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    [Boston Massacre Pamphlet] William Tudor: "An Oration, Delivered March 5th, 1779, at the Request of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston; to Commemorate the Bloody Tragedy of the Fifth of March, 1770, By William Tudor, Esquire." Eighteen pages, 5.25" x 8", (Boston: Printed by Edes & Gill, in Court-Street, 1779). Signed at the top of the first page of the oration, "Thos Jackson April 15 1801." Each year since 1770, at a town meeting held in Faneuil Hall, a person was asked to deliver an oration to mark the anniversary of the Boston Massacre. William Tudor (1750-1819), Harvard Class of 1769, was one of John Adams' law clerks when Adams was defending the British soldiers accused of the massacre. Tudor began his own practice in 1774. From 1775-1777, Capt. Tudor served as the chief legal officer on Gen. George Washington's staff at Cambridge and later in New York City. Lieutenant Colonel and later Colonel, Tudor returned to Boston in 1777 and resigned his commission in 1778. Some passages are underlined and there are cross-outs and corrections. For example, in the phrase "Cromwell granted their request - and became sole tyrant of three kingdoms," Jackson, most probably, crossed out "kingdoms," replacing it with "countries." Referring to Sweden's King Gustavus III, Tudor calls him "so wise, so good a King." "King" is crossed out and replaced with "Man." The back page is numbered "20" and the word "Our" appears at the bottom right indicating that at least a twenty-first page beginning with "Our" is missing. Some pages closely cut affecting the last letter of some lines. Soiling and minor foxing. Pages tied together with thread. Very good condition. [Evans 16500, Sabin 97404]

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