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Which Teacher Said, “War’s Begun”?

Last month Prof. Chris McDonough of the University of the South queried me about how Master John Lovell (shown here) of Boston’s South Latin School announced an end to the school day on 19 Apr 1775. Did he make the announcement in Latin or English or both? I’d noticed a discrepancy, but hadn’t tried to nail it down until then.Our main (and perhaps only) source for that day in the South Latin School is the recollection that politician Harrison Gray Otis wrote down in 1844, quoted here:As I entered School I heard the announcement of “deponite libros” and ran home for fear of the regulars.
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“Undoubted intelligence of hostilities being begun at Boston”

History / US History : Boston 1775 (10 months ago)

The 28 Apr 1775 Pennsylvania Mercury newspaper contained several letters about the fighting in Massachusetts nine days before. One that had just arrived in Philadelphia the previous evening began:Hartford, April 23, 1775.Dear Sir,Th... Read Post

Boston’s Long Journalism History

History / US History : Boston 1775 (4 months ago)

A Boston 1775 reader alerted me to last month’s announcement from Emerson University that the Society of Professional Journalists has named the city of Boston a National Historic Site in Journalism. Prof. Manny Paraschos of Emerson’... Read Post

Young James Lovell Makes His Move

History / US History : Boston 1775 (6 years ago)

Yesterday, when we left James Lovell, the illegitimate son of the South Latin School usher of the same name, he had stormed out of that school, angry that his grandfather, Master John Lovell, had whipped him so much. Young James sai... Read Post


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