No to the Stamp!

No to the Stamp! (HM1YM4)

Location: Frederick, MD 21701 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.96', W 77° 24.757'

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"The STAMP-ACT having received a mortal wound by the Hands of Justice, on Saturday last gave up the Ghost, to the great joy of the Inhabitants of Frederick County. The lifeless body lay exposed to public Ignominy 'til Yesterday, when it was thought proper, for preventing infection-from its stench to bury it in the following manner..." — Excerpt from the account appearing in the Maryland Gazette December 16, 1765

On November 30th, 1765, Frederick County citizens assembled here, where their first courthouse stood. They were showing support for the daring action taken a week earlier in which Justices of Frederick County repudiated (rejected) the Crown's new law forcing the colonies to use taxed stamped paper for all business transactions. The deed by the Justices would later be considered the first rebellious act of defiance by an official body toward British Parliament and the King of England.

This British seal was to be stamped on all paper. The Stamp Act served as a tax to recoup payment for protection given to the American colonies by the Crown during the French and Indian War.

Outspoken Annapolis printer Jonas Green used a "death's head" stamp in the Maryland Gazette to protest the Stamp Act, which also required publishers to use taxed paper. Note that the Maryland Gazette front page (above) from October of that year bears the symbol.
HM NumberHM1YM4
Historical Period18th Century
Historical PlaceGov Building, Church/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric District
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
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Date Added Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 292304 N 4365719
Decimal Degrees39.41600000, -77.41261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.96', W 77° 24.757'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 57.6000" N, 77° 24' 45.4200" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 240
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 160 Council St, Frederick MD 21701, US
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