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Commuters, who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home, Lowell, Mass.

[Incunabula illustrations, 1505]

[Saint Brendan, 484-577, figurative map of St. Brendan's legendary voyage; shows Mass being said on the back of a whale]

The Capitall lawes of New-England, as they stand now in force in the Commonwealth. By the Court, in the years 1641. 1642 ... Printed first in New-England, and reprinted in London for Ben Allen in Popes-head Allen. 1643.

To all persons whom these may concern in the several townes, and plantations of the United Colonies in New-England. It is hereby declared, that his highness the Lord Protectour of the Common wealth of England &c. hath commissioned and impowered

Boston in New England. August 9th 1667. The Governour, deputy-governour and sundry of the magistrates. Being assembled, do judge meet to comment to their beloved brethren and neighbours the inhabitants of this colony this following proposed ...

Whereas the lawes published by the Honourable General Court, Lib. 1. Pag. 76 Sect. 3 Do require all townes from time to time to dispose of single persons and inmates within their towns to service, or otherwise. [Massachusetts, 1668] [Positive Ph

Boston. March 22. 1672/3 The Deputy Covernour and magistrates adjacent being assembled in Council, to consider of the late awful hand of God, consuming our Castle by fire the one and twentieth of this instant, thereby taking away that part of ou

At a General Court held at Boston in New England the second day of October 1678. [A proclamaton for a day of fasting and prayer November 21, 1678] [Cambridge, Printed by Samuel Green 1678].

At the second sessions of the General Court held at Boston in New-England. Whereas it hath pleased his most excellent Majesty our gracious king, by his letter bearing date the twenty seventh of April 1678 ... that the oath of allegiance as it is

The London Gazette: Published by authority. From Thursday February 5th to Monday February 9th 1684 … Printed by Thomas Newcomb in the Savoy 1684. And Reprinted at Boston in New-England by Samuel Green, 1685.

The General Courts answer to Joseph Dudley esqr. &c. This was pas'd by the whole court. Nemine non confentiente. Gentlemen:- [Refusing their assent to his Commission for governing the Colony and other places therein mentioned]. [Boston: Printed

An elegiack tribute to the sacred dust of the Reverend and worthy Mr. Seaborn Cotton pastour of the Church of Christ at Hampton in New England: who was disharged from his work and office, to be admitted into Heaven, April 20th 1686. [Boston: Pri

By his Excellency, a proclamation. Whereas His Majesty hath been graciously pleased by His royal letter, bearing date the sixteenth day of October last past, to signifie that he hath received undoubted advice that a great and sudden invasion fro

A relation of Captain Bull, concerning the Mohawks at Fort-Albany, May 1689. [Boston: Printed by Samuel Green, 1689].

At the Convention of the Governour and council, an representatives of the Massachusets Colony [A proclamation setting apart September 19, 1689 as a fast day]. [Cambridge Printed by Samuel Green 1689].

Two addresses from the Governour, council and convention of the Massachusets Colony assembled at Boston in New-England. Presented to his majesty, at Hampton-Court, August 7, 1689. By Sir Henry Ashurst Baronet.

From a gentleman of Boston to a friend in the countrey. [Signed] N. N. [Boston: Printed by Samuel Green 1689].

To the king and queens most excellent majesties. The humble address of the president and council for the safety of the people, and conservation of the peace. [Regarding restoration of charter and English liberties] Boston in New-England, May 20,

His majesty's most gracious letter to his government of the Massathusets Colony in New-England ... Printed at Boston in New-England, by Richard Pierce for Benjamin Harris Anno Domini M DC LXXX IX.

To his highness William Henrick, Prince of Orange, the most humble petition of George Lord Chancellor Jefferies. Most humbly sheweth; that your petitioner who was once Lord Chancellor of England is now become the lowest of your suppliants, and f

Anno Regni regis & reginae Gulielmi& Mariae secundo. By the Governour, & council [An order for enlisting men in the expedition against Canada] Boston March 24 1689. [Cambridge: Printed by Samuel Green 1690].

At the General Court of their Majesties Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England, sitting in Boston by adjournment, December 10th, 1690 [An order for the granting forth of printed bills for seven thousand pounds] Cambridge: Printed by Samu

At a General Court for their Majesties Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England, sitting at Boston, upon adjournment, December 22th, 1691 [A proclamation relating to various matters] [Cambridge Printed by Bartholomew Green 1691].

[Arms] By His Excellency the Governor. Whereas it hath been of absolute necessity, that a certain number of men should be impressed, for the service of their Majesties, in defence of this their Province, both at sea and land, against the common

The earthquake Naples: September 21, 1694. Boston, N. E. Preprinted by B. Green, February 21 1694,5.

Province of the Massachusetts-Bay. By the honorable, the Lieutenant council & assembly: convened at Boston, upon Wednesday the 27th of May 1696, in the eighth year of His Majesties reign. for better encouragement to prosecute the French and Indi

London, Septemb. 27, Yesterday morning arrived three Holland mails, which bring the following advices ... London, Printed by J. Dawks, Re-printed at Boston in N. E. by B. Green & J. Allen, 1697.

The Turkish fast, out of the Monthly Mercury for December, 1697. [blank] Boston, in N. E. Re-printed by B. Green, and J. Allen. May 13, 1698.

Province of the Massachusetts Bay. To the constables of any or either of them, Greetings. You are required in his Majesty's name, forthwith to assembly the freeholders, and other inhabitants of your town unto them, that they are alike required t

To his excellency Joseph Dudley Esq. Governour of said province … Boston. Printed by Bartholomew Green, and John Allen, Printers to His Excellency the Governour and council 1702.

Copie of the election [for councillors for Massachusetts] made May 27, 1702. [n. p. 1702] [Positive Photostat.].

July 14th, 1703. Prices of Goods supplyed to the Eastern Indian, by the several truckmasters; and of the peltry received by the truckmasters of the said Indians.

By His Excellency, Joseph Dudley, Esq. Captain general and governour in chief, in and over Her Majesties Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, &c. in New-England. A proclamation. Whereas Her Majesty by Her royal proclamation for settling and ascert

By his Excellency, Joseph Dudley, Esq. Captain general and governour in chief, in and over Her Majesties Province of Massachusetts-Bay, &c. in New-England. A proclamation for the better regulation of seamen and marines … Boston. Printed by Barth

By the Honourable Col. Francis Nicholson, and Col. Samuel Vetch. A proclamation. Whereas Her Majesty hath been pleased to instruct us with Her Royal commands and instructions to the governours of Her several provinces upon the Continent of Ameri

B-n, Dec.8, 1713. To the honourable the Society for prorogating the gospel in foreign parts. The representation and request of the ministers, church wardens and vestry of the Church of England in B---n … [Boston 1713].

An elegy in memory of the worshipful Major Thomas Leonard Esq. Of Taunton in New-England: who departed this life on the 24th day of November, AnnoDomini, 1713. In the 73d year of his age. [Boston. Printed by B. Green? 1713].

Province of the Massachusetts-Bay. At a session of the great and general Court, held at Boston, October 14, 1713. Resolved that it is for Her Majesties service there be some townships regularly planted and setled in the most defensive manner, in

From the London Gazette published by authority. From Tuesday November 23. To Saturday November 27, 1714. By the King, a proclamation. Declaring His Majesty’s pleasure for continuing the officers in His Majesty’s plantations, till His Majesty’s p

Advertisement. Whereas there was an advertisement in the Boston News Letter the 4th & 11th days of this instant October, giving notice to the subscribers in the partnership for circulating bills or notes, founded on land-security, for meeting on

By His Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq. Captain General and Governor in chief, in and over his province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England a proclamation requiring all persons being in office of authority or government at the of the late Queen

By His Excellency, Joseph Dudley, Esq. Captain General and Governor in Chief, in and over His Majesties Provinces of the Massachusetts-Bay and New-Hampshire in New-England. A proclamation against commerce & trade with the French of Canada, Cape

His Majesty’s most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament, on Monday, March the 21st, 1714/15 [blank] Boston: Re-printed by T. Fleet and T. Crump. In Pudding-Lane. Sold by Nicholas Buttolph and Samuel Gerrish 1715.

Copy of the fifth & sixth articles of the Treaty of neutrality in America, between England and France, in the year 1686. Late sent in orders to His Majesty’s frigots attending the government of this Province, to be put in Execution to effect. [b

John Charmion’s latin epitaph from his ardent love to learning and learned men on Mr. Pemberton, who dyed at Boston, the 13th of February, 1716,7 in the 45th year of his age, translated into English. Sacred to the lasting memory of the Reverend

Words of Consolation to Mr. Robert Stetson & Mrs. Mary Stetson, his wife on the death of their son Isaac Stetson, who perished in the mighty waters November 7th, 1718. Aged 22. [1718].

By His Excellency Samuel Shute, Esq. Captain Ganeral and Govenour in chief in and over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. &c. a proclamation [to apprehend seven escaped transported felons] Given under my hand … in Bo

A lamentation occasion'd by the great sickness & lamented deaths of divers eminent persons in Springfield composed by Mr. Jonathan Burt, (an old disciple,) in his fourscore & fifth year. (since deceases,) left as a dying legacy to his children a

A poem on the much-lamented death of Mr. Edmund Titcomb, who died May 26, 1722, in the 31st year of his age. By Jonn Calef. [Massachusetts 1722].

The divine name humbly celebrated on occasion of the translation to Heaven of the bright soul of the pious and veruous Madam Susanna thacher late consort of the Reverend Mr. Peter Thacher, pastor of the Church of Christ in Milton, September 4 An

These presents witness, that we the subscribers, as neighbours and friends do mutually agree to the following articles. [1724].

By the Honourable William Dummer, Esq; Lieut Governor & commander in chief, in & over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England a proclamation for apprehending John Pittman. Boston: Printed by B. Green Printer to His Hon. Th

Province of the Massachusetts Bay. Jeremiah Allen, Esq; Treasurer and receiver general for His Majesties said Province. To [blank] constable or collector of the Town of [blank] Greetings, &c. … Given under my hand & seal at Boston, the fifth day

To his excellency William Burnet, esqr., this plan of Boston in New England is humbly dedicated by his excellencys most obedient and humble servant Will Burgiss /

A covenant for reformation assented to in Long-Meadow, in Springfield, August 22d 1728.

Boston, April 10, 1729. Reverend Sir, The New-England chronology staying for the remarkables of your place, and the composer being unwilling to send it to the press without them, that so the work may be as compleat as possible --- You are theref

A country treat upon the second paragraph in His Excellency’s speech, Decemb. 17, 1730. [Boston, 1730] [Positive Photostat].

The Catholic remedy. An excellent new ballad To the tune of, To all you ladies now at land, &c. [Boston] America: Printed in the year 1732.

The wages of sin; or Robbery justly rewarded; a poem occasioned by the untimely death of Richard Wilson, who was executed on Boston Neck, for burglarly, on Thursday the 19th of October 1732. Boston: Printed and sold at the Heart and Crown in Cor

An elegy occasioned by the sudden and awful death of Mr. Nathanael Baker Dedham; a young man just upon the point of marriage and son to Lieutenant John Baker. He fell from his horse on Monday night the 7th of May, 1733. And died the Wednesday fo

An elegy upon the much lamented deaths of two desireable brothers the two eldest sons of Capt. Joshua and Mrs. Comfort Weeks, of Greenland; who departed this life in February 1735,6 the youngest whose name was Ichabod, died the 3d day, in the 22

The life of faith: exemplified and recommended in a letter found in the study of the Rev. Mr. Joseph Belcher, late of Dedham, in New-England, since his decease. An answer to his question. How to live in this world so as to live in Heaven? to whi

[Bird's-eye view of Boston, Massachusetts, with two vignettes of Natives hunting] / J. Turner, Boston, sculpt.

This indenture made the ninth day of September Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty … by and between [blank] on the one part … Directors of the Manufactory Company of Boston … [Boston? 1740] [Positive Photostat].

A new plan of ye great town of Boston in New England in America with the many additionall buildings & new streets to the year 1743.

Instructions for masters of transports, captains and commanding officers of military commissaries, that are of shall be employed in His Majesty’s service in the province of the Massachusetts-Bay. Directing how supplys of provisions, cloathing an

[View of Boston] / J. Turner.

By the Honourable Spencer Phips, Esq; Lieutenant-Governour and commander in chief for the time being of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. A proclamation for encouragement to voluntiers to prosecute the war against t

A brief journal of the taking of Cape-Breton, put in metre, by L. G. one of the soldiers of the expedition. Anno Domini, 1745.

An act passed by the great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England: Begun and held at Boston upon Wednesday the twenty-eighth day of May 1746. And continued by adjournments to Wednesday the

At a great and General court of Assembly for the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, begun and held at Boston the 27th day of May 1747, and continued by adjournment and prorogation to the 3d of February following. March 2d 1747 [-48] The followin

[Title page of "The Independent Advertiser, Boston, May 22, 1749"]

To the sheriff or marshall of the said County of [blank] or either of their deputies or constables of the town of [blank] within the said County or to any or either of them greeting. In his Majesty’s name you are required to attach the goods or

A mournful lamentation for the sad and deplorable death of Mr. Old Tenor, a native of New-England, who after a long confinement, by a deep and mortal wound which he received above twelve months before, expired on the 31st day of March, 1750. He

A funeral elegy by way of dialogue; between death, soul, body and Jesus Christ. Composed by Edmund Weld, formerly of Harvard College, who moving hence into Ireland, became a preacher of the gospel at Inniskean, there; who upon the meditation and

By the Honourable Spencer Phips, Esq; Lieutenant-Governour and Commander in chief, in and over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. A proclamation [Offering a reward for the apprehension of Robert Howland and Fobes Lit

From the Boston Weekly News-Letter. Feb. 7, 1751. [Boston, 1751].

By the Honourable Spencer Phips, Esq; Lieutenant-Governour and commander in chief, in and over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. A proclamation for proroguing the General Assembly [Calling the Assembly to meet the f

Anno regni Regis Georgii Secundi vicesimo septimo. A bill for further ascertaining the descent of real estates of persons dying intestate without issue. [Boston, 1754].

A poem, on the joyful news of the Rev. Mr. Whitefield’s visit in Boston. Dedicated to all the true friends of such “an examplary Christian, fine gentleman and accomplished orator, who has discover’d in some late sermons such a deep insight into

Notice is hereby given to such persons as have received beating orders from His Excellency Governour Shirley, to raise men for the defence of His Majesty’s colonies in North America, and have not made return of the inlistments of the men they ha

By His Excellency William Shirley, Esq; Captain-General and Governour in chief in and over the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. To [blank] Sir, As you have received beating-orders from me to enlist men into His Majesty’s service

A few lines on occasion of the untimely end of Mark and Phillis, who were executed at Cambridge, September 18th for poysoning their master, Capt. John Codman of Charlestown. [Cut] [Boston 1755].

On the valiant New-England general. Rehoboth, April 5, 1756.

Spencer Phips, Esq; Lieutenant-governour and commander in chief in and over his Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. To [blank] Greeting. Whereas notwithstanding the repeated orders issued to the several colonels in the Pr

Mr. [blank] You being a training soldier in the Company of militia under the command of [blank] are hereby required in His Majesty’s name, to appear at your colours upon Thursday the 22d current [blank] at nine o’clock in the morning, on the sec

By the Honourable His Majesty’s council, of the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. A proclamation for proroguing the General court … to Tuesday the sixteenth day of said August … Given at Boston the twenty-sixth day of July, 1757

By His Excellency, Thomas Pownall, Esq; Captain-general and governor in chief, in and over His Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. &c. &c. a proclamation for proroguing the general court … unto Wednesday the second day of

By the honourable Spencer Phips, Esq; Lieutenant-Governor and commander in chief, in and over His Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England. A proclamation for the encouragement of persons to inlist into his Majesty’s service in

A view of the City of Boston the capital of New England, in North America / drawn on the spot by his excellency Governor Pownal.

Anno Regni Georgii II. tricesimo primo. Levying of soldiers. An act passed by the great and general court of assembly of His Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England: begun and held at Boston, upon Wednesday the twenty-fifth da

Grundriss von der Stadt Boston und ihren Gegenden.

To the publick. The booksellers of the town of Boston. Unwilling to impose on the publick by printing their private disputes in the newspapers … and at the same time (in justice to themselves) desirous of making their answer to Dr. Ames as publi

Blazing-stars passengers of God’s wrath: in a few serious and solemn meditations upon the wonderful comet: which now appears in our horizon, April, 1759: Together with a solemn call to sinners, and counsel to saints; how to behave themselves whe

Questiones pro modulo discutiendae sub Reverendo D. Edvardo Holyoke, Collegij-Harvardimi quod est divina providentia Canabrigiae, Nov-Anglorum praeside. In Comitiis publicis a Laureae magistralis candidatis, Decimo-quinto calendarum sextili MDCC

Province of the Massachusetts-Bay. By His Excellency the Governor, To [blank] I do hereby authorize and impower you to beat your drums any where within this Province, for inlisting able-bodied effective persons (and none other) for His Majesty’s

Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, By the Honourable [blank] Judge of the Probate of wills, &c. for and within the County of [blank] in the Province aforesaid. To [blank] of [blank] in the County and Province aforesaid, [blank] Greeting. [Appoin

Questiones pro modulo discutiendae sub Reverendo D. Edvardo Holyoke, collegij-Harvardni quod est divina providentia Cantabrigiae, Nov-Anglorum praeside. In comitiis publicis a Laureae Magistralis conditatis, Idibus quintilibus MDCCLXI.

To His Excellency Francis Bernard, Esq; Captain-general and Governor in chief, in and over His Majesty’s province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, and Vice-Admiral of the same. And the Honourable His Majesty’s Council. The petition of Ri