Boston: William Emmons, 1824. Reprint, originally issued in 1770. 8vo, pp. 146. Bound in full calf. 1830 owernership signature of Richard H. Staats on the end paper and title page. Howes H-561 "One of the notable American trials" Item #57457
This is the trial of the British soldiers who participated in the "Boston Massacre." The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770. It was the culmination of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing since Royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts in October 1768 to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts.