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The Boston Gazette: Account of September 2, 1765

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2. Boston Gazette, September 2, 1765.

"Such horrid Scenes of Villainy as were perpetrated last Monday Night it is certain were never seen before in this Town, and it is hopd never will again---About Dusk a Number of crude Fellows were gatherd upon the Exchange---they quickly began to be very noisy, and their Number increasd so fast, as to create Fears in the Minds of the Inhabitants, that the Consequence of their tumultuous assembling would be mischievous, tho no one could guess at their Design---They first erected a Pile in Kingstreet and made a Bonfire, which however they themselves extinguishd thro the Perswasions of some Gentlemen present---the Fire servd further to Increase their Numbers, till they soon made a very formidable Appearance---Their first Act of Violence was upon the House of William Story, Esq., Register of the Court of Admiralty---They enterd the Office and destroyd the papers therein, many of them being the Property of Mr. Story, but most of them the Files and Records of the Office; having besides this Mischief done considerable Damage to the House, they took their Departure with increasing Rage, and turnd their Course to the House of Benjamin Hallowell, Jun. Esq., Comptroller of his Majestys Customs, which they furiously attackd and enterd, and after doing great Damage to this House also, and heating themselves with Liquors which they found in the Cellar, they proceeded with hellish Fury to his Honor the Lieutenant Governors House---here it is impossible for us to describe---let it suffice for the present to say, like Devils let loose, they totally ruind the House, and destroyd or carried off every thing in it, consisting of a large Sum of Money, valuable Cloaths, Furniture and Plate, and Papers and Manuscripts it is supposd of still greater Value---happily the Lives of each of these distressd Families are saved. Without the least Remorse at these execrable Facts, they determind still to go on, and bent their Course Southward, with an Intent as it is said to attack the House of Charles Paxton, Esq., Surveyor and Searcher of his Majestys Customs, but thro the Intreaties of the Inhabitants, and perhaps as it may reasonable be thought, having spent all the Rage that the human Breast is capable of, they retired without doing further Mischief.

"The true Causes of this notorious Riot are not known, possibly they may be explored hereafter---Most People seem disposd to discriminate between the Assembly on the 14th of the Month, and their Transactions, and the unbridled Licentiousness of this Mob; judging them to proceed from very different Motives, as their Conduct was most evidently different---the Countenances of People almost universally on the former Account, apparently discoverd an Approbation; on the latter, as might reasonably be expected, every Face was gloomy, and we believe every Heart affected---At some Times and in some extraordinary cases, the Cause of Liberty requires an extraordinary Spirit to support it; but surely the pulling down Houses and robbing Persons of their Substance, especially when any supposd Injuries can be redressd by Law, is utterly inconsistent with the first Principles of Government, and subversive of the glorious Cause."


Author : The Boston Gazette

Reference : America: A Narrative History, 6th Edition, Chapter 5; Inventing America, Chapter 5; Give Me Liberty, Chapter 5

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