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Newspapers from the 1700s
The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
February 22, 1753
THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, Feb. 22, 1753 This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.
The imprint appears at the bottom of the back page, noting: "New York: Printed by J. Parker at the New Printing Office in B... See More
June 9, 1767
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Feb. 10, 1757, July 30, 1763, June 9, 1767, June 8, 1769, & May 9, 1772. Each issue is complete in 8 pages and is in good condition, a few with some damp staining & some foxing. A nice little group lot providing a flavor of life in England from the period when tensions were growing with its American colonies. Each measures about 8... See More
September 17, 1767
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 17, 1767
* Multiple reports from America
Page two has multiple reports from Charles-Town, South Carolina [current Charleston] which tell of robberies and other hostilities, some of which are described as "worse than the most savage Indians." See images for the graphic details. Page 6 has additional reports from Elizabeth-Town, New Jersey [cu... See More
September 29, 1767
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, September 29, 1767
* The death of Prince Edward, Duke of York & Albany
The front page has an order for a day of "General Mourning for his late Royal Highness Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany." Other items on the front page provide how this day of mourning is to be carried out. Prince Edward is the namesake of Prince Edward County, Virgi... See More
Item #646260THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1771 Most of a column is taken up with: "Mr. Brahm's Observations on the American Coast" which seems to deal with areas in Florida and the Caribbean (see). There is also a brief article on "The Great White Owl" which begins: "This elegant species is found in the countries round Hudson's Bay & in the Northern ... See More
October 16, 1782
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Oct. 16, 1782 Page 3 has nearly a full column headed: "American News" which is a detailed letter by a committee of Loyalists in New York who express great concerning about their safety & future should England grant the American colonies independence. One bit note: "...But should the great event of the Independency of the Thirteen Co... See More
October 24, 1798
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, London, Oct. 24, 1798 Page 4 has reports headed: "America" concerning the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, noting: "...During the last week the deaths averaged about 20 persons per day. The inhabitants are quitting it in every direction..." with more.
Eight pages, 9 1/4 by 12 1/4 inches, good condition.
August 3, 1799
THE LEEDS MERCURY, England, Aug. 3, 1799 I'm not sure we've offered this title before. Four pages, nice engraving in the masthead & nice red tax stamp in the upper right, but some soiling & minor damage to the front leaf with some old tape mends.
September 18, 1704
THE LONDON GAZETTE, Sept. 18, 1704 The entire ftpg. is taken up with details concerning the Battle of Malaga, (see hyperlink) one of the largest naval battles of the 18th century, fought over possession of Gibraltar. Included is a detailed chart: "A List of Officers and Men Slain and Wounded in the Battel, August 13, 1704".
Four pages, 7 1/4 by 12 inches, good condition.... See More
July 24, 1783
DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, July 24, 1783 The ftpg. mentions from New York: "...His Majesty's frigate the Perseverance...having proceeded up the North River as high as Dobb's Ferry with Sir Guy Carleton & his two Aids du Camp, a conference was held on board her between these gentleman and General Washington, his Aids du amp & two principal officers of the Americ... See More
March 13, 1799
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 13, 1799 The front page has an appeal: "To Delinquent Customers" signed in type by the famed publisher: Isaiah Thomas. Also: "A Proclamation" for a day of fasting, humiliation & prayer, by the governor. And also an "...Answer of the President to the General Assembly of Maryland..." signed in type: Jo... See More
June 11, 1774
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 11, 1774 Page 6 has a report from North Carolina focusing on the governor not approving a bill for the establishment of the Superior Courts. This is followed by other news from America.
Page 7 has: "Abstract of the Quebec Bill" which points out the various particulars of it. The provisions of the Quebec Act were seen by the colonists... See More
July 20, 1793
THE NEW YORK JOURNAL & PATRIOTIC REGISTER, July 20, 1793 Page 2 has a letter signed "an old soldier" from the Revolutionary War to President Washington concerning America's position of neutrality in the troubles in Europe. Other news of the day inside.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, some wormholes in top, blank margin, good condition.
August 17, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Aug. 17, 1795 The ftpg. has discussion of Article VII of the controversial Jay Treaty with England. And pg. 2 has an editorial letter on it as well: "An Examination of the Pending Treaty with Great Britain - To the President of the United States of America". Plus pg. 3 has a letter from the President concerning the Jay Treaty, signed in type: GEO. WASHINGTON... See More
July 22, 1799
FARMERS' MUSEUM OR LAY PREACHER'S GAZETTE, Walpole, New Hampshire, July 22, 1799 Pages 2 & 3 have much reporting on the war in Europe. A pg. 3 item notes: "The Intelligence...reporting General Buonaparte's defeat by Chezar Pacha near St. John d'Acre is fully confirmed...".
Four pages, handsome masthead, nice condition.
September 7, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 7, 1785 Pages 1 & 4 are taken up with ads including 9 illus. ship ads on the ftpg. and a a nice bkpg. illustrated ad for a "Hat Manufacturer" which shows the classic tricorne (three corner) hat of the colonial period. European & American news items on pgs. 2 & 3.
Four pages, nice condition.
January 20, 1787
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 20, 1787 The ftpg. & bkpg. are taken up with ads with much of pgs. 2 & 3 containing news of the day with datelines from Salem, Boston, Baltimore, Richmond, New York, Portsmouth & Carlisle.
Four pages, printed on rather thick-stock newsprint, very nice condition.
February 23, 1775
THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL & EVENING ADVERTISER, London, Feb. 23, 1775 Page 3 has a report headed: "America" with a Boston dateline noting: "...came to several resolutions relative to raising a militia. The preamble begins with: 'Whereas a great part of the inhabitants of this town may soon be called forth to assist in defending the charter & constitution of the provinc... See More
February 13, 1795
KENTISH GAZETTE, Canterbury, England, Feb. 13, 1795 Page 2 has an article: "Mutiny" reporting on the mutiny of the ship Windsor Castle, noting in part: "...The mutineers to the number of 600 refused to work until the Captain & first Lieutenant were removed. They seized the lower & middle gun decks..." with more detail (see).
Four pages, handsome masthead includes... See More
March 7, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 7, 1795 The front page has: "A PROCLAMATION" for a day of public fasting, humiliation, and prayer, signed by the governor of Mass., Samuel Adams. The top of page 3 has a Masonic "Grand Lodge" advertisement including an engraving of its emblem, and signed in type by: Paul Revere, G. Master (see).
Four pages, some light damp staining, gene... See More
May 4, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 4, 1796 The ftpg. contains two Acts of Congress with each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. One takes over a full column and is: "An Act for Establishing Trading Houses with the Indian Tribes" (see for the beginning).
Four pages, nice condition. ... See More
July 20, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 20, 1796 The front page features not one but three Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. One relates to building codes for new construction in Washington, D.C. and another is for: "...making Appropriations for the Support of the Military & Naval Establishments...".
Four pages, nice condition.... See More
January 26, 1710
THE POST BOY, London, England, Jan. 26, 1709-10 The entire single sheet issue, both sides, are taken up with the peace between England and France, with a banner introductory paragraph reading in part: "Having receiv'd by the last foreign mails an authentick copy of the Project of Peace lately form'd by the Court of France, to deceive the High Allies...but the original French (wh... See More
September 8, 1779
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Sept. 8, 1779 A nice newspaper from the midst of the Revolutionary War. Most of the ftpg. is taken up with discussions in Parliament which include talk of America including: "...wished to learn what was the present object of the war with America? How it was to be carried on, where, and with what? the force now in America, he presumed, could not in rea... See More
July 28, 1773
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 28, 1773 This newspaper from this period had one of the more beautiful & decorative of the colonial era (see).
The entire front page is taken up with "Proceedings in the House of Commons on East India Affairs". Inside has reports from London, Charleston, Boston, New York & Philadelphia including much deta... See More
November 11, 1771
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1771 I have always contended that this title had one of the more beautiful mastheads of the 18th century, with very ornate lettering and a rather large engraving of a sailing ship (see photos). The front page is mostly taken up with ads while page 2 has reports from Petersburgh, London, Providence, Newport, New York and Philadelphia. Items incl... See More
August 21, 1769
PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE, Philadelphia, Aug. 21, 1769
The back page notes in part: "...The measures, which I had taken regarding the late unhappy disturbances in North America have been already laid before you. These disturbances owe their rise to the ministry, not to the Americans...The Americans are now groaning under all the horrors of a military government, and nothing but the terrors of s... See More
April 24, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 24, 1769 Page 2 has an article beginning; "The inhabitants of the New England governments really seem in earnest to promote industry by encouraging home manufactures; for this we are under the greatest advantages..." with much more. It touches on the manufacturing efforts in each of the New England colonies.... See More
October 10, 1768
THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Oct. 10, 1768 A somewhat short-lived colonial newspaper by a publisher with Loyalist leanings. The entire front page is taken up with: "Description of the Anaconda, a monstrous species of Serpent...". Page 3 has: "A Letter from Mr. Voltaire..." signed by him in type.
Another page has a report from Charleston which begins: "The outrageous ... See More
December 19, 1768
THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Dec. 19, 1768 The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Most of the front page is taken up with a continuation of: "Voltaire On History".
An inside page has a report from a navy officer to a friend in Philadelphia which includes: "The people of Boston have a behaved in s... See More
Treaty ending the French & Indian War defines the political geography for this contentious period...
Item #646022GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1763 This issue contains one of the more significant documents of the 18th century, being: "The Definitive Treaty of Friendship of Peace between his Britannick Majesty, the Most Christian King, and the King of Spain, Concluded at Paris, the 10th day of Feb., 1763...". Resulting from it, France gives up Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, the St. Lawre... See More
Treaty ending the French & Indian War defines the political geography for this contentious period...
Item #646021GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1763 This issue contains one of the more significant documents of the 18th century, being: "The Definitive Treaty of Friendship of Peace between his Britannick Majesty, the Most Christian King, and the King of Spain, Concluded at Paris, the 10th day of Feb., 1763...". Resulting from it, France gives up Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, the St. Lawre... See More
October 21, 1779
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 21, 1779 Inside includes: "A Proclamation" by the governor of New York concerning the hostile actions of France against England (see).
But certainly the most significant content is the very early report of the naval battle between John Paul Jones and the Serapis: "...that there has lately entered the road of the Texel to of the King's s... See More
December 11, 1769
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 11, 1769 An interesting variety of news reports from both Europe and America. One bit from Boston notes: "...that many of the soldiers who had deserted from two regiments quartered in this town have lately returned to their colours...They have all received their pardon." Another item notes: "It is report... See More
November 2, 1745
THE LONDON GAZETTE, Nov. 2, 1745 An inside page has content on the Jacobite Rebellion: "Whereas a most wicked and unnatural Rebellion is raised in Scotland, in order to place a popish Pretender on the Throne of these Kingdoms...". Not less than 4 times "The Pretender" is referred to within separate addresses. Considerable details of the events leading up... See More
July 31, 1790
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 31, 1790 A front page article headed: "Residence" seems to be insight on the decision to move the nation's capital to Philadelphia from New York (see for portions). Pg. 2 has an article on: "Nootka Sound" which is on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Pg. 2 also has a report on Col. McGillivrary and various Indian tribes (see). Pg. 3 ... See More
January 27, 1774
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 27, 1774 The back page has a brief yet very interesting item concerning the future events of British-American relations, noting: "...great sums were likewise expended to protect the Bostonians, etc. who by their conduct did not deserve protection; that instead of keeping troops there at a vast expence, we might only send them over able officers & ... See More
March 1, 1787
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1787 Included near the back is nearly a full page of: "American News", beginning with mention that Virginia has created duties on imports, with details. From New York is mention that: "Congress have lately concluded a negociation with the Court of Lisbon in respect of trade..." with some details. A few other items (see).
Included ... See More
June 14, 1764
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 14, 1764 The ftpg. has much of a column taken up with news items headed: "America" (see). Pages 6, 7 & 8 contain various correspondences from the governor of Pennsylvania to the assembly concerning the "Supply Bill", one of the messages signed in type by: John Penn (see for portions).
Eight pages, 8 by 11 inches, very nice conditio... See More
February 12, 1796
FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Feb. 12, 1796 The ftpg. is filled with ads including 17 illustrated ship ads. Inside has an Act from Maryland relating to the creation of turnpike roads in Baltimore County. Also two detailed runaway slave ads
Four pages, a few minor archival mends inside, very nice condition.
Item #645945SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1787 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. Within this supplement issue, which was published at the end of the year, is a full page print of various coins, one of which is the Nova Cesarea New Jersey colonial coin dated 1786, with a very brief note on it on the following page: "Fig. 6 is sent us for decyphering as a supposed American coin." which it is. The print... See More
October 18, 1793
THE MORNING HERALD, London, Oct. 18, 1793 The bkpg. has a letter to the the merchants of Phila. from the Secretary of State signed in type: T. Jefferson, which concerns the problems with pirating on the high seas (see). Following this is the response of the merchants of Philadelphia.
Four pages, nice condition.
November 4, 1730
THE DAILY POST, London, Nov. 4, 1730 A single sheet newspaper of folio size with ftpg. news from London, Paris, and Vienna. The back pg. is taken up with ads. Nice red tax stamp at the top of the ftpg. Measures 10 by 16 1/2 inches, nice condition.
December 25, 1760
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 25, 1760 The top of pg. 7 has a report headed "America" with datelines from New York, Boston, & Newport. Mention is made that General Mockton had arrived at Phila. from the Ohio region, and that: "...Captain Rogers & Cobb arrived there safe...with a number of inhabitant & effects from these parts: that he has been at most of the ... See More
July 14, 1763
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 14, 1763 One-third of the ftpg. is taken up with various news reports headed: "America" including a report from Havana, Cua which mentions Morro Castle. Also: "...from the Havana say that the place was to be restored to the Spaniards on the 19th of that month & evacuated by the English...The Bishop of Cuba was returned thither from St. A... See More
June 9, 1757
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 9, 1757 Most of the front page is taken up with: "An Extract from a Letter Received by the India Ships...containing a particular Account of the unfortunate Affair at Bengal." In this report which deals with the capture of Fort William in India, mention is made that: "...The whole number left in the Fort being 250 effective men, we held out t... See More
February 25, 1772
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 25, 1772 Page 2 has a letter from Philadelphia which begins: "In my last I informed you of the great apprehensions we were under of an Indian rupture, and I am now sorry to have occasion to confirm that disagreeable intelligence..." with more (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, foxing to the front page otherwise good.
December 21, 1796
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Dec. 21, 1796 Most of the front page & carrying over slightly to page 2 is the: "Speech" of the President to Congress, being the annual state-of-the-union address of the President. The added significance is that this was Washington's last annual address, signed by him in type: George Washington. Page 2 also has the: "... See More
April 16, 1795
AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 16, 1795 A page 3 item: "Liberty Cap" concerns one stolen from a coffee room, with a $25 rewards for its return. Various other news reports & a great wealth of ads.
Four pages, some fraying at margins causing minor loss to only ads on the back leaf.
June 30, 1767
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Feb. 19, 1757, July 7, 1763, June 30, 1767, June 29, 1769, & Dec. 23 1773. Each issue is complete in 8 pages and is in good condition, a few with some damp staining & some foxing. A nice little group lot providing a flavor of life in England from the period when tensions were growing with its American colonies. Each measures about... See More
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