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BOSTON TEA PARTY – Christmas-Box for the Customers of the Pennsylvania Journal. [Philadelphia: Thomas Bradford] Friday Afternoon 5 o’Clock, 24 December 1773.

BOSTON TEA PARTY – Christmas-Box for the Customers of the Pennsylvania Journal. [Philadelphia: Thomas Bradford] Friday Afternoon 5 o’Clock, 24 December 1773.

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BOSTON TEA PARTY – Christmas-Box for the Customers of the Pennsylvania Journal. [Philadelphia: Thomas Bradford] Friday Afternoon 5 o’Clock, 24 December 1773.

A very rare and important broadside describing the Boston Tea Party, perhaps the only extant copy in private hands. The last copy to appear at a major auction was at Parke Bernet in 1942. A full account of the events of 16-17 December 1773 in Boston, offered as a “carrier’s address” by the Pennsylvania Journal: “PHILADELPHIA, Dec 24. At Two o’Clock this afternoon arrived in this City a Gentleman, who came Express from New-York with the following interesting Advices from BOSTON, which were sent there by Express also.” The account details the mass-meeting in Boston that erupted into one of the most famous acts of vigilantism in American history. Following the final word from the owner of the ship Dartmouth, that he would be unable to leave port until his tea was cleared by the customs house, the meeting voted to dissolve and immediately “repaired to Griffin’s wharf, where the tea vessels lay, proceeded to fix tackles, and hosted the tea upon deck, cut the chests to pieces, and then over the side..” A report by the Boston Committee of Correspondence is also reprinted and worth quoting in large part: “Yesterday we had a greater Meeting of the Body than ever. The country coming in from twenty miles round, and every step was taken that was practicable for returning the Teas. The moment it was known out of doors, that Mr. Rotch, could not obtain a pass for his ship, by the castle, a number of people huzzaed in the street, and in a very little time, every ounce of the Teas on board of Capts. Hall, Bruce and Coffin, was immersed in the Bay, without the lest injury to private property" Bristol locates copies at Boston Public Library and New York Public Library. OCLC (51557211) locates an additional copy at Boston University. Bristol B3618; Shipton & Mooney 42425.

Broadside, 352 x 220 mm, (mild mat burn, nor toning from mounting at extreme top margin).

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