Thomas’s Massachusetts Spy or Worcester Gazette
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An original 207 year old copy of the "Thomas’s Massachusetts Spy or Worcester Gazette" which was published on Wednesday, July 7, 102. It contains articles on the French Revolution, duels fought, law, Washington D.C news, Philadelphia news, Jay’s Treaty, 26th anniversary of American Independence, smallpox outbreak in Boston, murder story and agricultural news as well as early advertising.
The Massachusetts Spy was published by Isaiah Thomas who performed the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester, Massachusetts and reported the first account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He was the founder of the American Antiquarian Society. Three days before the Battle of Concord, Thomas took his presses from Boston and set them up in Worcester, where he was also postmaster for a time. Thomas was also the Grand Senior Warden in the state of Massachusetts under Paul Revere who was Grand Master at the time.
I couldn’t help but purchase this paper after learning about Isaiah Thomas at the Olive Branch Lodge in Millbury, Massachusetts. See the Portrait of Isaih Thomas and copy of a 1791 Isaiah Thomas Bible that I took photos of at the Lodge – www.flickr.com/photos/22280677@N07/3389358494/