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BRITAIN REPEALS THE STAMP ACT Important colonial newspaper reporting on the repeal of the notorious Stamp Act, The Boston Gazette, May 26, 1766, 4pp. small folio. This important story is reported on page two, in part: "...To the inexpressible Joy of all...the important News of the repeal of the Stamp Act, which was signed by His Majesty the 18th March last...the Bells in the Town were set a ringing, the Ships in the Harbour display'd their Colours...in the evening were several bonfires...by the Generosity of some Gentlemen...our Gaol was freed of Debtors...Train of Artillery fired a Royal Salute...Sons of Liberty erected a magnificent Pyramid, illuminated with 280 lamps...On top of the Pyramid was fix'd a round Box of Fireworks John Hancock, Esq., who gave a grand and eloquent entertainment to the genteel Part of Town, and treated the Populace with a Pipe of Madeira Wine, erected at the Front of his House, which was magnificently illuminated...Discharge of twelve Rockets from each Stage...Mr. Otis and some other Gentlemen...kept Open House...". Much, much more fine content revolving around the celebration of the repeal of this odious law. A fine association copy: this paper bears the library stamp of Lincoln's vice president, Hannibal Hamlin! A bit roughly disbound, light toning, else very good.
Estimate $ 700-900

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