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#436 - Revolutionary War: Lexington-Concord

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“The blood of our BRETHREN is poured out like water by a detachment of HIS MAJESTY’S troops”

Original issue of the Pennsylvania Evening Post, four pages numbered 327–330, 8 x 10, Saturday, July 29, 1775. Printed in Philadelphia “by Benjamin Towne, in Front-Street, near the London Coffee-House.” The first article states that a captain of a ship from Salem arrived on May 28th with “papers dated the 25th of April last, which mention an engagement having happened on the nineteenth of the same month with the Bostonians, who killed and wounded one hundred and sixty of the regulars; and sixty of the Bostonians were killed and wounded, amongst whom was the leading Captain.” The paper goes on to editorialize: “Is the American MASSACRE less true because no accounts of it have been received at the Secretary’s office? Is this time to talk of departments when HUMAN BLOOD, when the blood of our BRETHREN is poured out like water by a detachment of HIS MAJESTY’S troops? Are we to pay attention to trivial formalities, when the sword is drawn, and the hands of THE KING’s troops are uplifted to cut the throats of our brethren? Is this a time to talk of the routine of office! If the news received of a detachment of HIS MAJESTY’s troops having glutted themselves with BLOOD, if this news is untrue, why do ministry not contradict it? And if it be true, what have they to say? Shall we adopt their language, and call a BLOODY MASSACRE a trifling SKIRMISH? Or are we not to believe that either massacre or skirmish has happened, because the American DEPARTMENT hath not as yet received those advices from General Gage.” In very good condition, with scattered dampstaining. RR Auction COA.

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