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Glorious News.

BOSTON, Friday 11 o'Clock, 16th May 1766.


THIS Instant arrived here the Brig Harrison, belonging
to John Hancock, Esq; Captain Shubael Coffin, in 6
Weeks and 2 Days from LONDON, with important
News, as follows.

From the LONDON GAZETTE.
Westminster, March 18th, 1766.

THIS day his Majesty came to the House of Peers, and being in his royal
robes seated on the throne with THE usual solemnity, Sir Francis Moli-
neux, Gentlemen Usher of the Black Rod, was sent with a Message
from his Majesty to the House of Commons, commanding their atten-
dance in the House of Peers. The Commons being come thither accordingly,
his Majesty was pleased to give his royal assent to

An ACT to REPEAL an Act made in the last Session of Parliament, in-
tituled, an Act for granting and applying certain Stamp-Duties and other Duties
in the British Colonies and Plantations in America, towards further defraying
the expences of defending, protecting and securing the same, and for amending
such parts of the several Acts of Parliament relating to the trade and revenues
of the said Colonies and Plantations, as direct the manner of determining and
recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned.

Also ten public bills, and seventeen private ones.

Yesterday there was a meeting of the principal Merchants concerned in the
American trade, at the King's Arms tavern in Cornhill, to consider of an Ad-
dress to his Majesty on the beneficial Repeal of the late Stamp-Act.

Yesterday morning about eleven o'clock a great number of North American
Merchants went in their coaches from the King's Arms tavern in Cornhill to the
House of Peers, to pay their duty to his Majesty, and to express their satisfac-
tion at his signing the Bill for Repealing the American Stamp-Act, there was
upwards of fifty coaches in the procession.

Last night the said gentlemen dispatched an express for Falmouth, with fif-
teen copies of the Act for repealing the Stamp-Act, to be forwarded immediate-
ly for New York.

Orders are given for several merchantmen in the river to proceed to sea im-
mediately on their respective voyages to North America, some of whom have
been cleared out since the first of November last.

Yesterday messengers were dispatched to Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester,
and all the great manufacturing towns in England, with an account of the final
decision of an august assembly relating to the Stamp-Act.

When the KING went to the House of Peers to give the Royal Assent, there
was such a vast Concourse of People, huzzaing, clapping Hands, &c. that it
was several Hours before His Majesty reached the House.

Immediately on His Majesty's Signing the Royal Assent to the Repeal of the
Stamp-Act the Merchants trading to America, dispatched a Vessel which had been
in waiting, to put into the first Port on the Continent with the Account.

There were the greatest Rejoicings possible in the City of London, by all Ranks
of People, on the TOTAL Repeal of the Stamp-Act, -- the Ships in the River
displayed all their Colours, Illuminations and Bonfires in many Parts. -- In
short, the Rejoicings were as great as was ever known on any Occasion.

It is said the Acts of Trade relating to America would be taken under Con-
sideration, and all Grievances removed. The Friends to America are very pow-
erful, and disposed to assist us to the utmost of their Ability.

Capt. Blake sailed the same Day with Capt. Coffin, and Capt. Shand a Fort-
night before him, both bound to this Port.

It is impossible to express the Joy the Town is now in, on receiving the
above, great, glorious, and important NEWS -- The Bells in all the Churches
were immediately set a Ringing, and we hear the Day for a general Rejoicing
will be the beginning of the next Week.

PRINTED for the Benefit of the PUBLIC, by
Drapers, Edes & Gill, Green & Russell, and Fleets.
The Customers to the Boston Papers may have the above gratis at the respective
Offices.