Help reading a 1735 Boston newspaper

John McChesney-Young jmccyoung at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 11 00:18:51 UTC 2013

Could it be "Coos," as in Coos County, New Hampshire? The word on that
page in the _Boston Gazette_ looks to me like either that or "Ceos";
the right side of the second letter is so faint it's not clear which,
but the last letter looks more like an "s" to me than a "t." See:
(_Gazetteer of the state of New-Hampshire_, 1817)

for Coos County's entry.

I see nothing promising in Massachusetts at:


On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 1:23 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> I ask for help from those with access to EAN in reading a dateline in
> the Boston Gazette of 1735 Oct. 6.  On page 4, col. 1, is the end of
> a letter signed and dated --
> ????, -------- 1735                     ESCULAPIUS
> I am at a loss for the first four characters, which look a little
> like "Ceot" but might be otherwise; and therefore also for a possible
> meaning.  Normally, I would expect a place name, in this case in
> Massachusetts or (less likely, from the text of the letter) New Hampshire....

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