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May 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “If offered for sale … it’s desir’d it may be stopt, and Advice given … by publishing it in the Papers.” Lost and found advertisements...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 12 May 2021

May 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “An ODE set to Music, consecrated to the memory the Rev. GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” In the months immediately after the death of George Whitefield on September 30, 1770, a...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 May 2021

“At the time the said Horse and Sulky was furnished”

The challenges of managing Lt. Col. Abijah Brown drew me away from the episode that initially drew my attention to him—Col. Richard Gridley’s 1786 request to the Continental Congress to reimburse him for the cost of a horse killed at Bunker...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 May 2021

Commanding Lt. Col. Abijah Brown

As I related yesterday, Lt. Col. Abijah Brown chose not to reenlist in the Continental Army for the year 1776. He remained in Waltham as the army moved south.But Brown remained active in the Massachusetts militia. As much of a headache as he was to work...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 May 2021

Lt. Col. Abijah Brown in the Fight

After Lt. Col. Abijah Brown and his Waltham company reported to the Massachusetts army at Cambridge in late May 1775, there was a question of what regiment they should belong to.As of 19 April, Brown was a major in Thomas Gardner’s Middlesex County...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 May 2021

“The secret resentment of designing persons”

In late May 1775, the Massachusetts committee of safety received a message from Abijah Brown of Waltham reporting that he had delivered three cannon to Watertown as ordered, and that he was their “most obedient and most humble servant.”But...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 May 2021

“Representing the General and Committees as a set of idiots”

As I related yesterday, in April 1775 the Massachusetts Provincial Congress’s committee of safety ordered Abijah Brown of Waltham to prepare three cannon for use. Then, about three weeks later, the congress ordered him to deliver those three guns...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 May 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A Sermon … By the Rev. Mr. WHITEFIELD.” Following the death of George Whitefield in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1770, printers, booksellers,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 May 2021

How Maj. Abijah Brown Went to War

Abijah Brown was born in Watertown in 1736, and on 24 May 1758, at the age of twenty-one, he married Sarah Stearns of Waltham.Their first child, Abijah, Jr., was born in Watertown the following March. By the next year they had moved to Waltham, where...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 May 2021

May 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Lower Terms than can be at any Shop or Store in the Province.” Although “Sadler and Jockey Cap-Maker” Richard Sharwin signed his entire name at the end...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 May 2021

Col. Gridley’s Half-Pay

Last year I wrote two postings about Maj. Scarborough Gridley’s attempt to wring some money from the Continental government after he was cashiered from his own father’s regiment in September 1775. In the same period Scar Gridley’s father,...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 Apr 2021

April 25

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Many other Advertisements for want of Room must be deferred till next Week.” On April 25, 1771, Richard Draper, the printer of the Massachusetts Gazette and Boston...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 25 Apr 2021

Case Study of a Wounded Provincial

At Historical Nerdery, Alexander Cain just shared an essay by Joel Bohy and Douglas D. Scott, who have been studying musket balls and the damage they can cause. In this particular posting, that damage was to the body of John Robbins, who was standing...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Apr 2021

April 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “This Sermon contains a summary Account of Mr. WHITEFIELD’S Life.” When George Whitefield, one of the most prominent ministers associated with the eighteenth-century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Apr 2021

Tay, Hayward, and the Massachusetts Government

On 19 Apr 1775, William Tay, Jr., of Woburn helped to storm a house along the Battle Road, kill two redcoats, and capture the third. He claimed that man’s arms for his own.The only problem, as Tay saw it, was that Lt. Joseph Hayward of Concord came...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Apr 2021

William Tay, Jr., Enters the Fight

Here’s a first-person account of the opening day of the Revolutionary War from William Tay, Jr., of Woburn. There was a long sequence of William Tays in Woburn, and the “Jr.” suffix suggests this account came from the middle of the three...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Apr 2021

Print Media and Isaiah Thomas

‘Tis to ye Press & Pen we Mortals owe All we believe & almost all we know: —George Fischer, The American Instructor: or, Young... The post Print Media and Isaiah Thomas appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

“Strict Examination into the Affair of taring, feathering & carting Owen Richards”

Yesterday’s posting quoted two accounts of the assault on Customs employee Owen Richards on 18 May 1770. Richards and a colleague had caught a ship’s captain from Connecticut trying to sneak in undeclared barrels of sugar. They refused a bribe...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Apr 2021

April 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Too many Articles to be enumerated.” Merchants and shopkeepers frequently published extensive advertisements in eighteenth-century newspapers.  Those advertisements...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Apr 2021

April 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “At the Black Boy and Butt.” Two advertisements in the April 1, 1771, edition of the Boston Evening-Post featured Black bodies on display, either as part of a device...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Apr 2021

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