 1768).“New-England FLOUR MUSTARD … superior in Strength and Flavor to any IMPORTED.” Although he carried some...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Dec 2018

“Whether we are or are not a proper garrison town”

It’s time for another peek into the Boston Whigs’ complaints about soldiers being stationed in their town. Here’s the entry from their “Journal of Occurrences” dated 30 Nov 1768, or 250 years ago today.An honourable gentleman...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Nov 2018

A Baptismal Apron Embroidered by Mary Woodbury, c. 1735

I thought you might enjoy the story connected with this baptismal apron, c. 1735. Currently on view in Fashioning the New England Family at the Massachusetts Historical Society (10/2018-4/2019;, it was embroidered by Mary Woodbury...
From: SilkDamask on 18 Nov 2018

A Revolution in Mottoes: Newspaper Mastheads and the American Revolution

In early 2017, the Washington Post debuted a new masthead with the motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” At about the same time, the New... The post A Revolution in Mottoes: Newspaper Mastheads and the American Revolution appeared first on Journal...

November 7

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Boston Evening-Post (November 7, 1768).“A large Assortment of the following Goods.” William Scott operated a store on the “North Side of Faneuil Hall, next Door...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 7 Nov 2018

“No appointment of this sort could have been more unpopular”

As described last week, on 26 Oct 1768 Gov. Francis Bernard told his Council that the royal army had started renting buildings around the center of Boston to convert into barracks.That news couldn’t have come as a surprise to the Boston Whigs. Three...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Nov 2018

“Compleat Quarters were provided for all the troops”

Yesterday we left Gov. Francis Bernard stymied by both Boston’s justices of the peace and the Massachusetts Council in his effort to secure barracks for the king’s troops in Boston closer than Castle William. By his own account, Bernard told...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Nov 2018

“Your Excellency will therefore excuse our doing anything”

During the conflict over the Manufactory building, Gov. Francis Bernard was still pushing other ways to find housing for the two-plus regiments in town.The governing law was the Quartering Act of 1765. That required colonies to provide barracks for army...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Nov 2018

“The siege of the Manufactory House still continues”

Yesterday we left the Manufactory building (shown above in its role as the Massachusetts Bank in the 1790s) under siege by British troops, who themselves were surrounded by townspeople. The crisis over where those soldiers would spend the winter had come...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Oct 2018

“His honour the Lieut. Governor, condescended to come”

And speaking of Lt. Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, on 19 Oct 1768—250 years ago today—he entered the conflict over the Manufactory House in Boston. Even before the regiments arrived, some army officers had scouted that big, province-owned building...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2018

Maneuvers Around the Manufactory

When Gov. Francis Bernard finally convinced his Council to agree to let the army use the Manufactory building as barracks, he knew that wouldn’t be the end of the issue.He reported to London:The next thing to be done was to clear the Manufactory-House,...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Oct 2018

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