1769 · Philadelphia
In addition to information on foreign affairs this issue contains two columns of text which print an exchange of letters between the Selectmen of Boston (including John Hancock) and Massachusetts Royal Governor Francis Bernard. The Letters are the Selectmen's Protest against the quartering of British troops in Boston; and Bernard's hostile response, condemning the "recent disorders" in Boston resulting from British imposition of various taxes.
Governor Bernard's uncompromising policies and harsh tactics in Massachusetts angered the colonists and were instrumental in the building of broad-based opposition within the province to the rule of Parliament in the events leading to the American Revolution. He was recalled to England in 1769, and Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson became acting governor. When Bernard left Boston on August 1, 1769 the town held an impromptu celebration, decorated the Liberty Tree, and rang church bells. A very rare issue.
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