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For the MASSACHU3EI 13 bP \.
Mr. Thomas,
TH E repeated efforts of the tools of
the British ministry to emlavc Ame
rica, Ihould keep us always upon our guard.
Revenue ails, a pensioned Governor, Chief
Justice, AttorneyGencral,Admiralty Judge,
new fangled Courts of Inquiry, with their
attendant swarm of plunderers with which
we are surrounded, arc circumstances
that require the most animated exertions of
a people who regard their own fafety or
that of posterity ; for nothing less can pre
vent this country from falling a prey to
these State Vultures. Our enemies
being aware that a union of the colonies
will be a probable means topreferve us from
their ravages, are uling their utmost endea
vours to prevent it. Mr. Hutchinson,
who is poflefled of the chief feat in this
government, has told the Aflcmbly that his
Majesty (he should have said the ministry)
disapproves of our provincial committees of
correfpondcnce, he well knows that these
committees were appointed on purpose to
effect a union. We are now informed that
the poft-office is obftruding intelligence
from colony to colony, by (objecting the
news-papers to an enormous postage,
the fatal consequence of which if not pre
vented, is too notorious to be mentioned,
and nothing can prevent it but establishing
posts of our own, which may easily be done,
and reduce the price of postage considerably.
The noble example is set us in Maryland,
seconded by Philadelphia, and adopted by
New-York, from the former of which
places a constitutional post is already esta
blished, and there is the greatest proiped of
it is hither if encouraged by
our merchants, &c. as no doubt it will
when proper proposals are laid before them.
Thus a large sum annually extorted from
us by way of revenue and applied to injure
and distress, if not destroy us, will be wrest
ed out of the hands of our enemies, two
thirds perhaps be saved, and the residue
applied to purposes advantageous to our
AS the source of our public disturbances
was lately returning to his country
feat, about eight miles from this metropo
lis, he met an honest countryman who had
a hog to fell ; after agreeing upon a price
he told the man, if he would carry the hog
to his house, near half a mile back, he
would pay him the value thereof in money.
The bargain being made, they jogged along
together ; and by the way, he enquired of
him, what town he lived in, how their peo
ple liked the present extraordinary mea
sures, and whether they still continued to
drink tea, as usual. To which he received
answer, that the proceedings of the towns
in general, Boston in particular, met with
their warmest approbation ; and that their
women would sooner take rats-bane than
use any of the detested herb. The grandee,
continuing his enquiry, alkcd the man,
what they thought of the G r, and his
conduct ; as to that, replied he, I believe
he is bad enough, and it would be no mat
ter if he was hanged. Hanged 1 for what,
my honest friend ? returned his E y.
Why Sir, he has been the occasion of all
our uneafmefs for these ten years past ;
and I amperfuaded if he was once out of the
way, we should have better times again.
Odd’s rot him, I would think no more of
turning him up, than I would a rabbit.
Having by this time reached the house,
they dismounted ; and a servant was or
dered out to help the man with the hog.
After it was brought in, the man took an
opportunity to enquire of the servant, who
it was that lived in that house; who inform
ed him, that it was the G r — and pray
Sir, where is the gentleman ? which may
be his E y?He it was, replied the
servant, that you came in with. Was it
indeed ! said tlsc affrighted countryman,
who thinking he had committed trcafbn,
in telling the naked truth, immediately took
horse, and rode off, leaving both hog and
money behind him.
MONDAY, March 21.
Thursday the 14th of April next, is appoint
ed by authority, to be observed as a day of fall
ing and prayer throughout the province of
The 21H ult. about two o’clock, a smart
shock of an earthquake was felt at Weftova-,
tie feat of the Hon. William Byrd, Eiq; in
Virginia. The motion of the earth was so
great at Pcteriburgh and Blanford as to move
houses off their foundations.
We hear that Cap:. Weft, of the schooner
Hawk, belonging to balem and bound to Bal
timore, on the 7m ult. took up the crew of the
brig Fanny, Capt. Mofely, bound to Lil bon,
at the lia ard U die lives of his own people.
T I E S D A V, IkiarCh 22.
B O S TO N.* ‘
Wc hear that on the night of the 4 h instant,
the dwelling-nouie • f i'.lr. George Dyer, ci
Weft-Greenwich, was consumed by tire ; fuf
peded tobepurpofely done by one in rhe family.
And on the bth instant, the dwelling-house
cf Mr. Abicl B;own, of South Kingston, both
in Rhode-Ifland government, was likewise con
sumed by fire, together with most of the furni
ture and a coniiderahle quantity oi money :
The fire wa* occasioned by a child’s going into
a room with alighted candle where a quantity
of undrefl’ed flax was deposited.
New-York, March 10. His Excellency
Governor Tryon, with his Lady and Daugh
ter, have taken paflage for England, in the
Mercury Packet, which fails the Oth of April.
Charsltown [5. Curc/iw] Feb. 14.
Thursday last, being the day to which
the Genera! meeting of the inhabitants had
been adjourned, in order to obtain from
the Renrefentatives, then expected to have
fat in General Aflcmbly, the fenlc of the
people throughout the province, what reso
lutions, &c. would be most proper to be
generally entered into,at the present crisis ;
and the aflembling of the Rcprefentatives
having been prevented, by a prorogation
to the ift day of March next, it was
thought proper, after the following resolve
had been palled, further to adjourn the said
general meeting, to Thursday the 3d of
March next, being two days after the time
to which the General Aflcmbly now Hands,
“ IV. Resolved,as it is apprehended,in>
case there Ihould be any attempt to remove
the East-India Company’s tea from the
King’s warehouse where it now lies, unless
to be carried immediately on ihip-board, to
be returned to the proprietorsin England —
or any person Ihould imprudently, contrary
to the sense of the body of the people, let
any house, (lore, cellar, or veflel to hire, for
the reception of the said tea, it it Ihould
be propoled to be removed —or the said tea
or any part thereof, Ihould be offered or ex
posed for sale, before the present duty there
on be repealed—that the public peace
might be endangered : That in either of
thefecafes, the committee now appointed,
have it especially recommended to them,
tobe diligently watchful, and use every
means in their power, for themoft expedi
tious aflembling all the inhabitants of this
town, for preserving the public peace, and
to prevent, if possible, any ralh or unwar
rantable proceedings, whichmight drawre
fledions on the people indiferiminately,
ihould such removal be sale, &c. attempted.”
WEDNESDAY, March 23.
The following is an extrafi of a letter from
Phillis, a Negro Girl of Mr. Wheatley** of
this town,to the Reverend Sampson Qccom,wbtch
we are dejired to insert as a Jpcamcn of her in
genuity. It is dated the I \th of February, 1774.
“ Reverend and honoured Sir,
“ I have this day received your obliging.kind
epistle, and am greatly fatisfied wiih your rea
sons refpetting the negroes, and think highly
reasonable what you offer in vindication of
their natural rights : Those that invade
them cannot be insensible that the divine light
is insensibly chafing away the thick darknels
which broods over the land of Africa ; and the
Chaos which has reigned so long, is converting
into beautiful order, and reveals more and more
clearly, the glorious difpeniation of civil and
religious liberty, which are so inseparably unit
ed, that there is little or no enjoyment of one
without the other : Otherwise, perhaps die
Israelites had been less felicitous for their free
dom from Egyptian slavery ; I do not fay they
would have been contented without it, by no
means, for in every human breast, God has im
planted a principle, which we call love of free
dom ; it is impatient of opprcflion, and pants
for deliverance ; and by the leave of our modern
Egyptians I will aflert, chat the fame principle
lives in us. God grant deliverance in his own
way and time, and get him honour upon all
those whole avarice impels them to countenance
and help forward the calamities of their fellow
creatures. This I desire not for their hurt, but
to convince them of the strange absurdity cf
their conduct whole words and actions are Io
diametrically opposite. How well the cry for
liberty, and the reverse disposition for the exer
cise of oppreflive power over others agree—
I humbly think it does not require the penetra
tion of a philosopher to determine.”
* MARRIED.] Mr. John- Coffin Jones, mer
chant, to Miss Lee.
DIED.] Mrs. Attalanta Prichard, relid
of the late Capt. William Prichard, dcceafed.
—Mrs. Mary Biggs.—Mifs Sally Stone.—
At Salem, the Hon. Nathaniel Ropes,
Eiq; one of the Justices of the Superior Court.
At Brcckficld, Mrs. Katherine Upham.
At Marlborough, Mrs. Elizabeth Ha -
rington. At New-York, Capt. Thcmas
At Dublin, the Right Hon. Jame,
Fitzgerald, Duk- of Lemller. •Atßerwi, k,
New-Hamplhire, Mrs. Sarah Libbey, a; ed
88. She n-s liv.-d with her hulband 61 ye. rs,
and from her has proceeded 10 children, 92
grand children, a d 152 great-grand child.en,
in all 2)4.— —At Northampton, Cajt. Wil
liam LymaJU
T II u a B’D 1 Y. March .
B O b T O N.
The tonuaittre of correfpcr.di:itfc in this ft wn,
have received very jpiru to and judicious Inters,
front the rejpedivc committees in Jet.,al of tbs
neighbouring col nirs ; particularly tbt,e 0 N ,y-
Kork, Newport and Providence, on the Jubje.'l cj
eftablyhing new and conlhtuuo.i.il jujls uujpoji-
Ojfices, throughout Englijb dm.,uu ; injltad oj
inconsistently encouraging and Jupporting a
parliamentary ejlablijhment, that bath beta tbc
foundation of and precedent fir a Stamp- Ail, a
declaratory law for binding the colonies in ail
cases whatsoever ; a Fea duty, and other at
tempts to extort our money from us, and infringe on
our rights and privileges. The importance of the
drfign,the eligibility of the plan, and the propriety
of co-operating vith our brethren on this grand en
terprijc, Jenns to be Jo univerjally acknowledged by
the inhabitants of this to wn and neighbourhood,
that it is net doubted but Juch mtafures will le
adopted byt\c friends of thetr country, the guar
dians of cur liberties, as will ejfefinally ant wer
the purpoje, fatisfy the juji expectations of our
patriotic countrymen, to the foutb-ward, and be a
means ts Jlrcngtbening the union of the
colonies, on which pur freedom and bappinrfs cjfcn
tially depends,and which it is the wijh of our ene
mies to destroy, who are nonv exerting their utmost
endeavours to DIF IDE, that they may TI'RdN
IFe hear that Mr. Goddardpurpofes setting out
for Salem, Newbury, and Portjmonth, in a few
days, in order to lay the plan for eftablijhing con
stitutional Poft-Opfees throughout the colonies, before
the inhabitants of thoje great commercial towns,and
tofolicit their immediate ajfiftance for thej urtber
ance of the important design, in which he must, un
doubtedly receive the ebearful aid of every Jcnjible
clear-Jigbtcd and real fen of liberty.
Orders are received from the Earl of Dart
mouth to prevent the palling any more bills for
the naturalization of foreigners in the colonies.
Some of the resolutions and proceedings at
Bolton, against landing the East-India compa
ny’s tea, allo the account of exhibiting and
burning the effigy in New-York, arc publilhed
in the London papers.
Capt. Howard Ellen, in a Ihip from London,
is arrived at Virginia, having on board five
tons of halfpence.
Extrafi of a letter from LoAdon, Dec. 20, 1774.
“ The people here, who arc friends to Ame
rica, approve much of your merchants conduit
refpeding the tea, which you expected from
London, and are in great hopes that it will be
ali lent back.”
Ext rad of a letter from a gentleman poffenger, on
board a Jloop, "John Evans, master, boundfrom
Rhode-Ijland to Jamaica, dated Turks-ijland,
February 20, 1774.
“ In going through the paflage yesterday,
wc difeovered a man of war in the road, and
a boat in the offing, having eight armed men
in her ; Ilie boarded us, who informed it was
the Savage Hoop of war’s boat, and demanded
the Captain’s papers, who readily delivered
them After much abule and ill language
from the dirty officer, he ordered the Hoop to
tow the boat up to Turk’s llland. The Cap-
a number of gentlemen and ladies, paf
lengers on board, reasoned and expoitulatcd
with the officer upon the hardlhip an.i incon
veniency of the delay, as one of the ladies was
very near her time, &c. which produced nothing
but scurrilous language ; the man they ordered
to the helm was forced therefrom by the
Captain ; the officer then ordered his men in
the boat to fire upon those on the quarter-deck,
which they instantly obeyed, and Ihot Mr. Fin
later, a gentleman planter on the illand of
Jamaica, through the body. The flodp they
brought into the road, and the Captain and
mate detainedon board the Savage all night,
but the next day were released and permitted
to proceed on their voyage. The surgeon
drefied Mr. Finlater*! wound, and behaved
with politeness ; but it is doubtful whether he
will recover.”
We learn from Turk’s illand,that a fchooncr
I belonging to Salem, in her paflage f rom the
windward iftands, took up a boat with 2 white
persons and 4 negroes in her; and that when
they were about 2 leagues from the illand, was
boarded by a cutter belonging to the Savage
man of war, and carried into port, where the
Captain of the fchooncr attempted to fell part
of the negroes to pay the salvage for taking
them up, See. but the officers of the Savage held
a court upon the Captain of the fchooncr, and
tried him for Fe lo ny, as though he had ftolcn
the negroes ; but were obliged to acquit him :
lowever they took the negroes from him, in
order, as was supposed, to convert them to their
own use. •, r; •
We that Capt. Brown of Connecticut,
on his paflage put into Newport harbour, Jail
week, wheie he received very great abuie from
an officer of the Magdalen armed fohooner ;
the particulars of which we have not yet re
We hear that Captain McFadden, in a fine
new Ihip, belonging to Mr. William Dennie,
from this port lor Jamaica, w.scaft away in
going into that harbour.
DIED.] Mr, Joseph Gale.
New-York, Marca 15. Notice is hereby
given, that the feus of liberty will meet on
Thursday night, at 7 o’clock, in every week,
at the house of Mr. Jasper Drake, till the ar
rival and departure of Cue Tea Ship.
THE Plymouth IWxftan pr-lent tbehrcompliment! <0
Joves jun. and alk the faovr of him to m»k«
I pteparation for a reception of a fcleftCommittYC trom dxir
who ptopcik to ouMw ths MskopUu with •
i fooo. A.
B>sT3n, March 19.
Ci'hn iaa A2a.n. f,om Norlli Csrouiu ;
f-i, pn. and K.'uip, Min laid ; w.iune;, N’w-H...ei.
Ewdi, ; H irits, N.'W-uo Mon , Vici:inr .»J
Whk'titr a. Sui uiuu ; Grenada and Sa. ertu'i ;
Aiki't., S:. Luoa ; Rager., lu>M-iila<4i ,
I Lipan.ma.
NawsuaY-PoaT, Match 9.
Arbi van. Jcne»« St. Lucia.
I’l sc a 1 March IU.
/tKßivtn. Hill and Jane* horn Si. Lucia { Cie,
Virginia; Goodwin, Turk* Lund j iiut., New i oik ;
Eidcrkhi, Rhode-M’.and.
RHOOF.-I«t Ann, March 14.
Awn ivr r. Potter, Turk.-Illand j Dunwdl,Hifpaniola;
TilEngfoft, Girn ida and Hrfpaniula; Grte i, l.lequcboar.d
Salieituda ; Lipp.:, Georgia, Nouu audilauh, Virginia;
C try, Maryland ; Wilborn, Hispaniola , Warner, l urk.
Illand; Wcilgate, l*iuliddp|iia ; Chace, Tnks-lllind.
Annapoi i', (Maryland) March y.
Abrivbd. Hudibu mull Liverpool ;*Auuour, Hispa
niola ; Tuck, Salem; Bracket, Burton ; Mullet, London;
Shrakei, Nrwurtle ; Nowelb PikaUqua ; Gray, Borton ;
*Jehan, Gucrn’ey ; Conway; Virginia; Campbell, London.
I'nii.aorlfhia, March 9.
Anßivr p. Her.Jerfon iidm Cadis ; Martin, Thomp
son and Dcklync, Hispaniola ; Palmer, Martmico ; Conyng
ham, Porto-Rico i Callie, Ferrol; Cox, Grenada; Coc >.an
and Inklun, St. Eurtatia ; Hunter, Honduras ; ShieE, Ja
mii i ; Bingley, Lilbun ; Wilkinlon, Barbados; Tl.uuip
fon, Dunn and Atkina, Boston ; Muurc, South-Carolina ;
Wright, New-York.
This Day,
At O N E o'duck,
At tlic Bunch of (.rarer Tavern, in King-Street,
A Brick House, Land, Wharf and Dock*
near the Swing Bridge, now improved l>y Mr.
Thomas Lee. - -The House is large and well built, and
has every accommodation needed by a gentleman in trade.
Also, a new Store, Chaile-Huufc and Barnon Wentworth's
wharf, near the Draw-Bridge, with part of the Wharf and
N. B. The above premises are part of the Real Eftatc
of Thomas Tyler, Esq; late of Boston, deceased, and are
the fame that were designed to have been told last Thui(day.
J. RUSSELL, Auctioneer.
At TE N in the Morning,
WiU be (old by PUB LI C VENDUE,
At RUSSELL'S Autlion-Room, in Qucen-ftrwt,
A LARGE and valuable aHortment of
ENGLISH GOODS, the particulars of wluch
will be in next M-mday’s papers.
J. RUSSELL, Auctioneer.
. - .... .. —
I’aken by Execution.
And to be Sold on WEDNESDAY next.
At the Royal-Exchange Tavern, in King-Street.
At ONE o'clock, P. M.
A Neat fall back CHAISE and a SULKEY
with harnelTcs conpieat. They maybe seen at the
tunc and place of sale.
M. BICKER, Auflioneer.
N. B. Said Bicker has for sale at his AuCtlon-Room,
hear the Market, a large aflbrtment of Woolen GOODS,
with many other article*, which he has orders to fell at an
uncommon low rate. ( The fterlingcoft is not expcCted)
A SMART LAD is wanted, as an
Apprentice, to the BRICKLAYERS BUSINESS,
Enquire of the Printer.
At ELEVEN o’clock,
Will be fold bv PUBLIC VENDUE,
BICKER’s Auction-Room,
Near the Conduit,
a GREAT' Variety of GOODS, as
J\ usual. M. BI CK ER, Auctioneer.
TH E Proprietors of the Boston Pier or
Long-Wharf so called in Boston, are hereby notified
to meet at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern, in King-street,
Boston, on Thursday the seventh dty of April next at
three o'clook, P. M. then and there to chufe a Moderator,
Wharfinger, Clerk, Agent, &c. and generally to do and
tranfaCl all other matter* that may then be laid before them.
The proprietors are desired to take particular notice, that if
the proprietors of two third parts of the interest Ihali not
appear on said seventh day of April, as was the case at their
annual meeting of this day, such proprietors as may be
present will proceed on the bufinefa heforementioned, by
virtue of provision in that case made by an ad of tha
General Court,
Boston, 23 March, 1774.
To be S O L D,
Ext.-emeiy Cheap for Calh, or flwrt Credit,
Of any kind of Merchandize,
jQi ten months old, between fifty and
/Mi /fj® ftxty tom burthen, well sou d and
« good a veflel of
her size as is in America. Enquire
•X-rTi r of the Printer.
N. B. Said Schooner may be
chartered if for a long voyage.
ALL pei fom indebted to, or have any de
mand* on the late company of AARON DAVIS,
jun. and COMPANY, are delated to make speedy settle
ment with WALES and SOMES, the two lur
viving partners, at their store the upper corner, going oh
MiK«>tsT. At which store is to be SOL D,
Good BAIT MACKREL, SALMON in Barrels orKeglg
New FLOUR, BAR IR ON; a Quantity of twice
laid RIGOING and JUNK.
Widow of the hte Joseph DawGn, Gardner,
At the CO L D BATH, New Boston,
Has fur S A L E, at the lowtft rates f>r calh,
AL A R G E collodion of grafted
and inocuhred F.ngliih FRUIT T R E E %
of ali kinds ; also, a large number of young Apple Trees,
railed from the Seed ; likewise Cootbury and Current
Boihe., Laylock Trees, Flower Roots, 6cc.
An aflbrtn«.nt si GARDEN SEEDS, imported
from London, with an aflurment of ditto railed beie* the
latter being most proper for the Weft-Indwa.
Any Gentlemen or Ladies who may wait any of the
above articles, and w.H favour die Lud Da w son with their
cuft wn, may depend upon the belt of and tker
voors gratefully acknowledged.
WANTED immediately, a mai:,
who write* ago ri hand,and undrrttaiuu acromp.*,
and can be recommci.dcii fes hu foiWwatfe »A*
of Jir print*.

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