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A Video Tour with Bridget Barbara: New York City’s Bowling Green and the Statue of King George III

The bronze Charging Bull sculpture is not the only iconic statue to have stood at the southern tip of Manhattan. In 1770, a large... The post A Video Tour with Bridget Barbara: New York City’s Bowling Green and the Statue of King George III appeared...

July 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “86—.” For several weeks in 1771, Nesbitt Deane promoted “HATS, MANUFACTURED by the Advertiser” in the New-York Journal.  His advertisements concluded with “86—,”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Jul 2021

The Troubled Relationship Between Clinton and Cornwallis and their “War” after the War

A search for scapegoats is certain to follow a lost war, and in the wake of the British disaster at Yorktown in October 1781... The post The Troubled Relationship Between Clinton and Cornwallis and their “War” after the War appeared first on Journal...

The Vermont Constitution of 1777

If the gunfire at Lexington and Concord was the “shot heard round the world,” the phrases in the Declaration of Independence were the words... The post The Vermont Constitution of 1777 appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

July 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “THE imprudent Behaviour of my Son JESSE HALL, lays me under the painful Necessity of forwarning all Persons from harbouring or concealing him.” Conradt Wolff lamented that...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 3 Jul 2021

July 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A continuance of the same circumspect conduct and integrity.” In the late 1760s and early 1770s, John Coghill Knapp regularly advertised the services he provided at the “Scrivener,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 1 Jul 2021

June 27

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Work that has been damag’d by Watch-Butchers, repair’d.” For more than a year, starting in the winter of 1769 and continuing well into the summer of 1770, watchmakers John...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 27 Jun 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “ADVERTISEMENTS of a moderate Length (accompanied with the Pay) are inserted in this Paper three Weeks for Four Shillings Lawful Money.” Today marks two thousand days of production...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Jun 2021

Man from 1818 Predicts USA of the Future

Originally printed in The Pocket Magazine in 1818; transcribed in 2021 by Stephen Basdeo, a writer and historian based in Leeds. One of the things I like to do as an occasional book collector is to find odd volumes of nineteenth-century periodicals—and...

“Mounted on the goat richly caparisoned for the occasion”

Robert Donkin was born in 1727 and by the eventful year of 1745 was an officer in the British army. In the Seven Years’ War he served as an aide to Gen. Thomas Fowke and Gen. William Rufane. In 1772 Capt. Donkin married Mary Collins, daughter of a clergyman....
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Jun 2021

June 13

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “James Sloan … hath thought proper to advertise me his Wife for absconding from him.” In the wake of marital discord in the Sloan household, James placed an advertisement...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jun 2021

June 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “We shall refer for particulars to our general catalogue now printing.” Booksellers, like other purveyors of consumer goods, often listed their merchandise in their advertisements. ...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Jun 2021

Ferling Reputations for Clinton and Cornwallis

I claim only a basic knowledge of the southern campaigns of the Revolutionary War, but I’ve long had the impression that these are the standard assessments of two British commanders:Gen. Lord Cornwallis, despite losing at Yorktown, was a competent commander...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jun 2021

“Thereby prevent Inoculation amongst them”

On 25 May 1776, the New York provincial congress sent Gen. George Washington its report about Continental Army officers undergoing inoculation against smallpox. The congress’s inquiry was instigated by information from Dr. Isaac Foster of the army,...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 May 2021

The Pious Mary Anne Deane (1718-1807)

Mary  Anne Deane was born about 1718 and was believed to be the daughter of John Deane, Governor of India, who died about 1752. Sadly, it’s proving difficult to find anything about this lady’s early life. Teapot with Lid and Cup Inscribed with the...
From: All Things Georgian on 26 May 2021

“Confined in the New Goal of the city of New York”

The four Massachusetts men I named yesterday weren’t the only Continental officers trying to be inoculated against smallpox in May 1776.Members of the New York committee investigating that incident spoke with Glorianna Betts, wife of the inoculating...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 May 2021

William Babcock and His Inaccurate Pension Application

The Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston defines primary sources as “immediate, first-hand documents of a topic, from people who had a... The post William Babcock and His Inaccurate Pension Application appeared first on Journal of...

“To return to a proper sence of his Duty to his Country”

On 23 Jan 1776, the New York committee of safety sent Dr. Azor Betts and two other men to the local committee in charge of Kingston in Ulster County. The provincial committee told their colleagues to lock those men in the town jail since their “wicked...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 May 2021

“Azor Betts be sent to Ulster county jail”

As I quoted yesterday, on 20 May 1776 Gen. George Washington ordered that no one associated with the Continental Army should be inoculated against smallpox.Four days later, Dr. Isaac Foster appeared before the General Committee of the City of New York...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 May 2021

“ No Person whatever, belonging to the Army, is to be innoculated for the Small-Pox”

This being the two-week anniversary of my second vaccination against Covid-19, I’m going to celebrate by looking at a controversy around inoculation in 1776.By then it was no longer controversial that inoculation programs helped protect individuals...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 May 2021

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