Lot 17: Boston Gazette and Country Journal: May 20, 1776 Newspaper

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2017-07-10 14:46:06

Lot 17

Complete issue of The Boston Gazette and Country Journal from May 20, 1776, four pages, 9.75 x 15.25, printed in Watertown by Benjamin Edes. The front page begins with an obituary for John Hancock's aunt and caretaker Lydia Hancock, mentioning that "the quick approach of death would not allow her to be attended to by her Nephew, the Hon. John Hancock, Esq; President of the American Congress, who was happy in being educated by her from his early childhood and the object of her affection on this side heaven." The center column warns of the imminent arrival of a regiment of Hessians in the service of the crown. In good condition, with scattered staining, ragged edges, and separations to folds (including a complete central horizontal split).

Estimate: $200-$400

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