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When you search for the word "thunder" you should see thirteen results. The first result – "Thunder Terrible at Boston" – is followed by the numbers "2:191," indicating that Dorr indexed an article that appeared in Volume 2, on Page 191.

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When you follow the link for the first result (“Thunder Terrible at Boston”), and click on “2:191” you will be taken to the page Dorr numbered 191 within volume 2. You will need to read the newspaper to determine which article prompted Dorr to create the index term. To the right of the blue, double-arrow is a link labeled "see index". Clicking this will take you to the original index page in which the searched word(s)/phrase appears.


Searching for the keyword "Franklin" in all volumes:

  • Farmer Answer to the Town of Providence.2:202
  • Farmer Answered vide under Letters.
  • Freemason, John Row Elected Grand Master-an and Account, of the procession &c.2:309

Franklin Benja[ Benjamin]. Letters from him to Governor Shirley about Taxing the Colonies.2:311 see index

  • Fire at the Goal[ Jail], burnt down.2:391
  • Fire Great one at Antigua.2:682
  • Fellons Samuel, his au- dacious[ audacious]attempt in rescuing a prisoner from the Sheriff.2:524
  • Lutterell Colonel chose a Member in opposition to Mr Wilkes.2:535.
  • Lutterell Colonel Admitted as a Mem- ber[ Member]of the House of Commons in the Room of Mr. Wilkes.[ John Wilkes] 2:538. 2:550
  • Letter to the Puritan shewing[ showing]that the late measures takes its rise from France in league wth Lord Bute.2:82.

Letters from Doctor Benjamin Franklin to Governor Shirley on the Subject of taxing ye[ the]Colonies2:311 see index

  • Lock[ Locke]John his Reasoning on Liberty and Property2:982
  • London, the Number of Inhabitants in Queen Elizabeth s Time.2:328.
  • Liberty exertions in favour[ favor]of in France2:553.
  • Troops Contrary to Law2:295*
  • Tell William, a great Hero.2:279.
  • Throat Distemper.2:753.

Taxed America ought not to be by the Parliament vide Franklin Benjamin Letter's2:311 see index

  • Test Act, a great Infringe- ment[ Infringement]of our civil and religi- ous[ religious]Rights2:95
  • Act of this Province the First executed in Consequence of it.3:256
  • Agents x see note below for America with their connexions. &c.3:126
  • Agent Jackson no Friend to America, but to the des- potic[ despotic]Ministry3:280

Agent Jackson Benjamin Franklin chose for the House of Re- presentatives[ Representatives]of the Massachusetts Bay3:295 see index

  • Agent Jackson Not allowed pay3:508.
  • Anniversary of the 14 August celebrated.3:202
  • Anniversary at Stafford3:203
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay meet They Resolve to do Business at Cam- bridge;[ Cambridge]vid ye[ the]List of Voters, pro, &[ and]Con.3:276.
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay meet Their message to the Governor, desire to be In- formed[ Informed]how the Castle came to be Surrendered.3:283
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay meet Their Answer to the Governors reply to their Message foregoing.3:294.

Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay meet Csoose[ Choose]Benjamin Franklin Agent.3:295. see index

  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay meet Send up a Vote to Council about a Fast, which they concur with.3:299.
  • Governor Message respecting the Stile[ Style]of Laws.3:301.
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Their Reply to the Governor Message, tell him they have procured depositions respecting the Surrender of the Castle.3:315.
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Their Message to the Governor, beg he would regulate the Militia.3:Ibid.
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay They meet at the College, and desire the Governor to Remove them to Boston.3:411.

Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Debate about addressing him, ie the Governor on his advancement to the Government, and vote not to address him, Recd and read a Letter from Agent Franklin[ Benjamin Franklin], who Inform's them the Charter will not be Meddled with &c. Their Message to the Governor beg he would remove them to Bos- ton[ Boston] 3:442. see index

  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay Their Reply to to the Governors first Speech after his Advancement, hope ye[ the]next Court, he will meet them at Boston. &c.3:458.
  • Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay They make a Mo- tion[ Motion]to enquire whether the Governor Receives his pay from home, and send him a Message on that Subject, wherein they ennu- merate[ ennumerate]all the Grants made him which he would not accept of.3:458.
  • Letter From James Hunter, one of the Leaders of the Regulators, giving an ac- count[ account]of their oppressions &c.3:500.
  • Letter From Governor Tryon[ William Tryon], giving a particular Ac- count[ Account]of the defeat of the Regulators3:504
  • Letter To James Otis, on the Recovery of his health containing a great encomium on him3:504

Letter From the House of Representatives to Agent Franklin, enumerating our Grievances3:517 see index

  • Letter Another from the same, to the same, on the same subject3:521.
  • Letter From John Horne, to John Wilkes : draws Wilke's Character &c.3:525.
  • Letter From Lord Hills- borough[ Hillsborough] [ Wills Hill]to Governor Hutchinson[ Thomas Hutchinson], commends Andrew Oliver, and notifies his appointment to be Lieutenant Governor3:529
  • Earthquake Great at Hispanicola3:158. 3:162. 3:194. 3:256. 3:563. 3:548
  • Entertainments, a very luxuri- ous[ luxurious]one made in England3:184
  • Electricity, apeice[ a piece]on it by Mr Winthrop, showing the affects of it, and the Folly of Per- sons[ Persons]objecting to the use of Points3:200

Electricity, Dr Franklin[ Benjamin Franklin]the First projector of Points, &c,3:Ibid see index

  • Egmont Port. of vid Falkland's Island's
  • Expence of the War in America, what it Cost Great Britain3:317
  • Expence of Great Britain what it cost her, in preparing for a War with Spain, on acc- ount[ account]of her taking Falkland's Island's3:450
  • Falkland Islands ; the Spainards won't[ will not]deliver them up agreable[ agreeable]to Convention.4:19.
  • Falkland Islands delivered up.4:35.
  • Freemasons walk in procession, and hear a Sermon.4:104.

Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the New Jersey Assembly, tell's them the King has made the chief Judge independant, by granting him his Salary, &c,4:141. see index

  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the same, chief- ly[ chiefly]on the troubles of America : dislikes the meeting of the Colonies in Congress, &c,4:662.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Answer to the address of Council.4:681.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his reply to the address of the House, in answer to his Speech,4:Ibid.
  • Freeholders of Middlesex in England meet, and agree to endeavour to have short Parliaments &c,4:317.
  • Factors for Tea: see under Tea.
  • Fine, how much for a Juryman's refusing to serve, at the Superior Court.4:437.

Franklin Agent, procures Governor Hutchin- son[ Thomas Hutchinson]'s, & Oliver[ Andrew Oliver]'s Letters, transmits to America : as they had a design to incense the Mother Country, against the Colonies, &c.4:460. see index

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  • Letter
  • Letter to Collector Harrison, on his absence from his Post.4:454.
  • Letter from Judge Oliver[ Andrew Oliver], to the House of Representatives, declaring that he will take his pay from the King, &c,4:458.

Letter From Doctor Franklin, wherein he owns that he procured Governor Hutchinson[ Thomas Hutchinson]'s, Oliver[ Andrew Oliver]'s Letters, &c; and sent them to the General Court, because the tend- ency[ tendency]of them were to incense the King, &c, against the Massachusetts Bay, &c,4:460. see index

  • Letter From John Temple, given an account of the duel fought by him with Mr. Whately.4:464.
  • Letter From a Bostonian, to Mr. Wedderburne, on his behaviour[ behavior]before the council, respecting the petition for removing Governor Hutchinson[ Thomas Hutchinson], &c,4:490.
  • Letter from England, extracts from, given a relation of the shocking condition England is in, and the mea- sures[ measures]pursued against America,4:500,4:552.
  • [no preceding index entries]

Franklin Agent, removed from his office as agent P.Master[ Postmaster]and greatly abused.4:487,4:488. see index

  • Farmer, his Letters on the grievances of America : cheifly on the Boston Port Bill, &c,4:516,4:520,4:524,4:528.
  • Fast, a very Strict one observed in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay &c Boston in Particular.4:533.
  • Fast Continental one, vid Proclamation.4:756.
  • Governors, and other Officers, on their Independancy: Vide Independancy.
  • Governors, forbid by Instructions to take any pay from the People, &c,4:41.
  • Governor, Thomas Oliver Lieutenant of the Massachusetts Bay.4:546,4:549.

Governor Franklin[ William Franklin], detected as a great enemy to the rights of America. &c,4:588. see index

  • Government, New Form of New- hampshire[ New Hampshire].4:883.
  • Government, defined4:944.
  • Government, New Form of South Ca- rolina[ Carolina].4:947.
  • Falkland Islands delivered up.4:35.
  • Freemasons walk in procession, and hear a Sermon.4:104.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the New Jersey Assembly, tell's them the King has made the chief Judge independant, by granting him his Salary, &c,4:141.

Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the same, chief- ly[ chiefly]on the troubles of America : dislikes the meeting of the Colonies in Congress, &c,4:662. see index

  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Answer to the address of Council.4:681.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his reply to the address of the House, in answer to his Speech,4:Ibid.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the Assembly, on american affairs. &c,4:858.
  • Association of Brigader Ruggles[ Timothy Ruggles], against the Whigs.4:625.
  • Association of Brigader Ruggles[ Timothy Ruggles], Signed by people in Bos- ton[ Boston].4:829.
  • Albany County, adopt the measures of the Continental Congress. &c,4:664.

Address of the Council of New Jersey. in answer to Governor Franklin[ William Franklin]s Speech [parallels]4:681. Vid. Petitions, &c. see index

  • Affidavits taken by the Continental Congress, relative to the engagement at Lexing- ton[ Lexington].4:737,4:744. See under Depositions.
  • Amhirst Amherst. Sir Jeffrey, the Number of Troops which he said it would take to con- quer[ conquer]the Colonies.4:756.
  • Allen Ethan assists in taking Ticonderoga[ Ticonderoga ].4:735, &c.
  • Freemasons walk in procession, and hear a Sermon.4:104.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the New Jersey Assembly, tell's them the King has made the chief Judge independant, by granting him his Salary, &c,4:141.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the same, chief- ly[ chiefly]on the troubles of America : dislikes the meeting of the Colonies in Congress, &c,4:662.

Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Answer to the address of Council.4:681. see index

  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his reply to the address of the House, in answer to his Speech,4:Ibid.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the Assembly, on american affairs. &c,4:858.
  • Feudal Tenure & System what4:242,4:250,4:257,4:263.
  • New York City of, their proceedings on the grievances of America ; choose a Committee for Congress, &c,0:537. see page4:40, column 2d, under New York city of.
  • New Jersey Counties meet, choose Members for a Congress, &c,4:549.
  • New Jersey House of Representatives adopt the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, resolve, &c: choose Members for a New Congress,4:664.

New Jersey their address, in reply to Governor Franklin[ William Franklin]'s Speech; Justify their choosing members for a Congress, &c,4:681. See State of New Jersey. see index

  • Non Importation, non export- ation[ exportation], & Non Consumption of goods, agreed on by the Continental Congress.4:606.
  • News of the Country's rising at Camb- ridge[ Cambridge], and obliging the Councellors to resign &c, arrives in London by the Scarborough Man of War: the reception it met within England, &c,4:626,4:630.
  • New London, see Town of.
  • Congress Continent- al[ Continental], members for another, chosen by the Province of South Carolina.4:708.

Congress Continent- al[ Continental], choose Doctor Franklin a Member.4:735. see index

  • Congress Continent- al[ Continental], take affidavits, respect- ing[ respecting]the Lexington Fight.4:737,4:747.
  • Congress Continent- al[ Continental], Advise New York how to behave, in case any more troops ar- rive[ arrive].4:739.
  • Congress Continent- al[ Continental], choose John Han- cock[ Hancock], President.4:746.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the same, chief- ly[ chiefly]on the troubles of America : dislikes the meeting of the Colonies in Congress, &c,4:662.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Answer to the address of Council.4:681.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his reply to the address of the House, in answer to his Speech,4:Ibid.

Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the Assembly, on american affairs. &c,4:858. see index

  • Feudal Tenure & System what4:242,4:250,4:257,4:263.
  • Frost, extraordinary effect of.4:262.
  • France, how many square leagues, & People it contains.4:256
  • Speech of Governor Johnstone, (an excellent one), in[ favor]of America.4:729.
  • Speech of ditto in[ favor]of America, and against Hutchinson[ Thomas Hutchinson]: says that a Fort even with a single Gun, can dis- lodge[ dislodge]any Ship of War, &c.4:992,4:999.
  • Speech of Lord Camden, in the House of Lords, against committing the American Fish Bill: speaks greatly in[ favor]of America.4:763.

Speech of Governor Franklyns[ William Franklin], to the Assembly of New Jersey, on American Affairs.4:858. see index

  • Speech of Lord Mayor Wilkes[ John Wilkes], in the House of Commons, on American Affairs, &c.4:877.
  • of Ditto, to the livery of London, when he failed of being chosen Chamberlain of London ; says the nation is ripe for Destruction, &c.4:1054.
  • Speech spirited one of Al- derman[ Alderman]Bull[ Frederick Bull], on the Treaties for For- eign[ Foreign]Troops to be sent to America.4:960.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the New Jersey Assembly, tell's them the King has made the chief Judge independant, by granting him his Salary, &c,4:141.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the same, chief- ly[ chiefly]on the troubles of America : dislikes the meeting of the Colonies in Congress, &c,4:662.
  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Answer to the address of Council.4:681.

Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his reply to the address of the House, in answer to his Speech,4:Ibid. see index

  • Franklin[ William Franklin]Governor his Speech to the Assembly, on american affairs. &c,4:858.
  • Feudal Tenure & System what4:242,4:250,4:257,4:263.
  • Frost, extraordinary effect of.4:262.

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