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.