REVOLUTIONARY WAR BROADSIDE.
[WARREN, JOSEPH?] The following is a Copy of an Infamous Thing handed about here Yesterday, and now reprinted to satisfy the Curiosity of the Public. As it is replete with consummate Impudence, the most abominable Lies, and stuffed with daring Expressions of Tyranny, as well as Rebellion against the established, constitutional Authority of the AMERICAN STATES, no one will hesitate in pronouncing it be the genuine Production of that perfidious, petty Tyrant, Thomas Gage. [Watertown, MA: Benjamin Edes, June 14, 1775.]
Printed broadside, 388 x 255 mm, Gage's proclamation printed in 2 columns, header in single column, four small stains at left edge, light wear at folds, some creasing and light foxing, right edge ragged but overall very good and well-margined. Float-mounted and framed.
Provenance: purchased from M&S Rare Books in 2002.
VERY RARE PATRIOT BROADSIDE DATING FROM JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL. Gage's "infamous thing" (thought to have been authored by General Burgoyne) was the declaration of martial law in the Province of Massachusetts. This proclamation, though full of vindictive language, offers pardon to all rebels who surrender their arms, with the notable exceptions of Samuel Adams and John Hancock, "whose Offences are of too flagitious a Nature to admit of anu other Consideration than that of condign Punishment." We locate no auction records for this broadside. Evans 14185.