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HICKS, John, journalist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, about 1750; died in Newton, Massachusetts His father was killed at the battle of Lexington, and it is supposed that the son was with him. In 1773, with Nathaniel Mills, he bought of Green and Russell the "Massachusetts Gazette and Post-Boy," which he conducted with spirit and ability in the interest of the British. As many of the articles gave evidence of great political knowledge and judgment, it was supposed that officers of the British army were among its contributors. He went to Halifax in 1776, and continued with the royal troops throughout the war. He was proscribed and banished by the Massachusetts government in 1778. After the evacuation of New York, he went again to Halifax, but after remaining there a few years returned and purchased an estate at Newton, Massachusetts, where he resided until his death.
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