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STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS-BAY
STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS-BAY

STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS-BAY

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Broadside. 25 x 19 cm. Signed in type by John Pickering, Speaker, and read and concurred a true copy by John Avery, Dep. Sec'ry. Old fold lines, some tears to edges, with loss at upper corners (as though from being posted), one closed tear along a fold line slightly affecting two words, some overall toning to paper. Thomas and John Fleet inherited the printing business from their father Thomas Fleet who died in 1758. Thomas Fleet Sr. was known to employ enslaved men as printers working "at print and case" in his shop, according to Isaiah Thomas in his "The History of Printing in America," [Worcester: 1810], vol. 1, pp.294-301 & 352-3. Two of the men, Pompey and Cesar, were young when Fleet died "but, they remained in the family and continued to labor regularly in the printing house with the sons of mr. Fleet. until the constitution of Massachusetts, adopted in 1780, made them freemen." ESTC: Huntington, MHS. We add LC. EVANS 16361 [which calls for 2pp., evidently in error]. FORD. Broadsides 2184. CUSHING. Mass. Laws 1060.
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