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- By a daughter of liberty, living in Marblehead., Verse of eighty-four lines, describing the severe shortages and economic conditions which existed in Marblehead and other coastal towns between 1776 and 1780; first line: Our best beloved they are gone., Author from final couplet: Molly Gutridge composition ..., "Probably printed by Ezekiel Russell ..."--Tapley. Salem imprints, p. 333. One of the cuts illustrating this broadside poem was also included in the Downfall of justice (Evans 14740) printed by Russell in 1776., Dated  by Tapley,  by Ford, and [1779?] by Bristol. In 1779 Russell was printing at Danvers, Mass., Text in two columns divided by a single rule; printed area measures 31.8 x 18.9 cm., Two woodcut illustrations, the first showing a domestic interior with a seated woman and three children with the figure of Justice with scales in the background, the second showing a woman in a tricorn hat bearing a rifle and powder horn., N-YHS copy slightly mutilated, with some loss of text.
- Verse in twenty-seven stanzas; first line: Come all you friends to goodness, I pray you to attend., Dated  by Evans. However, the theme of extortion suggests to Ford and others that the poem was written about 1777 when this evil was a topic of common concern in the colonies. Cf. Winslow, Ola E. American broadside verse ... New-Haven, 1930, no. 89., Woodcuts are the same as those used frequently by Ezekiel Russell who was located at Salem, Mass., in 1776 and early 1777. In February or March, 1777, Russell moved his printing office to nearby Danvers, Mass., The two woodcuts show an astronomer examining the heavens with a cross staff, accompanied by an armillary sphere, compasses, etc., and a town with lightning overhead., Text in two columns divided by single rule., N-YHS copy: closely trimmed, torn, with slight loss of text; fabric lining.