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The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street, Boston on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th Regiment

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THE BLOODY MASSACRE perpetrated in King -- Street BOSTON on March 5th 1770 by a party of the 29th REGT.
[An engraved illustration comprises most of the page. See page image. ]

Unhappy Boston! see thy Sons deplore,
Thy hallow'd Walks besmear'd with guiltless Gore:
While faithless P--n and his savage Bands,
With murd'rous Rancour stretch their bloody HANDS;
Like fierce Barbarians grinning o'er their Prey,
Approve the Carnage and enjoy the Day.

If scalding drops from Rage from Anguish Wrung
If speechless Sorrows lab'ring for a Tongue.
Or if a weeping World can ought appease
The plaintive Ghosts of Victims such as these;
A glorious Tribute which embalms the Dead.

But know, FATE Summons to that awful Goal.
Where JUSTICE strips the Murd'rer of his Soul:
Should Venal C -- ts the scandal of the Land,
Snatch the relentless Villain from her Hand,
Keen Execrations on this Plate inscrib'd,
Shall reach a JUDGE who never can be brib'd.

The unhappy Sufferers were Messs. SAML. GRAY SAML MAVERICK, JAMS CALDWELL, CRISPUS ATTUCKS & PATK CARR
Killed. Six wounded; two of them (CHRISTR MONK & JOHN CLARK) Mortally