The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: May 18

WILLIAMSBURG, May 18, 1775.
We understand that private letters are received in this city, which inform that the troops at Boston were exceedingly justifiable as to their conduct on a late alarming occasion and that there would not have been the least bloodshed, had not the impertinence and ill behaviour of the provincials urged them to take up arms in their own defence. The printer will not be so indecent as to declare that the authors of these letters lie; but this he will venture to say, that they have not only contradicted almost every printer on this continent, but also the accounts given by gentlemen, of the strictest probity and veracity, from every intelligent quarter.

Virginia Gazette (Pinkney) May 18, 1775
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Pinkney, a patriotic printer, notes that letters from Boston loyalists have been received that give another point of view of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

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