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U.S. Founding Fathers - 19th CenturyMany of the Founding Fathers of the United States continued to have direct and/or indirect impact well beyond the end of the Revolutionary War... their influence extending far into the early 19th century. The following issues, while dated post-1799, have references to these historic figures from American History.
U.S. Founding Fathers - 19th Century
Many of the Founding Fathers of the United States continued to have direct and/or indirect impact well beyond the end of the Revolutionary War... their influence extending far into the early 19th century. The following issues, while dated post-1799, have references to these historic figures from American History.
March 17, 1814
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, March 17, 1814
* Two Acts signed in block type by James Madison
* Proposal made to various Indian Chiefs
* Woodcut of a ship which includes the famous phrase: "Don't Give Up The Ship"
Front page contains two political Acts, each signed in type by Vice President: JAMES MADISON. The second page contains "...the substance of ... See More
February 18, 1826
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, February 18, 1826
* Indian treaty with the Mennataree Indians
* Thomas Jefferson in financial crisis?
The front page has an article which begins: "A treaty with the Belantse-etea, or Mennatarees, was concluded between gen. Atkinson and maj. O'Falon & many chiefs of this tribe at the Lower Mandan village...It provides for a friendly interco... See More
September 19, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 19, 1829 The ftpg. has an item: "Texas" which begins: "Many rumours have been afloat as to a project entertained by the executive to acquire the Mexican province of Teas by purchase or in exchange for other lands...". An interesting item in light of the Texas war for independence less than 7 years later.
Also within: "New... See More
October 22, 1825
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, MD October 22, 1825 Featured in this issue is a nice, early report regarding General Andrew Jackson's visit to Jackson, Tennessee. See images for details.
Additional articles provide news from various regions throughout America, and include political reporting.
This 16 page newspaper is in good condition, and measures 9 1/2 by 6 inches.... See More
August 25, 1821
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 25, 1821 The top of page 2 has a report with small head: "Napoleon Bonaparte" which begins: "The reported decease of this man is confirmed by an arrival at Boston from Liverpool. The particulars have been received direct from St. Helena...He died on the 5th of May after an illness of six weeks, the last two weeks only considere... See More
June 6, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 6, 1818 Perhaps the best item in this issue is the report headed: "Indian War" which includes: "....A party of the Tennessee volunteers amounting to near 50 arrived in this town [New Orleans]...from St. Marks. Gen. Jackson had discharged all his militia & himself with 1200 regular troops...If his purpose be to reach the Alabama, ... See More
January 29, 1814
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 29, 1814 Included is an article headed "Benedict Arnold" which is a piece in a British magazine prefaced with: "The famous general Arnold who abandoned the rebel service & joined our army at New York, wrote the following address to the inhabitants of America...Oct. 7, 1780." and what follows is the nearly full page letter signed... See More
March 20, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 20, 1813 A great issue for military content. Over a full pg. is taken up with: "An Act for the Regulation of Seamen on Board the Public and Private Armed Vessels of the United States" signed in type: James Madison. Half a pg. has a large chart: "Militia of the United States" with columns for various positions, artillery, & more. Also: &... See More
July 13, 1812
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 13, 1812 In addition to multiple acts signed by President James Madison, and multiple War of 1812-themed reports, page 3, under "THANKSGIVING," has a rare mention of "The Africans in Boston" (African Americans?) holding a day of thanksgiving commemorating the abolition of the Slave Trade. Details of a related march are provided, with th... See More
November 19, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 19, 1814 An inside page contain an article datelined from New Orleans headed: "Pirates of Barataria" which has rare, period mention of Jean LaFitte, the Caribbean pirate, portions of which include: "...great satisfaction in reporting to you that the contemplated expedition against the pirates, so long & strongly established among... See More
October 26, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 26, 1816 Nearly 2 pages are taken up with: "A visit To Flanders - Or, the Field of Waterloo", with reflection upon the historic battle of Waterloo from the year prior where Napoleon was defeated. It begins: "There is a sort of madness in the British about the battle of Waterloo, as they call it, where they got the glory that the Prus... See More
July 25, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 25, 1818 The prime content is a detailed report of the capture of Pensacola, Florida during the Seminole Indian war. American forces were led by Andrew Jackson who felt Pensacola was being used by the Seminoles for strikes against America.
Also a very lengthy & detailed report on the death and funeral of General Richard Montgomery.
Sixteen pa... See More
Andrew Jackson introduces what would become the Indian Removal Act & the resulting 'Trail of Tears'...
December 12, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 12, 1829 Certainly the prime feature is the full printing of the State of the Union Address given by President & signed by him in type at its conclusion: Andrew Jackson.
. In it he announces his controversial plan concerning the Native Americans which would be spelled out in the Indian Removal Act of 1830: "...I suggest...the propri... See More
November 27, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 27, 1813 Nearly a page is taken up with: "commodore Rodgers" which is a: "...sketch of the character of commodore Rodgers...". This is followed by "Events of the War" which is 3 1/2 pages of the latest news of the War of 1812 including subheads: "Torpedoes" "A Proclamation" signed in type: Wm. H. Harrison,... See More
July 9, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 9, 1814 The front page begins with an interesting editorial headed: "Hints to Patriots" and beginning: "Our enemy, disengaged from all other wars, prepared for instant action, with a power of arms, money & intrigue unparalleled experienced by 20 years battles in all the business of fight...seems about to gratify his long-continue... See More
July 11, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 11, 1818 The ftpg. begins with: "Declaration of Independence" reporting on celebrations of the 4th of July & beginning: "Forty-two years have past since this great paper was signed..." and noting the 5 signers still living.
Inside has: "Indian War" concerning the capture of Pensacola during the Seminole War ... See More
December 18, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 18, 1813 Among the articles are: "Maria Louisa Bonaparte". Also there are 6 pages taken up with: "Events of the War" with much news on the on-going War of 1812. Among the subheads and items are: "Arts of the Enemy" "Maritime Power"; a letter signed in type: Oliver H. Perry concerning the Battle of Lake Erie (s... See More
June 28, 1803
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, June 28, 1803 The back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia their subscriptions to the History of General George Washington."
Parson Weems was an author who wrote the first bio... See More
May 23, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, May 23, 1818 An extremely significant back page report is headed: "Labor Saving Machinery" includes: "There is now annually raised...with Mr. Whitney's machine, about one hundred millions of pounds of short staple cotton. To pick that quality by hand...before his invention would require the constant labor of 330,000 wor... See More
April 19, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 19, 1817 The most interesting article is: "African Colonization" which is introduced by: "The following is an extract of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson..." datelined at Monticello, Jan. 21, 1811, and signed by him in type: Thomas Jefferson.
Other items are: "Life of Fulton", being Robert Fulton; nearly half a p... See More
July 18, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 18, 1818 Of importance is the multi-page printing of former President James Madison's Address to the Agricultural Society of Albermarle.
The Wiley Online Library, in regards to this lengthy address, states the following: "James Madison's 1818 Address to the Albemarle Agricultural Society offers new insight into the diverse historiog... See More
January 22, 1800
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 22, 1800
* George Washington's death & funeral
The front page has two-thirds of a column headed: "Funeral Solemnities In Honor of the Sainted Washington" The first report under this heading reports on the solemnities at Medford, followed by the honors at Marblehead, then at Hallowell. The reports carry over to page two where is also fo... See More
July 17, 1804
THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN , Hudson, New York, July 17, 1804 (dateline misprint has 1803)
* Alexander Hamilton death
* Aaron Burr duel
* Early 1st report
Near the bottom of page 7 is a black-bordered report in "The Knell" which gives an early report on the death of Alexander Hamilton. It reads in part: "At New York, on Thursday last, of a wound received the morning pr... See More
October 15, 1802
NEW ENGLAND PALLADIUM, Boston, Oct. 15, 1802
* President Thomas Jefferson
* James Callender squabble
Page 2 contains a letter datelined from Monticello, Sept. 6, 1799, signed in type by: Th. Jefferson, sent to publisher James Callender, with whom he had a very contentious relationship.
Four pages, small ink stain at the top, nice condition.... See More
July 31, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 31, 1813 Most of the ftpg. is taken up with: "A Proclamation" by the President, signed in type: James Madison, for a "...day of Public Humiliation and Prayer...and the eyes of all be turned to that Almighty Power in whose hand are the welfare and the destiny of nations..." regarding the struggles of the War of 1812. Over half of page 2... See More
January 15, 1800
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 15, 1800
* re. George Washington's death
* Funerals - honoring his life
The front page has: "Funeral Solemnities, In Honor Of The Memory Of The Now Sainted Washington. 'A Nation's Gratitude is exhibited in these Testimonials.'"
Hereafter are reports about the solemn tributes in honor of the death of the illustrious Washingto... See More
July 13, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 13, 1816 Perhaps the best content in this issue is a nice full page article headed: "Peace and War" which concerns: "A society has been established in Massachusetts by some christian philanthropists to discourage war..." with most of the page taken up with the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, signed in type by him: T... See More
July 19, 1828
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 19, 1828 The front page has, "CHARLES CARROLL," which gives details of the last surviving signor of the Declaration of Independence presenting a copy of The Declaration to the mayor of New York City, along with a copy of a letter written in his own hand which states in part: "Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through ... See More
June 28, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 28, 1817 Inside has more than a full page headed: "Declaration of Independence" dated at Philadelphia, June 16, 1817. This is a lengthy letter from Thomas McKean, a member of the Continental Congress & signer of the Declaration of Independence, in which he clarifies the errors noted concerning the men who had actually declare... See More
June 10, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 10, 1815 The issue begins mid-sentence with: "Gen. Jackson's "Trial" taking over 4 pages. There are 3 pages of "Health Statistics" with state-by-state charts breaking down the population by sex, and age. There are nearly 2 pages of "War Events: Or Things Incidental to the Late War" which includes a su... See More
August 10, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 10, 1816
* African slave trade & more
The back page has a few interesting items including: "By a decision in Pennsylvania, the child of a slave born in that state is free." Also: "The commissioners of the navy are advertising for life oak and other timber for a ship of the line and two frigates." Also: "The ... See More
January 4, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 4, 1817 The most notable content in this issue is found in the 8 page "Supplement" which has a full page taken up with: "The Sage of Monticello". The lengthy article is the result of a visit by a writer to the home of Thomas Jefferson with comments on Jefferson's daily routine, his manner, and considerable discus... See More
January 31, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 31, 1818 Page 3 has a letter signed in tpe by the wife of John Adams; Abigail Adams, in which she complains to the publisher of the newspaper about an article on how guests at the White House were received in "The Drawing Rooms". There is a lengthy "Reply to Mrs. Adams" being an apology, signed in type: H. Niles. Rare to find&nb... See More
May 31, 1803
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, May 31, 1803
* President George Washington portrait
* American painter Gilbert Stuart
* Mason Locke Weems - Parson
The top of the back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia the... See More
April 11, 1803
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, April 11, 1803
* President George Washington portrait
* American painter Gilbert Stuart
The middle of the front page has an advertisement headed "Gilbert Stuart", noting in part: "...G. Stuart takes this opportunity, likewise, to apprise the public that he has pursued the necessary steps...to protect his works for the future f... See More
December 1, 1800
BOSTON GAZETTE , Dec. 1, 1800
* President John Adams
* State of the Union Address
Page 2 begins with the: "Speech" delivered by the President, being his state-of-the-union address to Congress, signed in type: John Adams. This address takes nearly 1 1/2 columns.
Four pages, foxing, damp staining to the top portion.... See More
January 6, 1816
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 6, 1816 Perhaps the best content in this issue is the very nice full page chart headed: "NAVAL BATTLES" which lists the various naval actions of the War of 1812, with columns headed "Action Between" "When" "Where fought" "Commander's Name" and several more (see). This chart includes a great wealth of c... See More
December 5, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 5, 1818 Inside has nearly two pages concerning the Indian troubles in Georgia and the thoughts of Andrew Jackson on the situation. See the hyperlink for further details of the controversy, which includes text taken from one of Jackson's letters printed in this newspaper.
In the second of two "Supplement" issues is a report with a sma... See More
November 20, 1824
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, November 20, 1824 Inside has over 3 pages taken up with various reports concerning the "Presidential Election", with local & stare returns as received up to the publication date. It would ultimately be won by John Quincy Adams. A brief item: "The Pirates" reports of a ship captured off the coast of Cuba by pirates who murdered al... See More
May 23, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 23, 1829
* John Jay death
Page 6 has a brief & inconspicuous--yet notable--report of the death of John Jay, the nation's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court: "The venerable John Jay, formerly chief justice of the United States,, etc. died in Westchester county, New York, on Sunday last in the 85th year of his age. The New York pape... See More
August 1, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 1, 1829 The top of the ftpg. has a small bit about Martin Van Buren, Secretary of State at the time, being granted an honorary doctorate of law degree from Rutgers' College.
Inside has an article: "Slavery In Colombia" as well as: "Georgia And The Cherokees" being a letter from the brother of a chief and his anger at their ... See More
September 25, 1806
EASTERN ARGUS, Portland, Sept. 25, 1806
* Rare 19th century title
* Thomas Jefferson
This was actually part of Massachusetts at the time as Maine did not become a state until 1820. A very early Maine newspaper 14 years before statehood.
Most of the ftpg. is taken up with An Act" of Congress relating to claims of land in the territory of Orleans, part of the recent Louisiana Purc... See More
April 15, 1808
GAZETA DE MADRID, Spain, April 15, 1808 The ftpg. begins with news from America announcing the election of James Madison as President. Eight pages, never bound nor trimmed, 6 by 8 3/4 inches, great condition.
January 22, 1814
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 22, 1814 Much reporting from "Congress" includes letters signed in type by James Madison, John Q. Adams and James Monroe. Also: "Events of the War" is nearly 2 pages of reports from the on-going War of 1812 including subheads: "Traitors--Actual & Moral" "Flag of Truce" "the Niagara Frontier" "The ... See More
December 4, 1809
BOSTON GAZETTE, Dec. 4, 1809
* President James Madison
* State of the Union Address
Taking nearly 2 columns on page 2 is the: President's "Message", being his annual state-of-the-union address in which he recounts the events of the year, signed in type: James Madison. This is followed by an editorial on it headed: "The Message".
Four pages, never bound nor tri... See More
April 29, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 29, 1815 (with supplement) Inside has much under the heading: "New Orleans" which begins: "General Orders. The commanding general, with the most lively emotions of joy & of gratitude to heaven, announces to the troops under his command that a treaty of peace between the United States and Great Britain was ratified and exchanged ... See More
March 4, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 4, 1815 The issue begins with a great editorial concerning the end of the War of 1812, beginning: "The last six months is the proudest period in the history of the republic. The review presents us with a galaxy of glorious war deeds, terminating in an honorable peace, happily signed in the very arms of victory..." with much more, taking ... See More
February 5, 1814
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 5, 1814 Among the "Laws of the United States" is: "An Act making further provision for filling the ranks of the regular army, encouraging enlistments..." signed in type: James Madison. There are 5 pages taken up with: "Events of the War" concerning news from the War of 1812. Included are subheads & reports: "Co... See More
April 21, 1804
BOSTON WEEKLY MAGAZINE, April 21, 1804
* First Barbary War - Tripolitan
Page 3 has reports on the Barbary Wars including: "Commodore Preble writes...'I have just returned from a cruise off Tripoli where in the 23d December I captured a vessel with the Bashaw's presents to the grand Signior...I trust this capture will give us considerable advantages in negociating a p... See More
March 6, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 6, 1813 Beginning on the front page and taking 4 1/2 pages is the: "British Declaration" in which the reason for the War of 1812 is explained from the British point of view. It begins: "The earnest endeavors of the prince regent to preserve the relations of peace & unity with the United States of America having unfortunately failed, hi... See More
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