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200. Publick occurences both forreign and domestick. m., Sept. 25, 1690.

Note: Allthough this is claimed to be the earliest newspaper printed on the American continent, The Present state of the New-England affairs was published the preceding year. The only copy extant is preserved among the archives of the Public Record Office in London. The first paragraph states that "It is designed, that the Countrey shall be furnished once a moneth (or if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener,) with an Account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our Notice." But the Governor and Council, on Sept. 29th, issued an order as follows: "Whereas some have lately presumed to Print and Disperse a Pamphlet, Entitled, Publick Occurrences, both Forreign and Domestick: Boston, Thursday, Septemb. 25th, 1690. Without the least Privity and Countenace of Authority. The Governour and Council having had the perusal of said Pamphlet, and finding that therein contained Reflections of a very high nature: As also sundry doubtful and uncertain Reports, do hereby manifest and declare their high Resentment and Disallowance of said Pamphlet, and Order that the same be Suppressed and called in; strickly forbidden any person or persons ffor the future to Set forth any thing in Print without License first obtained from those that are or shall be appointed by the Government to grant the same."

Publisher: Richard Pierce, for Benjamin Harris.

L.C. file contains:

1690. Sept. 25. 1 v. (Photostat repro- duction from "Ten facsimile reproductions relating to old Boston and neighborhood," by Samuel Abbott Green. 1901. The volume is classified as F73.37.G79) Box 12, Fol. 16

Sep. 25 (No. 1)
Four reprints of "America's First Newspaper"

A negative photostat with notice of the newspaper suppression because of the "high Resentment and Disallowance" of the Governour and Council.

A facsimile edition of THE OLDEST PAPER IN THE UNITED STATES. Given away with the 25th Anniversary Number of The Boston Globe, Thursday, March 4, 1897.

Box 37, Fol. 11

Feb. 17 (No.2)
The folder also contains a photostat from Ten Fac-simile reproductions relating to old Boston and neighborhood, by Samuel Abbott Green.1901.

Box 37, Fol. 11

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