AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Stamp Act
Supplement to the Boston Gazette ... Monday, June 2, 1766 ... To him, whose guilty Conscience tells him, He is the Man ...
Boston: Edes & Gill, June 2, 1766. Broadsheet newspaper extra. 2pp.
Provenance: Hannibal Hamlin (inked stamp)
News of the repeal of the stamp act and the celebrations in Boston.
Although news of the repeal of the Stamp Act had first reached Boston on May 16, 1766, subsequent issues of Edes and Gill's Boston Gazette were devoted to the event. In this June 2 newspaper extra, the first column and a half of the first page is given over to a lengthy critique of Governor Francis Bernard, written anonymously by Dr. Joseph Warren under the pen name Paskalos under the above headline. During the Stamp Act controversy, Bernard had written letters to the London Board of Trade which were deemed by the Sons of Liberty as unsympathetic to the American position. This harsh letter by Warren would be the first of many in a tirade against the colonial governor, eventually leading Bernard to attempt and arrest Edes and Gill for libel. Also included in this newspaper extra are reports from the various Stamp Act celebrations in the colonies, most notably in Philadelphia, New York, Charleston (South Carolina), and Boston. An extract from a Hartford letter, however, reports that a celebration with fireworks had caused a school house to explode, resulting in significant casualties.