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SEE PHOTO----- COMPLETE, ORIGINAL 4-page Revolutionary War NEWSPAPER, the Royal Gazette (NY City) dated Oct 7, 1778,
This rare newspaper, the ROYAL GAZETTE, was published by JAMES RIVINGTON and is a Tory newspaper printed in New York City while NY was occupied by the British forces during the Revolutionary War. In 1777, after the secure British occupation of that city, he returned with a new press and resumed the publication of his paper under the title of Rivington's New York Loyal Gazette, which he changed on 13 December 1777, to The Royal Gazette, with the legend "“Printer to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”.
This newspaper contains National and International news as well as LOCAL British-occupied New York City news and ads from 235 years ago, at trhe height of the Revolutionary War.
This very rare New York City Revolutionary War newspaper contaons lots of news on the Revolutionary War. It also contains an inside page, 5 column essay titled: "A Comparative View of the Different Circumstances of the People of America in the Years 1773 and 1778 in Respect to Their GOVERNMENTS, PROTECTION, LAWS, RELIGION, SECURITY OF PERSON, SECURITY OF PRPERTY, AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURES, COMMERCE, and TAXES." This essay makes the point that the American Colonies were much better off in 1773 under the rule of Great Britain than they are in 1778 during the Revolutionary War !!
There are also inside page slave ads and a local NY City dentist ad.
There is a contemporary (contemporary to 1778) note written in brown iron gall ink at the top of the front page that reads: "Many observations relative to the happiness of the Americans at present and former times." Very interesting note written by a Tory (?) reader in 1778 commening on the essay within this newspaper !!!!
James Rivington (1724 – July 1802) was an English-born American journalist who published one of the most infamous Loyalist newspapers in the American colonies, Rivington's Gazette.
Rivington was one of the sons of the bookseller and publisher Charles Rivington and inherited a share of his father's business, which he lost at the Newmarket races. In 1760 he sailed to North America and resumed his occupation in Philadelphia and in the next year opened a print-shop at the foot of Wall Street, New York. In 1773 he began to publish a newspaper "at his ever open and uninfluenced press, Hanover Square". The first number of a newspaper, The New York Gazetteer or the Connecticut, New Jersey, Hudson's River, and Quebec Weekly Advertiser was issued in April 1773.
His initially impartial stance shifted as a revolution loomed and public opinion polarized, until by late 1774 he was advocating the restrictive measures of the British government with such great zeal and attacking the patriots so severely, that in 1775 the Whigs of Newport, Rhode Island, resolved to hold no further communication with him. The Sons of Liberty hanged Rivington in effigy, and the patriot poet Philip Freneau published a mock speech of Rivington's supposed contrition at his execution, which Rivington reprinted. He infuriated Captain Isaac Sears, the prominent patriot and Son of Liberty.
"He would appear as a leading man amongst us, without perceiving that he is enlisted under a party as a tool of the lowest order; a political cracker, sent abroad to alarm and terrify, sure to do mischief to the cause he means to support, and generally finishing his career in an explosion that often bespatters his friends".
On May 10, 1775, immediately after the opening of hostilities, the Sons of Liberty gathered and mobbed Rivington’s home and press. Rivington fled to the harbor and boarded the British man-of-war Kingfisher. Assistants continued to publish the Gazetteer, but in spite of a public assurance of Rivington's personal safety from the Committee-Chamber of New York, Isaac Sears and other New York radicals entered Rivington's office, destroyed his press and converted the lead type into bullets. Another mob that day burned Rivington's house to the ground. Rivington and his family sailed for England, where he was appointed King's printer for New York, at £100 per year.
In 1777, after the secure British occupation of that city, he returned with a new press and resumed the publication of his paper under the title of Rivington's New York Loyal Gazette, which he changed on 13 December 1777, to The Royal Gazette, with the legend "“Printer to the King’s Most Excellent Majesty”.
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