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April 29, 1812
ESSEX REGISTER, Salem, Massachusetts, April 29, 1812
* Vice President George Clinton death
Page 2 has a black-bordered column headed: "Death of the Vice President" concerning the death & funeral of George Clinton (see photos).
Four pages, various wear at the margins, a bit irregular at the spine, some foxing.
May 23, 1812
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, May 23, 1812 Under the article heading "Presidential Nomination" is "...For James JAMES MADISON, 82 -- No other person being voted for... On motion of Mr. Campbell of Ten. it was then Resolved, As the sense of this meeting, that JAMES MADISON, of the State of Virginia, be commended as a proper person to fill the office of President, for four... See More
June 9, 1812
SUPPLEMENT TO THE CONNECTICUT HERALD, June 9, 1812 The entire four page issue is taken up with various "Correspondence" with an introductory note signed by the President: James Madison, which includes: "I communicate to Congress...correspondence of the Secretary of State & the Minister Plenipotentiary of the U.S. at Paris. These documents will place before Congress t... See More
June 26, 1812
THE WEEKLY MESSENGER, Boston, June 26, 1812 On page 3 near the top of the second column is A Proclamation issued by President James Madison confirming the Congress declaration of war against Great Britain, stating in part: "Now therefore, I JAMES MADISON, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the same..." The Proclamation, dated June 12, 1812, is sign
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
August 29, 1812
THE WAR, New York, August 29, 1812
* Printed exclusively to report on the War of 1812
This is a fascinating, short-lived newspaper, having begun in 1812 with the exclusive purpose of reporting on the War of 1812 (hence the title). When the war ended, so did this newspaper.
Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a continuation of: "Address of the Minority In Congress", continu... See More
October 17, 1812
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 17, 1812 An inside page contains the: "British Account" of the significant War of 1812 naval battle between the Constitution and the Guerriere, containing much detail and taking over half of the page. Much more on the War of 1812 with: "Militia General Orders" signed by: Wm. C. C. Claiborne; "American Prizes" "The Southe... See More
December 28, 1812
CONNECTICUT MIRROR, Hartford, Dec. 28, 1812 Page 2 has much reporting from Congress as well as the military situation in Europe. The back page has an early advertisement for the: "Hartford Fire Insurance Company" (see).
Four pages, great condition.
January 19, 1813
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., January 19, 1813
* Ad for the portrait of Dolly Madison
* Proposed amendment regarding the Presidential Election process
The back page has a notice: "Portrait Of Mrs. Madison. Just Published by R. C. Weightman, A Portrait of Mrs. Madison, engraved by Edwin, from a painting by Stuart" & the prices.
Also included is the mention ... See More
March 13, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 13, 1813 Being from the midst of the War of 1812 it is not surprise that much of the content within these pages related to the war, with some nice battle (land and naval) reports.
But the key content in this issue is found in the "Supplementary" issue which accompanies it, containing on pages 1 thru 4 an: "Interesting Biography" &quo... See More
March 13, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, March 13, 1813 Being from the midst of the War of 1812 it is not surprise that much of the content within these pages related to the war, with some nice battle (land and naval) reports.
But the key content in this issue is found in the "Supplementary" issue which accompanies it, containing on pages 1 thru 4 an: "Interesting Biography&... See More
April 3, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 3, 1813
* USS Hornet vs. HMS Peacock
* War of 1812 original reporting
This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...... See More
April 3, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, April 3, 1813
* USS Hornet vs. HMS Peacock
* War of 1812 original reporting
Inside has: "A Proclamation" is from a few years earlier, signed in type: Th. Jefferson when he was President. This is followed by: "Captain Isaac Hull" which is a great & detailed biography of him taking 2 1/2 pages.
"Events of the War&... See More
May 29, 1813
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 29, 1813 Page 2 has 1 1/2 columns taken up with the "President's Message" signed in type: James Madison, in which he talks of the War of 1812 among other topics. Included is: "...In continuation of the brilliant achievements of our instant navy, a signal triumph has been gained by Capt. Lawrence and his companions in the Hornet sloop of war,... See More
July 23, 1813
THE WEEKLY MESSENGER, Boston, July 23, 1813 Pages 1 & 2 have a lengthy report from the Secretary of State, signed in type: James Monroe, & prefaced with a brief note signed by the President: James Madison. Inside has 2 more letters signed by James Monroe, plus one signed by: Napoleon. A few bits on the War of 1812: "Alarm at Washington" "Blockade of New London&qu... See More
August 24, 1813
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington City, Aug. 24, 1813 The front page has: "Latest From Lake Ontario" which has an: "Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman at Sackett's Harbor..." "Indian News" datelined from Milledgeville; "Report of the Big Warrior to Colonel Hawkins" "Croghan's Gallant Feat - Further Particulars".
Inside has 3 Acts ... See More
August 26, 1813
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 26, 1813
* James Lawrence & Augustus Ludlow deaths
* William Henry Harrison
* James Maddison
The front page has 4 acts of Congress, each signed in type by the President: James Madison, all relating to the military. Inside includes: "Southern Border War" "Latest From Gen. Harrison" in Ohio; "Latest from ... See More
September 15, 1813
ESSEX REGISTER, Salem, Massachusetts A lot of twelve newspapers from Aug., Sept. & Oct, 1813. War of 1812 content includes: "Expected Attack on Norfolk" "Battle on Lake Ontario" "Movement of the North Western Army" "Naval Battle on Lake Ontario" "Capt. James Lawrence"; a military Act of Congress signed: James Madison; "Barbarities of the E... See More
October 23, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 23, 1813 Certainly the most significant report in this issue is the report of Harrison's significant victory at the Battle of the Thames, during which the Indian leader Tecumseh was killed, collapsing the Indian confederacy & their support of the British in the War of 1812. Reported in his own words is the letter from Harrison begi... See More
November 6, 1813
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 6, 1813 Near the back under the heading: "Events of the War" is a very brief yet significant notice reading: "A letter to the editor from Chilicothe states it as a thing believed, that Brig. Gen. Tecumseh was killed in the fight on the Thames." There are also many other items on the War of 1812 including a "Proclamation" sign... See More
December 2, 1813
BOSTON GAZETTE, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 1813 This issue contains many reports and articles pertaining to the Battle of Chrysler's (Crysler) Farm. The front page of this issue contains an article entitled "Frontier War" and "British Official Accounts" which are signed in type: EDW. BAYNES. On page 2 is the "American Official Accounts" which is signed in ... See More
December 15, 1813
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, December 15, 1813
* John Rodgers
Page 2 has: "Northern Army Affairs" and "Copy of a Letter from Comm. Rodgers to the Sec. of the Navy" followed by a letter "To Commodore Rodgers" and "Congress Frigate Arrived" and a few other smaller items on the war.
Four pages, nice condition.... See More
April 13, 1814
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 13, 1814 The ftpg. has as letter from Com. Decatur. Pg. 2 has a brief item: "The advanced Cossack army were within 13 miles of Paris. Bonaparte has been defeated with the loss of 100,000 men." Another item: "Good News!" has: "The bill to repeal the EMBARGO and other detestable laws against which the people of Mass. have so loudly rem... See More
July 2, 1814
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 2, 1814 Among the articles are: "Affair At Scituate" "War in the Chesapeake Waters" "War in the Chesapeake Waters" "War in the Chesapeake" "Detached Corps" "Canadian Papers" "Our Envoys In Europe" " and "A Proclamation" signed in type by the President: James Madison which con... See More
August 27, 1814
NILES'S WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, August 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 & Ale... See More
September 28, 1814
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Sept. 28, 1814
* Capture of Alexandria, Virginia
* Battle of Baltimore, Maryland
* War of 1812
Half of page 2 is taken up with the: "Message" of the President to Congress, signed: James Madison, relating to the on-going War of 1812, in particular with the enemy's work so close to Washington, D.C. Also: "War Near ... See More
October 19, 1814
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Oct. 19, 1814
* Discussing peace terms
* re. Siege of Fort Erie
Most of page 2 is taken up with various: "Documents" concerning the work towards finding terms for peace to end the War of 1812. If is prefaced with a brief "Message" to Congress concerning it, signed: James Madison.
Page 3 has: "A Proclamation... See More
October 29, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, October 29, 1814 Most of page 2 is taken up with an article headed: "Mr. Jefferson's Library - Mr. Jefferson's Offer of Congress of His Library" which is a letter, signed in type by him: Th. Jefferson, datelined Monticello, Sept. 21, 1814. It begins: "I learn from the newspapers that the vandalism of our enemy has triump... 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
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
December 10, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 10, 1814
* United States Navy
* William Jones
The first five pages are taken up with the very lengthy & detailed: "Naval Report" datelined Navy Department, Nov. 15, 1814, beginning: "In obedience to the resolution of the senate...directing the secretary of the navy to devise and digest a system for the better organization ... See More
December 17, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 17, 1814 Almost the entire issue is taken up with "The Investigation" into how the British were able to invade the capital of the United States, Baltimore, & the vicinity, with an effort to find fault in the administration and/or the military leaders. A fascinating report with considerable detail and taking almost 13 pages. ... See More
December 24, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 24, 1814 Included is much on the: "Proceedings of Congress" and nearly 4 pages on: "Events of the War" which includes reports from Ghent, where work is proceeding towards finding an end to the War of 1812. It also has: "Extract of a Letter from Major General Jackson to Governor Early" dated at Fort Mimms; a report head... See More
January 7, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, January 7, 1815
* War of 1812
* United States Navy
Included are nearly 4 pages of: "American Prices" continued from an early report, being a very lengthy list of ships, with an introductory sentence: "These lists only included such enemy vessels as safely arrive in our ports, or are sunk or burnt, or otherwise 'satisf... See More
January 21, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 21, 1815 The first 5 1/2 pages are taken up with continued reporting on the "New England Convention", also known as the Hartford Convention, at which grievances were discussed concerning the on-going War of 1812.
Also in this issue: "Major-General Proctor" and "Events of the War" which has some nice content concerning... See More
January 28, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 28, 1815 Articles within include: "Lexington, Kentucky" which is descriptive of it (see); "Naval Establishment", a very lengthy: "Treasury Report" which takes over 4 pages. Also: "Events of the War" has some nice reports from New Orleans, beginning: "We are yet without definite intelligence from New Orle... See More
February 15, 1815
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, February 15, 1815
* Treaty of Ghent signed
* War of 1812 officially over
Page 2 has a two column wide heading regarding the news about the signing of the Treaty of Ghent: "PEACE--SAFETY, and Prospect of returning COMMERCE, and PROSPERITY." Note that the headline is prefaced with an incorrect date (January 15, 1815), and should be February 15... See More
March 1, 1815
MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, March 1, 1815
* Treaty of Ghent
* End of War of 1812
The front page of this issue has the: "TREATY Of Peace And Amity, Between his Britannick Majesty and the United States of America." The treaty contains a preface that begins: "His Brittanick Majesty and the United States of America, desirous of termina... 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
March 18, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 18, 1815 Inside has a letter from Henry Dearborn to a member of the Senate, followed by: "Navy of the United States" which is a letter form the Secretary of the Navy to a committee of congress, signed in type: B. W. Crowninshield. There is also a lengthy letter signed: James Monroe.
Further on are "War Events" which take... See More
April 8, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 8, 1815 The front page report picks up where the last issue ended, a continuation of a lengthy report headed "American Expose". Near the back are: "War Events" which includes a letter from an officer in Mobile dated Feb. 27, 1815, beginning: "We arrived here on the 18th inst. and were momently expecting an attack from the ... See More
U.S.S. Constitution vs. the Cyane and Levant, fought after the war was over... Chasseur, "The Pride of Baltimore"...
April 15, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, April 15, 1815 The best content in this issue would be the nice account headed: "Another Naval Victory" which is a report of the U.S.S. Constitution capturing the British ships Cyane and Levant off the coast of Portugal. This naval battle was fought unaware that peace had already been declared ending the war (see for portions).
Othe... See More
April 22, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, April 22, 1815 The front page has: "New Orleans" which has a collection of letters concerning the American victory there, including 5 letters signed in type: Andrew Jackson, plus other letters signed by Robert Butler, William Claiborne, Daniel Patterson & Thos. Catesby Jones. Much detail on this famous war-ending battle which tak... See More
May 6, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 6, 1815 The issue begins with over 9 pages on the Napoleonic Wars in Europe which includes a speech headed: "Napoleon, by the grace of God and the Constitution of the state, emperor of the French - To The Army" signed: Napoleon. This is followed by seven more letters by him, each signed: Napoleon, all being from shortly after his escape fr... See More
May 15, 1815
BOSTON GAZETTE, Boston, Massachusetts, dated May 15, 1815
* 1st St. Patrick's Cathedral New York City...
A page 2 report says:
* The new Catholic Cathedral, erected in New York, is 120 feet long, 80 wide, and between 75 and 80 high. It is in the Gothic style and presumed to be the most elegant Church in America. At the recent consecration, there were upwards of 4000 persons as... See More
June 3, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 3, 1815 Inside has an article: "Navy of the United States" which includes a half page chart of the ships of the United States, columns for "rate" "Name of Vessels" "Commanders" "Stations, etc.". This is followed by a smaller chart with text headed: "List for 1812--Before the War"... 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
July 8, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 8, 1815 This would be the definitive issue on the infamous "Dartmoor Massacre" as the article on the front page is headed. The article takes 7 page has has much detail, including 17 eye-witness depositions by those involved. There is also a nearly full page chart headed: "DARTMOOR PRISON" which is a list of American prisoners who were... See More
July 22, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 22, 1815
* James Lawrence - USS Chesapeake
* "Don't give up the ship"
* War of 1812
The entire front page and almost all of page 2 are taken up with: "Lawrence and the Chesapeake" which has much on the battle which cost Captain Lawrence his life. Portions of the report include: "...Lawrence fell! and the remaind... See More
August 12, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 12, 1815
* Napoleon Bonaparte abdication
The front page has: "Another Revolution in France!" which begins: "...Napoleon Bonaparte has again abdicated the throne of France. The details belonging to the things that preceded...What is the fate reserved for fickle France, we dare not conjecture...We are quite indifferent to the f... See More
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