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April 15, 1859
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., April 15, 1858 The top of the back page has an interesting article headed: "Rehoboth Beach" which takes 7 column inches. Near the beginning is: "About five miles below Cape Henlopen, on the Delaware sea-coast, is a spot of land now laid off as a town called Rehoboth. The fast land extends down to the beach, which is of hard sand, furni... See More
Item #654170THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1791 Included is an interesting article headed: "Botany Bay", being a letter from Mr. White, surgeon-general at Botany Bay datelined Sydney Cove, Port Jackson, New South Wales, April 17, 1790. This articles takes a bit over a full page.
This is followed by an article headed: "America" which includes a portion of President Ge... See More
Item #654169GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1794 Among the three plates present is one which includes a very nice street view of "The Queen's Head" pub in Islington, now a London suburb (see photos). Among the various articles is: "Further Particulars Respecting the Execution of Madame Elizabeth, by an Eye-Witness", beginning: "Madame Elizabeth, the ill-fated sister ... See More
October 10, 1871
DAILY MORNING CHRONICLE, Washington, D.C., Oct. 10, 1871 The front page first column has: "CHICAGO" "In One Red Burial Blent" A Wasted City" "The Fire Fiend Triumphant" "A Terror Stricken Population" "100,000 Persons Houseless & Homeless" "10,000 Buildings Destroyed" "Suffering & Starvation" "Fleeing Befo... See More
Item #653293THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, October, 1797 Among the many articles under "Review of New Publications" is: "A Letter to the Infamous Tom Paine, in Answer to His Letter to Gen. Washington, by Peter Porcupine." this is followed by: "Expostulatory Letter to George Washington, of Mount Vernon, in Virginia, on His Continuing to be a Proprietor of Slaves, by Edwar... See More
Item #653284THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, March, 1784 A very historic issue as it contains the complete text of George Washington's Farewell Address to Congress, officially resigning his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Headed: "The United States in Congress Assembled, Dec. 23, 1783" it has a prefacing paragraph which includes: "According to orde... See More
Item #653282THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1794 Although there is a wide range of interesting content in this issue, the prime content is likely a report headed: "The Execution of the Queen", which has in the first paragraph: "...informed the Convention that the trial of Marie Antoinette had lasted three days--that, being found guilty, she had been condemned to death, and... See More
April 19, 1864
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, NY, April 19, 1864 The most noteworthy content is found on page 4 under the heading, "The Baltimore Fair," which includes excerpts and commentary regarding President Lincoln's Speech in Baltimore, it being one of only three speeches he gave outside of Washington during his presidency - particularly noteworthy in that it was just a few years earlier a plo... See More
May 23, 1856
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 23, 1856
* Charles Sumner & Preston Brooks
* "Bleeding Kansas" Congress attack
* Best title to be had from nation's capital
In the annals of Congressional history few events would prove as bazaar as the beating of Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate by Representative Preston Brooks. Many website provi... See More
November 11, 1864
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Nov. 11, 1864
* President Lincoln gives 1st speech upon being re-elected
* Arming Negroes ?
* Jefferson Davis' speech to the Confederacy
Page four has the 1-column heading: "UNION REJOICES," with subhead: "Serenading the President and Cabinet - Speeches of Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Seward, and others." The article includes, in part, one of the most hu... See More
March 9, 1889
HARPER'S WEEKLY (with California Wine-Making Supplement), New York, March 9, 1889 The four page "Supplement" issue is titled; "California Wine-Making," with 3 1/2 of the 4 pages devoted to the topic (with six photos/illustrations). Also present is the regular weekly issue which includes: Full ftpg: 'The Arrival of Troops--A Scene on Penna. Ave. Before Inauguration... See More
September 2, 1852
THE NATIONAL ERA, September 2, 1852
* Charles Sumner's 1st major speech before the Senate
* Printed in a Washington, D.C. newspaper
* Decries the Fugitive Slave Act - references public reaction to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as support
On August 26, 1852, the newly elected senator, Charles Sumner, in defiance of strenuous efforts to the contrary, delivered his 1st major speech b... See More
February 24, 1853
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., February 24, 1853
* Harriet Beecher Stowe
This newspaper is forever linked to the best-selling novel of the 19th century: "Uncle Tom's Cabin", for the book was originally released as a 40 week serial in this anti-slavery newspaper beginning in June, 1851. It was the newspaper's publisher who encouraged Stowe to produce the work in book fo... See More
November 6, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., November 6, 1863
* John Wilkes Booth as an actor
* Rare appearance at Ford's Theatre
A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
While page 2 has various reports on the Civil War, of interest to the collector is the advertisement on page 3, headed: &q... See More
September 10, 1777
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Sept. 10, 1777 Page 2 has a report from Newport, Rhode Island, concerning a military encounter in the vicinity (see). This is followed by a report from New York, which includes: "...a convincing proof of the insidious mean stratagems which have been used by the leaders of the Rebel army to seduce the faithful Hessians from their allegiance: " an... See More
Item #652290THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE OR MONTHLY MUSEUM, Boston, June, 1789 This is the 6th issue of this uncommon magazine by famed publisher Isaiah Thomas. When it comes to noteworthy content, it is hard to know where to begin.
Starting from the back is the poem, "The Slave," (author anonymous) which is a thought-provoking anti-slavery poem printed in the slave-state of Maryland. Also interestin... See More
October 7, 1852
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 1852 This newspaper is forever linked to the best-selling novel of the 19th century: "Uncle Tom's Cabin", for the book was originally released as a 40 week serial in this anti-slavery newspaper beginning in June, 1851. It was the newspaper's publisher who encouraged Stowe to produce the work in book form, and it is common consensu... See More
Item #652260THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE OR MONTHLY MUSEUM, Boston, Sept., 1789
* President George Washington
* Benjamin Franklin
This magazine is by famed publisher Isaiah Thomas. The first article takes over a full pg. & is titled: "Description of Charles River Bridge". The plate called for is not present. Other articles include: "Marriage Ceremonies Among the Tschouwasches, a Finnis... See More
May 20, 1865
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 20, 1865 The front page has an article: "The Assassination" and another "President Lincoln's Funeral" and also includes illustrations of: "Ruins of Garrett's Barn...Where Booth Was Shot: and "Garrett's House, Where Booth Died" and: "Harold's House, Near the Washington Navy-Yard".
Inside has a ful... See More
April 6, 1841
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 6 and April 6 1841 Simply a terrific pair of issues on the inauguration and--just one month later--the death of President William Henry Harrison. The significance of this pair is that it's a Washington, D.C. newspaper, the city where Harrisoin was inaugurated and died.
The March 6 issue has most of the front page taken up with: "The I... See More
May 25, 1889
LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, New York, May 25, 1889 The full ftpg. shows: "Opening of the Racing Season of the Brooklyn Jockey Club...The Brooklyn Handicap: Scene at the Finish. Among many prints inside are: "Progress In Oklahoma--Two Typical Views in the Town of Guthrie". Also: "Tragic Death of Washington Irving Bishop, the Mind-Reader...".
Sixteen pag... See More
April 28, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 28, 1865 A very historic issue with the front page, first column heads: "BOOTH'S END" "The Shooting of the Assassin of the President" "The Flight and Desperate Resistance" "He is Traced Through the Swam[ps of Maryland and Virginia and Burned Out of a Barn" "He Refuses to Surrender and is Shot" "The Body In Wash... See More
June 1, 1854
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1854 pages 2 and 4 have a great deal of reporting on the discussion is Congress concerning the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It was signed into law on May 30, 1854, the day prior to this issue.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill that mandated “popular sovereignty", allowing settlers of a territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed... See More
March 6, 1849
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., March 6, 1849 Page 3 has nearly half a page headed: "Inauguration Day" with some nice text on how the ceremonies proceeded. Also an item headed: 'President Taylor's Inaugural..." which mentions that his inaugural address was received the day prior (see).
Nice to have this content in a newspaper from the nation's capital where the... See More
May 30, 1868
NEW YORK TIMES, May 30, 1868 History tell us that the very first official Memorial Day was in 1868. In that year General John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, various Union and Confederate memorial traditions, celebrated on different days, merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended t... See More
March 5, 1857
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 5, 1857 A terrific issue in which to find the inauguration and inaugural address of President James Buchanan. Almost the entirety of the first two columns on page 3 are taken up with the: "Inaugural Address". If is prefaced with: "The following is a copy of the Inaugural Address delivered yesterday by the Hon. James Buchana... See More
November 24, 1838
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 24, 1838 The top of page 3 has a column headed: "Butchery Of The Mormons" which includes in part: "The account of a bloody butchery of thirty-two Mormons, on Splawn's creek, is full confirmed...Considerable plunder such as beds, hats, etc. was taken from the slaughtered...About the time of the surrender, several Mo... See More
November 5, 1800
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 5, 1800 The ftpg. has two Acts of Congress each signed in script type by the President: John Adams, and in block type by the Vice President: Th. Jefferson (hole in front leaf affects the first Adams signature).
But more interesting is: "The Legacy of Another Dead Patriot of Virginia" which begins on the ftpg. & concludes on pg. 2 with a l... See More
November 4, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 4, 1863 A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
Page 2 has an innocuous letter signed in type by the President: A. Lincoln, headed: "The Reply of President Lincoln to Governor Bradford" concerning a voting issue. Included also is the letter of Gov.... See More
May 29, 1857
(5) DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 7, 9, May 29, 30 and June 1, 1857 An extremely significant set of five newspapers from the nation's capital, the home of the Supreme Court.... See More
The March 7 issue contains at the top of page 3: "Important Decision Of The Supreme Court". It begins: "Washington, March 6 -- The opinion of the Supreme Court i
The March 7 issue contains at the top of page 3: "Important Decision Of The Supreme Court". It begins: "Washington, March 6 -- The opinion of the Supreme Court i
December 8, 1827
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 8, 1827 Page 233 has an updated list of the members of the House and Senate, which includes the appearance of David Crockett, with acknowledgment of him being a new member. This is the earliest mention of him in a nationally distributed newspaper we have seen to-date.
Continuing at the bottom of this page and taking several pages is also the full ... See More
July 16, 1867
STAUNTON SPECTATOR, Virginia, July 16, 1867
* Uncommon title
* Washington County
A rare title that contains news of the day with several advertisements.
Four pages, some creasing, a little margin wear, generally good.
October 22, 1870
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, October 22, 1870 The front page contains "Buring of the Village of Bazeilles". Inside the issue is a full page with 3 illustrations: 'The Floods in Virginia' shows a flooded street in Richmond, and in Harper's Ferry and the Potomac at Washington DC. Full page illustrations are 'Bear Hunt in a Southern Cane Break', "Summo... See More
September 6, 1861
THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 6, 1861 The first column on the ftpg. has some nice Civil War heads including: "THE REBELLION" "Confirmation of the Reported Death of Jefferson Davis" (obviously wrong); "The Flags of the Rebels Flying at Half-Staff" "Intense Excitement at Washington" "A General Engagement of the Hostile Armies Expected" "A Great Bat... See More
October 23, 1859
NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 23, 1859 The front page has: "The Harper's Ferry Outbreak" "Arrest of One of the Insurgents" which begins: "A man supposed to be Captain Cook was arrested here..." with this article followed by many more concerning John Brown's work at Harper's Ferry, including: "Gov. Wise's Speech on the Insurrection" "Arms T... See More
July 16, 1811
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 16, 1811 Inside has over half a page taken up with a terrific summary of a recently published book: "The Travels of Col. Pike in the Louisiana Country" which comes under the heading: "Pike's Expeditions". Much of this article is Pike's efforts in tracing the source o the Mississippi River. A great account of early exp... See More
May 14, 1853
GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, Boston, Massachusetts, May 14, 1853
* Interior views of Niblo's Garden, Broadway, New York
* Multiple panoramic views of Washington Street, Boston
This issue contains: "Views of the Interior of the Opera House at Niblo's Garden, New York," and the double-page centerfold "Grand Panoramic view of the West Side of Washington St., Boston, Massachu... See More
Item #651244THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1778 An inside page has a graphic depiction of a: "Plan of the Encampment of a Battalion of Six Companies of Infantry" with related text. An article debates on Burgoyne and the charge against him of: "...employing savages...ever esteemed the Indian alliances, at best, a necessary evil..." with more. Another page has "Gen. W... See More
Item #651050THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1778 Among the articles within are: "The Theory of Insulating Bodies Examined, & some of the Supposed Properties which Electricians have ascribed to Glass, proved by Experiments not to Exist" includes reference to Ben Franklin; "On the Worshiping of the Primitive Christians to the East", and more.
The most significant co... See More
February 23, 1861
THE WORLD, New York, Feb. 23, 1861
* President-Elect Abraham Lincoln heads to Washington D.C.
Page 4 has 2 1/2 columns headed: "Movements Of Mr. Lincoln" "Ceremonies At Philadelphia" "From Philadelphia to Harrisburg"' Reception by the Legislature of the Keystone State" "Speech Of Mr. Lincoln" "Our Correspondent's Account of the Trip&q... See More
July 23, 1785
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1785
* General George Washington
* To move his residence to England ?
* Post American Revolutionary War
Page 2 has a report from New York with some news from the Assembly of the state which includes: "...very warm debates also have taken place upon the question of admitting Blacks, Mulattoes, Mustees, Quadroons...the the rights of citizens... See More
April 12, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 12, 1865
* Civil War is over speech
* Abraham Lincoln's last public speech
* Presidential proclamation 128
* Just 2 days before his assassination
This issue was printed just 2 days prior to Lincoln's assassination, with the front page containing what is noted as Lincoln's last speech.
The front page heads include: "OUR VICTORIES" &... See More
October 9, 1863
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER, Oct.9, 1863 It's always great to find news or advertisement tidbits about historic figures long before their names would draw national or international attention. Here is a great example.
Near the top of the front page is an intriguing advertisement for the play "The Merchant of Venice" at the Howard Anthenaeum, with the role of Shylock played by "... See More
July 20, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, July 20, 1865
* Abraham Lincoln assassination trial
* Mary Harris acquitted
* Reconstruction era
The top of the front page has: "Mary Harris' Trial" "Conclusion of the Washington Murder Case" "Exciting Scenes in the Court" "Sharp Practice of the Lawyers for the Defence" "Verdict of Acquittal" (see photos).
Other ... See More
November 1, 1780
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, November, 1780 Near the back headed: "American Affairs" is a letter from Sir Henry Clinton dated at New York, Oct. 12, 1780, in which he mentions the Benedict Arnold/John Andre treason, noting in part: "...the American Major-General Arnold had quitted the rebel service and joined the kings standard...and of the unfortunate failure of a plan ... See More
Item #650332GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1776 The first article has five pages taken up with: "Debates in Parliament" which include much discussion on the situation in America.
This significant issue contains General Washington's actual correspondence with General Howe and Lord Drummond on the prospects of an early peace, which would mean the Americans would have to abandon... See More
Item #650331GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1796 Certainly the most notable content is the: "Interesting Intelligence from the American States" which takes over 3 pages of text. Over 2 pages of this text is taken up with George Washington's state-of-the-union address to the nation. It is dated at Philadelphia, Dec. 8 & is prefaced with: "This day, the President met both... 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
Item #650211THE LONDON MAGAZINE, London, August, 1778 A nice & lengthy letter signed: H. Clinton, begins: "...I evacuated Philadelphia on the 18th of June..." then continues with great detail of the historic Battle of Monmouth, including the list of killed, wounded & missing. A few paragraphs begin: "...I had received intelligence that Generals Washington and Lee had passed ... See More
February 24, 1861
NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 24, 1861
* Early attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln
* Lincoln's new administration en route
The top of the first column has: "Startling Intelligence" "Sudden Departure of Mr. Lincoln For Washington" "Alleged Plot to Assassinate Him" "The Friends of the President Elect Discover it and Hold a Secret Council" "The... See More
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