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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.
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
July 8, 1826
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 8, 1826 Nearly two-thirds of the first column on the front page is taken up with a report which begins: "A great man has fallen--THOMAS JEFFERSON, the liberal and the just, the wise and the good, hath departed from works to rewards. He left us on the 4th instant, at 10 minutes before one o'clock, the 50th anniversary of the day, and possib... See More
July 26, 1828
UNITED STATES' TELEGRAPH--EXTRA, Washington, July 26, 1828 This was a campaign journal "...devoted exclusively to the Presidential election..." as stated in the masthead. It was published by Duff Green, who had come to Washington to establish a newspaper to promote the candidacy of Andrew Jackson. Mott says, "Green proved to be of the hard-hitting politician type of editor... See More
June 5, 1824
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 5 and 12 1824 This is a pair of issues which, between them, include a lengthy article headed: "Suppression of the Slave Trade--Convention For The Suppression of the African Slave Trade. The June 5 issue has an introductory letter signed in type by the President: James Monroe, followed by the "slave trade" article which takes over 6 pages a... See More
November 22, 1828
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, November 22, 1828 One of the front page reports has a small head: "The Election" which begins: "The most anxious & ardent, as well as the most rude & ruthless political contest that ever took place in the United States, is now decided in the election of a large majority of electors pledged to the support of gen. Andrew J... See More
December 31, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, December 31, 1814 Certainly the prime content of this issue is the detailed page 3-6 coverage of the British attack on Washington, D.C., one article headed: "The Goths at Washington" with the report from Paris telling of the destruction of the many fine buildings in the nation's capital (see photos for portions).... See More
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November 7, 1812
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 7, 1812 There are at least two notable reports in this issue, the first being the annual state-of-the-union address by the President, signed by him in type: James Madison. This was the first war-time annual message and much of this 2+ page "Message" deals with the War of 1812 (see for portions).
Nearly five pages are taken up with: "Events... See More
August 21, 1811
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, August 21, 1811
* Playing Cards Manufactory
* Letter to President James Madison
The prime content is the page 3 ad for the sale (at auction) of a Playing Cards Manufactory - with considerable details as to what was to be sold. Such ads are uncommon. Other news of the day along with period advertising is found throughout, including a front page letter from B. Irvi... See More
May 27, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 27, 1815 Inside has a detailed report headed: "Cruise of the Constitution" which takes about 2 1/2 pages and has much on the battle with the Levant and Cyane. This is followed by: "United States' Army - Organization of the Military Peace Establishment of the United States" which is lengthy as well. It includes a document sign... See More
July 26, 1808
NEW HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, Portsmouth, July 26 1808 Nearly 2 columns. on the ftpg. are taken up with: "AN ACT" concerning establishing court jurisdictions in Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio, signed in type by the President: Th. Jefferson. Pg. 2 has an article on the: "Embargo".
Four pages, decorative masthead, a hole in the back leaf not close to mentioned content, a few arch... See More
November 10, 1821
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, November 10, 1821 Perhaps the best item in this issue is the report headed: "General Jackson" which is his address to the citizens of Florida in which he announces the temporary organization of the government of Florida. This address takes over a full page and is signed by him in type: Andrew Jackson, Gov. of the Floridas (see photos for po... 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
December 3, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 3, 1814 Two pages are taken up with a nice & detailed account headed:"Attack Upon Baltimore - British Account" as taken from the London Gazette Extraordinary (see for portions). Included is the: "Return of killed & wounded in the action with the enemy, near Baltimore, on the 12th September, 1814."
Further on i... See More
February 4, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 4, 1815 This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period.&qu... See More
December 28, 1811
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 28, 1811 Perhaps the prime content in this issue is a report on the Battle of Tippecanoe, headed: "Battle On The Wabash" and prefaced with: "...message from the President of the United States, enclosing governor Harrison's two letters...on the late engagement with the Indians..." with the complete text taking nearl... 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
August 19, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 19, 1815 Certainly the prime content in this issue is a French version of the Battle of Waterloo. An inside page has a dispatch from the Duke of Wellington which recaps some of the events of the war and the follow-up movements. This is followed by a report from the French on the historic battle, which was a significant defeat for Napoleon B... See More
July 18, 1812
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 18, 1812 The front page page of this issue contains "A Proclamation" from the president for "...a day of public humiliation and prayer:.. to offer, at one and the same time, their common vows, and adorations to Almighty God... of seeking his merciful forgiveness, and his assistance... that in the present season of calamity and war... ca... 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
September 1, 1804
THE GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1804 The first column of a page is headed: “AMERICA & THE WEST INDIES” reporting: “By the New York papers, we learn, that the Coroner’s Inquest, held on the late Gen. Hamilton, have brought in a verdict of ‘Willful murder against A’ Burr, esq. Vice President of the United States... It is also stated, that Mr... See More
August 14, 1804
THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN REPOSITORY, Hudson New York, Aug. 14, 1804 The entire front page is an: "Editorial - Gen. Hamilton" which has near the beginning: "...a discussion which has taken place in the New York papers, with respect to the late melancholy catastrophe, by which the world has been deprived of one of its brightest ornaments..." which then reflects upon the ... See More
April 21, 1815
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER, April 21, 1815
* President James Monroe
Over half of pg. 2 is taken up with: "Furniture Tax - An Act" of Congress, signed in type by the President: James Madison.
Four pages, some light dirtiness inside.
March 19, 1817
ESSEX REGISTER, Salem, Massachusetts, a nice trio of consecutive issues dated March 12, 15, and 19, 1817 on the inauguration of James Monroe.
* James Monroe inauguration
* President of the United States
March 12 has on pg. 2: "The Inauguration" from Washington City, including: "Under the auspices of a delightful day, yesterday took place the interesting ceremony a... See More
November 20, 1826
THE VIRGINIAN, Lynchburg, Nov. 20, 1826
* Rare antebellum title
Page 2 has a nice letter written by: Andrew Jackson from the "Hermitage" concerning a visit to the Harrodsburg Springs, which would be "...necessary in the restoration of Mrs. J's health..." (see) There was an exclusive spa in this Kentucky town from 1820 - 1853.
Four pages, some loss at the spine ... See More
June 26, 1812
THE REPERTORY & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Boston, June 26, 1812 The top of the front page has: "An Act Declaring War between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America ..." signed in type: James Madison, followed by the list of "Yeas and Nays" in Congress in voting for the final passage declaring war. Th... See More
May 11, 1810
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 11, 1810 Page 3 contains a detailed building code notice for Washington, D.C., signed in type by the President: James Madison (see). Nice item on early restrictions for buildings in the capital city. Also a "Thirty Dollars Reward" for 3 runaway slaves, and another similar on pg. 3 and yet another on pg. 4.
Four pages, nice condition.... See More
June 11, 1800
THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL & TOWN & COUNTRY ADVERTISER, Rhode Island, June 11, 1800
* President John Adams
* Nation's capital moves
* to Washington D.C.
During the early period of the federal government the capital was in New York City, but in the early 1790's if moved to a new temporary location in Philadelphia as the nation awaited the development of the future nation&... See More
January 19, 1809
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Jan. 19, 1809
* President Thomas Jefferson
Over half of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress regarding an embargo, signed in type by the President: Th. Jefferson.
Four pages, nice condition.
April 24, 1809
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, April 24, 1809 The front page has a letter from Rhode Island to Thomas Jefferson concerning his retirement as President, with his response datelined at Monticello, signed in type: Th. Jefferson.
Four pages, rejoined at the spine, nice condition.
April 28, 1828
NEW YORK ENQUIRER FOR THE COUNTRY, April 28, 1828
* Jewish publisher
* Nice masthead
This newspaper was published by Mordecai Manuel Noah who is credited with being the first Jew born in the United States to reach national prominence. With his last name of Noah he though it appropriate to have an engraving of Noah's Ark in the masthead. In 1819 Noah wrote a play, "She Would Be a So... See More
December 25, 1807
REPUBLICAN WATCH-TOWER, New York, Dec. 25, 1807
* Embargo Act of 1807 signed into law
* President Thomas Jefferson
The top of the front page has the full ext of the historic Embargo Act, headed: "EMBARGO" "An Act Laying an EMBARGO on all Ships and Vessels in the ports & harbours of the United States", signed in type by the President: TH: Jefferson. It is ... See More
November 14, 1804
NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 14, 1804
* President Thomas Jefferson
* State of the Union Address
* Early 19th century original
Over half of page 2 is taken up with he state-of-the-union address of the President, signed in type: Th. Jefferson. A portion of his address deals with the new Louisiana Territory, just purchased from France the previous year. One paragraph begins: "With the In... See More
December 14, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, December 14, 1816 One of the more notable items in this issue is the back page item with a small heading: "The Jews" with the text including:
"...about $500,000 have been assessed on the public in one form or other for the last five yeas & expended---with what result? The conversion, real or supposed, of five Jews. This is at the rat... See More
October 3, 1812
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, October 3, 1812 The entire front page is taken up with a printing of the "Articles of Confederation & Perpetual Union" which were approved by Congress in 1777 and ratified in 1781. The text carries over to take most of page 2 as well, where it concludes with the signature of the various members of Congress (see).
Other items include: "An Act to P... See More
January 13, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 13, 1816 All of page 1 & a bit of page 2 are taken up with: "The Algerine Treaty" ending the Second Barbary War, signed by the two who did the negotiations: Stephen Decatur & William Shaler. But this would not truly be the end (see hyperlink).
Also inside is: "The British Treaty" dealing with some issues from the War of... See More
May 23, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, May 23, 1818
* Inventor Eli Whitney
* Cotton Gin invention
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... See More
May 12, 1806
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, May 12, 1806
* President Thomas Jefferson
The ftpg. has 3 Acts of Congress, each signed in type by the President: Th. Jefferson. Also on the ftpg. is: "A Proclamation" concerning bringing Henry Whitby to justice, concluded on pg. 2 where it is signed in type: Th. Jefferson.
Four pages, good condition.... See More
January 8, 1800
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL & MASSACHUSETTS FEDERALIST, Boston, Jan. 8, 1800
* George Washington funeral
The ftpg. has a nice account headed: "Washington's Last Illness" which begins: "Some time in the night of Friday, the 10th instant, having been exposed to a rain on the proceeding day, General Washington was attacked with an inflammatory affection of the upper part of ... See More
June 5, 1802
THE PORT FOLIO, Philadelphia, June 5, 1802
* Martha Washington death
* Mount Vernon
Page 5 has a very notable report under the heading: "Obituary" reading: "DIED, at Mount Vernon, on Saturday evening, the 22nd ultimo, Mrs. Martha Washington, widow of the late illustrious general George Washington..." with a bit more (see).
Eight pages, 10 by 12 1/4 inches, great ... See More
March 11, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 11, 1815 Nearly half of the front page is taken up with: "Day of Thanksgiving - By the President of the United States of America - A Proclamation" signed in type: James Madison. It was proclaimed, as noted near the beginning: "...to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity as a day of thanksgiving &... See More
October 19, 1812
CONNECTICUT MIRROR, Hartford, Oct. 19, 1812
* War of 1812 deserters
* James Madison pardon
Page 2 has several items on the War of 1812 including a report on the Essex frigate with Capt. Porter; a note that the President has: "...issued his Proclamation...offering a free pardon to all deserters from the army who shall surrender themselves to any officer...within four months.... See More
September 22, 1821
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 22, 1821
* Farewell address of Andrew Jackson
* England's King George IV is coronated
An inside page has a report headed: "Gen. Jackson's Address to the Army" datelined from his headquarters, Montpelier, & signed in type: Andrew Jackson, Major General, commanding the division of the South. This report takes close to a ... See More
October 28, 1807
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, October 28, 1807
* President Thomas Jefferson
* Proclamation to Army deserters
The front page features a Proclamation on Army deserters which is signed in type: TH: JEFFERSON and James Madison, Sec'ry of State. Other news, illustrated ship ads and advertisements of the day are within this issue as well.
Four pages, some foxing & light staining, generally... See More
December 23, 1826
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 23, 1826.
* The tombstone/monument of Josiah and Abiah Franklin
* Benjamin Franklin's parents gravesite
Page two has an interesting letter to the editor which makes a rather eloquent public plea for the city of Boston to take responsibility for raising/reclaiming the tombstone of Josiah and Abiah Franklin - a marker which was put up by Ben Franklin in me... See More
May 15, 1816
NEW-YORK SPECTATOR, New York City, May 15, 1816 The front page has a headline "American Bible Society". "It is with much pleasure we announce, that the Convention of Delegates from the numerous Bible Societies in the United States, which convened in this City on Wednesday last, have after long and mature deliberation formed an institution, entitled 'The American Bible Soci... See More
February 13, 1817
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 1817 A very notable issue as page 2 has the official report announcing James Monroe has won the Presidential election. Under n engraving of a heraldic eagle is: "According to the provision of the constitution, the votes given by the Electors for President and Vice-President were yesterday counted out...and it was officially proclaimed b... See More
May 11, 1820
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, May 11, 1820 The front page has a message to Congress concerning relations with Spain which related to the Adams-Onis Treaty, in which Spain ceded Florida to the United States. This message is signed in type: James Monroe. Pages 2 & 3 are mostly taken up with various documents relating to the Adams-Onis Treaty (see hyperlink).
Four pages, old tape end ... See More
April 1, 1816
NEW YORK EVENING POST, April 1, 1816
* Bushrod Washington letter request
* George Washington's remains
Page 2 contains a very notable letter signed in type by: Bushrod Washington, the nephew of George Washington, which is in response from the state of Virginia that the remains of George Washington be re-interred in Richmond. Bushrod ultimately does not permit it, citing the will o... See More
December 14, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 14, 1816
* Indiana Statehood
* Converting the Jews
One of the more notable items in this issue is the back page item with a small heading: "The Jews" with the text including:
"...about $500,000 have been assessed on the public in one form or other for the last five yeas & expended---with what result? The conversion, real... See More
May 20, 1807
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, May 20, 1807 The back page has a very nice illustrated ad for: "Church Bells - Paul Revere & Sons" with some descriptive text, and a rather large engraving of a bell. Please see photo for details.
This is complete in four pages with some lite dampstaining in the lower third of the issue, slight irre... See More
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