Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 19

Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...if they would sign their names need do nothing more to blast the credit of everything they say" (Hutchinson to Williams, September 18, 1769, Williams Papers). If Mein's facts are correct, then the merchants of Boston and Salem, and notably John Hancock, were doing a fairly prosperous freighting business in goods made contraband by the merchants. The explanations given by the latter are not convincing, and that they were not convincing to the merchants of New York and Philadelphia, the sequel was to prove. The latter frequently quoted Mein's sheets and pamphlet. In the face of the facts given, it is hardly a sufficient defence of Hancock to say that his "name will shine in the records of fame when infamous J acobites and Tories will sink in oblivion," however true that statement may be as a prophecy (Boston Gazette, October 9, 1769). Mein was the first active opponent of the non-importation movement in America, and the information that he furnished did much to bring about its failure, for, as he says himself, "The Rupture between the Boston Faction and the combining colonies of N. York and Philadelphia will be evinced from their own advertisements; for the accusations brought by the latter against the former could be drawn from no other source than the publications of your Memorialist " (Public Record Oflice, Treasury 1: 478, f. 480). the movement. He left New England permanently some time after 1771.2 In the meantime information was received by the merchants that Philadelphia and New York were sending orders to England for goods to be shipped in case the acts should be repealed. As the ' The acrostic containing the line M ean is the man, M--n is his name is printed in our Publications, more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236973941
  • 9781236973948