Colonists Adopted Nonimportation Agreements


In response to the boycott, the British Parliament expressed anger and frustration at the settlers` refusal to refuse British authority over the taxation of business, which was in direct contradiction to the Declaratory Act, enacted by Parliament from the ashes of the annulled Stamp Act. Massachusetts Gazette [Draper] (May 11, 1769). William Bant had to limit the damage. The edition of Green and Russell`s Massachusetts Gazette, dated 8 May 1769, contained an advertisement which stated: “William Bant has imported into the last ships of LONDON a general range of English goods, adapted to the approach of the season which he will sell in his store at Cornhill, Boston.” Green and Russells Massachusetts Gazette were published at the same time as the Boston Post-Boy, with each title consisting of two pages, but printed together on a single broadcast sheet. Nearly two months had passed when Curtenius` announcement was published in the New York Journal on Oct. 20, but it had been first published three weeks earlier in the Sept. 29 issue. Given the time it takes ships to place orders across the Atlantic and leave with their cargoes, all items imported “into the last ships in Europe” at the end of September must have been ordered before New York traders adopt their no-import agreement. But Williams added a strange preamble to his announcement: “Recently imported from London, but recently from New York, and before the traders` resolution was not imported.” Like others who have promoted their products in public print, Williams has noticed the origins of his textiles.