J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Monday, October 08, 2018

Boston’s Well-Regulated Militia

From the 26 Sept 1768 Boston Evening-Post.
Whereas a Person belonging to the Militia in this Town did, on Thursday last [i.e., 22 September], about 2 o’Clock P.M. designedly and maliciously, as appeared to several By-standers, discharge his Musket against the Legs of a Gentleman then passing thro’ the Town-House, and thereby hurt him so much as to occasion his Confinement:

This is to give Notice that if any Person then present, or any other, will discover to the Printers the Name and Abode of the above Offender, so that he may be apprehended, he shall receive of the said Printers One Guinea, and no Use shall be made of his Name.

Boston, Sept. 25, 1768.
TOMORROW: What’s up with that?

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