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March 25, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 25, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
The front page has two Proclamations headed: "By Order of His Exce... See More
July 8, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 8, 1863 Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
A great issue on the events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, with reaction of nearby cities, the retreat & pursuit of the Confederates, reports on the events immediately following Gettysburg, and more.
The front page includes: "... See More
April 10, 1841
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, April 10, 1841 Wide black "mourning" rules on all columns on all 16 pages for the death of the President. Page 3 has the report headed: "National Affairs" "Death of the President of the U. States" with various particulars (see for portions). Additional details carry over to the following pages with: "Report of the Ph... See More
Item #660785THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), January, 1789
* James Derham, esteemed and promoted by Dr. Benjamin Rush - 1st African American (and slave) to officially practice medicine
* Thomas Fuller - an uneducated slave with incredible mathematical ability
* Reflections upon Lexington & Concord
The most noteworthy article begins on page 61 under the heading, "At a meeting of the ... See More
June 4, 1782
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 4, 1782
* American Revolutionary War
* Hostilities coming to an end ?
Page 3 has: "American News" which includes: "...Lt. Col. Lee, from the Southern Army...& informs that General Greene, with the main body of the army, continued in a position North of Pon Pon River within four miles of Jacksonburgh...that the British army remained in t... See More
November 8, 1860
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., November 8, 1860
* Abraham Lincoln elected
* Presidential election
This is the tri-weekly edition of this famous newspaper which is perhaps the best newspaper to have with news on any Presidential election, being from the nation's capital.
The front page has a report: "The Presidential Election" which begins: "As it has be... See More
Item #660368THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, September, 1780
* General George Washington letter
* Battle of Springfield, New Jersey
* General Nathanael Greene victory
Near the back is "Advices Received from America" which includes a letter signed in type by: George Washington, datelined at Morristown, with much praise for the Marquis de LaFayette (see), followed by a letter o... See More
May 29, 1869
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 29, 1869
* Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
* Great double-page print with article
The key print in this issue is a fine double page centerfold on "Completion Of The Pacific Railroad - The Great Link Connecting Europe With Asia Across the American Continent", which is a great scene of the Transcontinental Railroad with vignettes around... See More
July 26, 1839
THE GLOBE, City of Washington, July 26, 1839
* Runaway slave advertisements
A front page notice offers a $400 Reward for a runaway "negro man" and a "mulatto boy" with a description of each and details about the reward. (see)
Page 2 has a even more interesting ad headed: "Five Hundred Dollars Reward" which has descriptions of 4 runaway slaves. (see) Unusu... See More
September 23, 1849
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 1849
* Colt Revolver Ad
* Runaway slave ad
* Gold Rush era newspaper
The front page is filled with ads including a: "$150 Reward" ad for a runaway slave, with details. Beneath this is an ad: "Colt's Improved Repeating Pistols" signed in type: Samuel Colt. (see)
Four pages, good condition.... See More
June 10, 1854
GLEASON'S PICTORIAL, Boston, June 10, 1854
* Andrew Jackson
* The Tocconuc Mountains
This particular issue has the following woodcuts: Monument to the late Richard Johnson, at Frankfort, Kentucky - Equestrian Statue of Andrew Jackson, at Washington - Tocconuc Mountains, and Twin Lakes, Salisbury, Connecticut - Site of the Revolutionary Foundry, Salisbury, Connecticut - Lumbering e... See More
May 9, 1865
NEW YORK TIMES, May 9, 1865
* Dick Taylor surrenders
* Jefferson Davis on the run
* Union soldiers coming home
Among the front page column heads on the events immediately following the Civil War are: "HOMEWARD BOUND" "The Army of the Potomac in Richmond" "40,000 Heroes March Through that City" "FLIGHT OF JEFF. DAVIS" "He Was at Washi... 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
January 1, 1840
THE MADISONIAN, Washington City, June, 1840
* William Henry Harrison for president
This issue has on the inside page a political cartoon print of a log cabin (for Wm. H. Harrison) and a heraldic eagle engraving with "Harrison & Tyler" on a banner in the eagle's beak (see). Much political reporting.
Four pages, nice condition.
November 28, 1831
UNITED STATES TELEGRAPH, Washington City, Virginia, Nov. 28, 1831
* Confessions of Nat Turner
* Slave insurrection fame
Page 3 has an ad stating that a business has for sale, "The Confession's of Nat Turner". (see)
Turner was the leader of the famous slave insurrection in Virginia that occurred in September of 1831. Describes the "Confessions" as those "volunta... See More
February 22, 1786
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 22, 1786 An issue from the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War and before the creation of the Constitution & the new federal government.
Page 3 has a report: "Amongst the respectable patrons of the Alexandria Academy, a new & promising institution, appears the name of the illustrious General ... See More
January 14, 1890
DESERET EVENING NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, January 14, 1890
* 19th century Mormons crisis
* Great to have in a Salt Lake City Newspaper
This issue was published six years before Utah became a state. Among the front page column heads are: "AFTER THE MORMONS," and "Congressman Stewart Introduces a Bill to Deprive Mormons of their Rights," with suppor... See More
July 17, 1875
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, July 17, 1875
* Washington Harrison Donaldson
* Balloonist - ballooning flight
* Disappearance - missing
This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many interesting advertisements. The front page has an article headed: "A Missing Balloon" "Grave Fears for the Safety of Professor Donaldson" and more. (see)
Complete in 8 p... See More
April 15, 1865
DAILY MORNING CHRONICLE, Washington, D.C., April 15, 1865 As might be imagined newspapers from Washington reporting the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are exceedingly scarce and exceedingly desirable. Although newspapers from New York & Philadelphia remain among the most sought-after because of their proximity to Washington and the stature of big city newspapers, they pale in compariso... See More
October 21, 1779
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, October 21, 1779 A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 32.
Page 2 has: "By the King. A Proclamation" which begins: "Whereas we have received intelligence that preparations are making by our en... See More
December 6, 1792
CONCORD HERALD, New Hampshire, December 6, 1792 Page 2 has an address from the Senate to the President, signed in type: John Landon, President pro tempore, and a reply signed in type: Geo. Washington. Page 2 also has an "Address of M. de la Fayette, to the army lately commanded by him", signed in type: La Fayette.
Other news of the day including various advertisements. Issue has f... See More
Item #657793GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1755 The first article is: "A Compendious View of the Encroachments of the French in America, & of the Importance of the American Colonies to Great Britain..." which takes over 3 pages chronicling events of the war & mentioning that in 1754: "...a body of 1100 French and Indians attacked Major Washington, commander of the Virg... See More
Item #657756THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1778
The first article is a "...Debate...on Enquiry into the State of the Nation..." continued from a previous issue and has much on the Revolutionary War, including: "...that with equal force General Washington could not stand before the British troops, who were at this day perhaps the bravest in the world...General Washington'... See More
Item #657753GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1780 The first article has "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" which includes discussion of the situation in America.
Near the back the "Historical Chronicle" has several items from America concerning the Revolutionary War, including a letter from New York which has: "...since Gen. Clinton's departure fr... See More
Item #657751GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, July, 1781 The "Historical Chronicle" begins with: "Plan for Putting an End to the American War & for Laying the Foundation of a Permanent Peace with the Thirteen Colonies". Another report has some good talk on military affairs in America including: "...Lord Cornwallis has entered Virginia; that a reinforcement has entered Chesape... See More
January 11, 1840
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 11, 1840 The back page has a brief yet very significant item reading: "Mormons. The Mormons have purchased a tract of 20,000 acres at the head of the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi, on both sides of the river, including the town of Commerce. This name is changed to Nauvoo, from the Hebrew. The whole purchase money amounts to $70,0... See More
July 21, 1838
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, July 21, 1838 Inside has over half a page concerning the Trail of Tears, headed: "The Cherokees" which begins: "The removal of Indians, for emigration from the middle district, late Cherokee country, being nearly or quite completed..." with more. Included also are 3 related documents. The "Trail of Tears" was the re... See More
January 2, 1836
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 2, 1836 The front page includes a report prefaced in part by: "...A provisional government has been completely organized & a bill of rights adopted which will be found below..." and what follows is the: "Declaration of the People of Texas in General Convention Assembled" followed by the 8 posts of the Bill of Rights, includi... See More
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
Item #657500HARPER'S MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York, September, 1879 This issue is comprised of various articles, some of which is on gold mining at Dahlonega, Georgia which includes several small illustrations: "Newport Society in the Last Century" with illustrations including that of George Washington; "The King Collection of Engraved Gems" which includes several illustrations of coins; ... See More
October 4, 1869
NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 4, 1869
* New York Wall Street financial crisis
* Stock Market & gold Panic
* Post "Black Friday" (Sept. 24th)
With pages 1 & 2 filled with ads news coverage begins inside. Page 7 has column heads: "WASHINGTON" "The Administration and the Wall Street Panic" "Fisk Seeking the Presidential Confidence" "The... See More
December 3, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 1850 Taking all of the front page & part of page 2 is the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: Millard Fillmore. It is headed: "The Message".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Fillmore reviewed the events of the year addressing the broad scope of work which c... See More
December 3, 1845
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 1845 Taking all of the front page & most of page 2 is the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: James K. Polk. It is headed: "Message Of The President of the United States".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Polk reviewed the events of the year addressin... See More
December 10, 1840
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 1840 Taking almost the entirety of page 2 is the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: M. Van Buren. It is headed: "MESSAGE Of The President of the United States...".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Van Buren reviewed the events of the year addressing the broad... See More
December 28, 1859
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 1859 Beginning on the front page & taking most of page 2 is the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: James Buchanan. It is headed: "THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Buchanan reviewed the events of the year addressing the ... See More
December 5, 1833
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 1833 Almost the entire back page is taken up with the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: Andrew Jackson. It is headed: "MESSAGE From The President of the United States to Both Houses...".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Jackson reviewed the events of the year... See More
December 6, 1832
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 1832 Almost the entire front page is taken up with the annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: Andrew Jackson. As was typical with this annual tradition, President Jackson reviewed the events of the year addressing the broad scope of work which concerned the nation in 1832.
The document is headed: "Messag... See More
December 8, 1831
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 1831 Almost the entire front page is taken up with the annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: Andrew Jackson. It is headed: "MESSAGE From The President of the United States to Both Houses of Congress...".
As was typical with this annual tradition, President Jackson reviewed the events of the year ad... See More
February 26, 1853
ILLUSTRATED NEWS, New York, Feb. 26, 1853
* Published by P. T. Barnum
P.T. Barnum was the co-owner (see photos) of this early illustrated newspaper which preceded both "Leslie's Illustrated" and "Harper's Weekly" these latter two ultimately becoming immensely more successful. This effort by Barnum and the Beach brothers would last for only 48 issues.
The ft... See More
October 26, 1852
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 1852 All columns on pages 2 and 3 are black-bordered for the death of Daniel Webster.
Page 3 has an article headed: "Death of Daniel Webster" which begins: "The death of this eminent citizen, which took place on Sunday morning last, will occasion a profound sensation throughout our own country and the world. He died at an advanced a... See More
September 3, 1847
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Sept. 3, 1847 Page 3 has reports from the Mexican War including: "From the Rio Grande" which has: "...whenever General Taylor says the word, they will be as ready to march into San Luis Potosi..." with more. Also two more letters concerning military events under this heading.
Later From Texas" reports on the war.
Four pages,... See More
December 31, 1846
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Dec. 31, 1846 Page 2 has a very lengthy report concerning the sinking of the U.S. brig Somers. The Somers was doing blockade duty off the coast of Vera Cruz in the Mexican War when it sunk. The various letters & correspondences take one-third of page 2,plus there is a related article on page 3: "Loss of the Somers--Noble Conduct of her Officers and... See More
August 27, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 27, 1814 This issue contains a great wealth of reporting on the War of 1812, when the British were very much in the vicinity of the city where this newspaper was published. Certainly the most historic report is on headed: "Capture Of Washington City", which also includes text concerning events in nearby Baltimore & Alexandria. Incl... 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
December 31, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1831 It's always fascinating to find mention of notable people years before they would become a household name. Inside has one such report: an inconspicuous--yet noteworthy--mention of Davy Crockett, less than five years before he would die at the Alamo. As a member of Congress, this report notes: "...The speaker laid before the ... See More
January 18, 1833
SUPPLEMENT TO THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 1833
* President Andrew Jackson message
* Nullification Crisis re. South Carolina
An interesting single sheet printed on tissue paper quality newsprint; very thin. Save for a few ads on the back side the entire issue is taken up with the: "MESSAGE Of the President of the United States to both Houses of Congress, ... See More
December 10, 1862
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 10, 1862 Although this issue was printed during the midst of the Civil War and contains a wealth of reporting on the war, the most significant item is the discussion concerning West Virginia becoming a state, with front page heads including: "FROM WASHINGTON" "The Admission of West Virginia" "Mr. Conway's Speech in Opposition". I... See More
July 13, 1775
VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 13, 1775
* The Battle of Bunker Hill
* American Revolutionary War
* Very rare Colonial Virginia title
This newspaper was published by John Pinkney, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. Pinkney continued this title which previously was pub... See More
April 30, 1839
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., April 30, 1839 Certainly the prime content in this issue is the very historic and early front page report on the invention of photography, headed: "The Daguerrotipe".
The text takes takes two-thirds of a column and begins: "You have perhaps heard of the Daguerrotipe,so called from the discoverer, M. Daguerre. It is one of the most bea... See More
December 23, 1848
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 23, 1848 The front page has not one but three articles on the California Gold Rush including: "California Adventurers" beginning: "The 'stream of human life' is now setting as irresistibly towards California...The gold attraction is so strong that few are willing to lose the time necessary to go by water round the cape or ... See More
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