Boston: Benjamin Edes and sons, Nov. 14, 1785. 4pp. Folio. Neatly silked on both sides of sheet. A few minor losses at old folds. Light soiling along top quarter of issue, else quite clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM43064
The BOSTON GAZETTE, published weekly, was established in 1719 as a competitor to the BOSTON NEWS-LETTER and ran for nearly a century (1719-1798). From April 1756 to December 1793, it was published with the additional "AND COUNTRY JOURNAL." During the American Revolution, the GAZETTE was a leading publisher of material protesting British taxes and anti-British sentiment. Contributors included such notable personages as Samuel Adams, Phyllis Wheatley, and Paul Revere. This issue most notably contains a "Dialogue between a Countryman and a Bostonian" on the state of the economy in the newly- formed country. The Countryman, who espouses wisdom in the face of the Bostonian's cynicism, believes the federal debt can be easily paid down with a little economy at home, and by the purchase of American-made goods. He also notes the need for Congress to address the redemption of Continental currency, so depreciated in value.