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Edes, Benjamin (1732-1803) Boston gazette and country journal. [No. 1235 (April 27, 1778)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06604 Author/Creator: Edes, Benjamin (1732-1803) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Newspaper Date: 27 April 1778 Pagination: 4 p. : newspaper ; 40.5 x 26 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses military matters pertaining to the Revolutionary War. Reports on governmental matters related to the Continental Congress, including taxation, acts of Congress, and business proceedings of the East India Company. Includes a lengthy statement from Perez Morton defending himself from the "false suggestion, and gross misrepresentations of a man ... that I had undertaken in the way of my professions to free the negroes, who were held as slaves in this state. This charge I there not only utterly denied, but pledged my honor to clear up : assuring him, that in no single instance ... was the right of holding them as slaves ever made a question ... " Public notices appear on the last page.

Background Information: Perez Morton, from Boston, served as a lawyer, orator, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and attorney-general of Massachusetts. Benjamin Edes printed the Gazette during the American Revolution.

People: Edes, Benjamin, 1732-1803
Morton, Perez, 1751-1837

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryContinental CongressCongressGovernment and CivicsTaxes or TaxationLawMerchants and TradeCommerceSlaveryEmancipationAfrican American HistoryAbolition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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