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October 2, 1844
EMANCIPATOR & WEEKLY CHRONICLE, Boston, October 2, 1844. As the title would suggest, this newspaper is themed on the anti-slavery cause from before the Civil War. Some of the news of the day includes: "Howe's Cave" "Mr. Polk A Slaveholder" "Webster and Clay" and much more. Nice condition, 4 pages.
October 26, 1844
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Oct. 26, 1844
Over a full column is taken up with a report with a small head: "Illinois. The Mormon war" which is mostly taken up with a letter which begins: "The war is ended and the troops are en route for home. This day the Governor held a treaty with the individuals against whom writs had been issued for being engaged in ... See More
October 31, 1844
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, October 31, 1844
The ftpg. has a detailed notice offering a "Seven Hundred Dollars Reward" for "...the following slaves, to wit: Lewis, who calls himself Lewis Brawner....Daniel calls himself Daniel Paine....Charles calls himself Charles Mastin....Henry calls himself Henry Chapman....Also Gradison....One other negro fellow, Vincent ....O... See More
November 1, 1844
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., November 1, 1844
* Runaway slaves ad
The front page has a detailed notice offering a "Seven Hundred Dollars Reward" for "...the following slaves, to wit: Lewis, who calls himself Lewis Brawner....Daniel calls himself Daniel Paine....Charles calls himself Charles Mastin....Henry calls himself Henry Chapman....Also Gradison...... See More
November 30, 1844
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., November 30, 1844
* National Lord's Day Convention
* Slave trade
On pg. 3 under "National Lord's Day Convention" is a report about the evening session of the convention, followed by a list of the resolutions that were adopted at the session held the next morning. Printing crease affects about eight words in one of the resolves. ... See More
May 31, 1845
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 31, 1845
* Judaica - Jewish
* Slave for sale ad
The front page has nearly half a column headed: "The Jews On The Continent" (see ) followed by an ad: "A Private Sale, a Negro Boy 18 years old...". Much other news of the day.
Four pages, some front page staining & a bit irregular at the spine.... See More
June 14, 1845
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, June 14, 1845 Inside has most of a column taken up with: "Benjamin Banneker" beginning: "The last number of the Maryland Colonization Journal contains a memoir of Benjamin Banneker, a free colored man of Anne Arundel county, who was distinguished for his mathematical attainments & the worth and excellence of his character..." w... See More
June 25, 1845
LOUISVILLE DAILY DEMOCRAT, Louisville, Kentucky, June 25, 1845
* President Andrew Jackson death
* Rare title w/ runaway slave ad
The front page is filled with hundreds of ads, a few of which are illustrated. Inside pages have various news of the day including: "Death of Gen. Jackson--Reception of the News". Another bit on this on page 3. Pg. 2 also has: "Something New I... See More
Item #153339THE EMANCIPATOR, Boston, 1846 As the title would suggest, this is an anti-slavery newspaper from before the Civil War. Never bound nor trimmed, some minor edge wear and some light browning. Complete in 4 pages.
April 26, 1846
MORNING COURIER & AMERICAN DEMOCRAT, Louisville, Kentucky, April 26, 1846
* Rare pre Civil War KY title
* Runaway slave ad
The front page is filled with a great wealth of ads, a few of which are illustrated. Inside pages have various news of the day and even more ads, one of which is an illustrated ad for a runaway slave: "$10 Reward" with details (see photos).
Four pag... See More
May 16, 1846
THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Florida, May 16, 1846
* Rare antebellum title
* Mexican War begins
Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, seven years before the Civil War.
The key content in this is breaking news headlines on page 3 from the start of the Mexican War: &q... See More
June 5, 1846
THE HERALD OF FREEDOM, Concord, New Hampshire, June 5, 1846 A semi-monthly anti-slavery newspaper done by Nathaniel Peabody Rogers. (see hyperlink for much on him & the newspaper) Articles included are "Opinions about the War"; "The Mexican Story"; "Slave Insurrection" and more.
Four pages, lite foxing, otherwise in nice condition.... See More
June 13, 1846
NEW YORK OBSERVER, June 13, 1846
* Mexican War
* The slave trade
The front page has: "Proceedings of the General Assembly" and "Discussion On The Subject of Slavery" which is quite lengthy. Page 2 has: "The Late Declaration on Slavery" and pg. 3 has; "Progress of the War--Surrender of Matamoras: Blockade of Vera Cruz--Murder of American P... See More
June 16, 1846
SALEM GAZETTE, Salem, Massachusetts, June 16, 1846
* Illustrated circus advertisement
* 19th century Salem, Massachusetts
Page 3 has an ad: ""Mammoth Circus! Grand Entertainment with Great Addition In Interest, Splendor &c." re. the Rockwell & Stone Circus. Has details, plus an engraving of an equestrian performance."
News of the day includes: "Dreadful St... See More
January 28, 1847
NEW-HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT AND STATE GAZETTE, Concord, Jan. 28, 1847 On the ftpg. under an engraving of an eagle and shield are a "Convention With The Grand Duchy Of Hesse Cassel For The Abolition Of The Droit DAuabaine And Of Taxes On Emigration", a "Treaty With Belgium, Of Commerce And Navigation", a "Treaty With The Two Sicilies Of Commerce And Navigation", a &quo... See More
March 8, 1847
LYNCHBURG VIRGINIAN, Lynchburg, Virginia, March 8, 1847
* A few slave advertisements
Page 2 has: "Later From Texas" "Still Later from the Brazos and From Vera Cruz" "Later from Tampico" "Canal Extension" and more.
Four pages, damp staining in the bottom one-third, nice condition.
March 20, 1847
WESTERN LITERARY MESSENGER, Buffalo, March 20, 1847 Near the back is an article headed: "The Amistad" which begins: "...before the adjournment of Congress...appropriating $50,000 for the settlement of the pretended claims of Rinez and Montez, growing out of the capture and freeing of Negroes on board the Spanish schooner Amisted (sic)...". Mention of John Quincy Adams spe... See More
July 8, 1847
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 8, 1847 The front page has: "Late From Vera Cruz" with news on the Mexican War taking over half a column. Inside includes: "The News From Mexico" "A Visit to Lake Superior" "A Faithful Negro" and more.
Four pages, some damp staining to the lower half, generally good.
July 14, 1847
EVENING POST, New York, July 14, 1847 Page 2 has a report with a small heading: "The Jewish Sabbath" which reports: "The Journal des Debats publishes a letter dated in Konigsburg, May 6th, which states that 700 Jews of that city had agreed to transfer...their Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. This measure is regarded as...proof of the tendency felt by Jews to assimilate themsel... See More
February 12, 1848
THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Florida, Feb. 12, 1848 Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, three years before the Civil War.
The ftpg. has literary & other items including: "Melancholy Affair" "The Gold Room in Windsor Castle" "Necessity of Suffering&... See More
September 13, 1848
NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, New York, September 13, 1848 On the front page of the issue is an article entitled "Millard Fillmore on Slavery" in which a gentleman(John Gayle) had sent Mr. Fillmore a letter stating that Southern papers were stating the he was an Abolitionist. Mr. Fillmore's written response is included in the article.
On page four, an article "A Remarkabl... See More
September 30, 1848
THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Sept. 30, 1848
* Rare antebellum title
Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly rare are those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, and from over 13 years before the outbreak of the Civil War.
A wealth of news of the day and many advertisements including an illustrated ad... See More
October 26, 1848
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 1848 The top of page 3 has an article: "Important Slave Case Decision" which begins: "The Case of Lewis Pierrie, alleged to be the slave of Robert Tilghman of New Orleans, came up again before Judge King..." followed by much detail concerning the case (see).
Four pages, nice condition.
November 15, 1848
NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, November 15, 1848 Page three contains an article entitled "The Slave Trade" which deals with the tragedies which occur when families foresee that they may possible be separated. This includes inducing their own bodily harm and even their to the point of their own death instead of being separated. "That was a most merciful attempt that was made in the la... See More
December 16, 1848
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 1848
* California gold rush
* Slave ship captured
Page 3 has over half a column of detailed reporting headed: "Later From the Gold Region" which is an early report, as most gold diggings were in 1849. Also at the bottom of the pg: "Slaver Captured" which reports on the ship Goodwin with 400 slaves on board (see).
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January 9, 1849
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 1849
* Early Abraham Lincoln
This newspaper contains on the front page a report from the "House of Representatives" which includes mention of "Lincoln" in a count of the votes of "Nays" in a vote concerning a "Private claim for a slave" (see). Also, page 3 has a similar mention of him in a discuss... See More
May 4, 1849
SALEM GAZETTE, Salem, Mass., May 4, 1849.
* Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
* Front Page Poem
* Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
* Front Page Poem
The front page has a poem: Resignation. By Henry W. Longfellow. News of the day includes: "Kentucky Emancipation Convention" "Cholera at New Orleans" "California Emigrants" and much more. Interesting advertisements as well. First leaf is trimmed close at t... See More
June 19, 1849
THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., June 19, 1849 Page 3 has much on the death of ex-President James Polk. Page 4 has a small ad for Colt's Improved Repeating Pistol. Also on page 4 is a $150 reward ad for a runaway black man from Luray, Virginia. As was typical of newspapers through this period, each column has black bold lines called "mourning rules", in honor of the death of ... See More
September 12, 1849
CHARLESTON COURIER, Charleston, South Carolina, September 12, 1849
Pg. 3 has an ad for the "New Orleans Circus" which includes details and a woodcut of an equestrian performance. Lists North, Stickney & Jones as the proprietors. Other ads present are for Negroes (slaves), shipping, railroads, and alcohol - some of which are illustrated. See images for details.
Archival mend to a ... 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
April 5, 1850
THE REPUBLIC, Washington, D.C., April 5, 1850
* Fugitive Slaves - slavery
* California Gold Rush
Page 3 has: "Robbery of a California" noting: "D. Campbell returned to the city...from California with a quantity of the sacred dust, which, for security, he kept to the number of 29 1/2 oz wrapped up & in his pocket..." with more on the robbery (see).
Page 2 has a... See More
April 25, 1850
EMANCIPATOR & REPUBLICAN, Boston, April 25, 1850 Although the title would seem to imply this is an anti-slavery newspaper, the content is almost entirely political, plus advertisements as well.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, a few minor archival mends.
June 29, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 29, 1850 Page 3 has half a column headed: "Fugitive Slave Case" "The Constitution & Laws Vindicated" which is concerning a suit: "...for the recovery of damages for aiding & abetting the escape of slaves...the Circuit Court...determined...in favor of the plaintiff. A verdict of $2856 was given by the jury against... See More
August 27, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Aug. 27, 1850
* Fugitive Slave Act in debate
* California Gold Rush
Well over half of page 2 is taken up with a: "Debate In The Senate - Recapture of Fugitive Slaves" which would ultimately result in the Fugitive Slave Act. Includes are many speeches by "Mr. Davis, of Mississippi", being Jefferson Davis.
The back page has ... See More
September 19, 1850
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., September 19, 1850 Being the mouthpiece of the federal government it was typical that reports & documents emanating from Congress would appear in print first in this newspaper. Collectors always desire to have notable governmental reports in newspapers from the nation's capital.
Not surprisingly most of this four page issue is ta... See More
September 21, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., September 21, 1850
* Fugitive Slave Law - Act
* Millard Fillmore signs into law
* Southern slave holders & Northern Free-Soilers
* Best title to be had from our nation's capital (rare)
Being the mouthpiece of the federal government it was typical that reports & documents emanating from Congress would appear in print first in this... See More
October 18, 1850
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Oct. 18, 1850 Page 3 has a lengthy article headed: "Fugitive Slaves--A Case of Kidnapping--Interesting Correspondence". It is a fascinating & detailed article, the photos showing just portions.
Eight pages, very nice condition.
December 28, 1850
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, December 28, 1850
* Fugitive slave case
Pages 4 & 5 have over a column taken up with an article headed: "Alleged Slave Case" with various subheads, concerning the case of fugitive slave Henry Long, about whom much is written on the hyperlink (see photos). Much detail, as this was from the beginning of the very controversial Fugitive Slave Act... See More
July 19, 1851
THE DAILY CRESCENT, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 19, 1851
* at least one Illustrated slave ad
* Illustrated riverboat ads
* Rare pre civil war title from the deep South
Rarely do we have the opportunity to offer newspapers from New Orleans from before the 1880's. Here is a nice pre-Civil War issue, complete in 4 pages.
The front page contains some news of the day with many illustrat... See More
October 30, 1851
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 1851 Page 3 has: "The Treaty with the Prairie Indians" noting: "The Treaty was concluded and signed by the Commissioners and Indians on the 17th September. It guaranties to the latter the payment of $50,000 annually, in money or goods, for fifty years, upon their faithful compliance during that time with the terms of the treaty.... See More
August 27, 1852
NEW-YORK DAILY TIMES, August 27, 1852
* Charles Sumner's 1st major speech before the Senate (excerpts)
* 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 before the Senate, taking over ... See More
September 30, 1852
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 1852
* 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... See More
January 7, 1853
FREDERICK DOUGLASS' PAPER, Rochester, New York, Jan. 7, 1853 (shown in the masthead as 1852, but inside pages and the vol./issue reference #'s confirm it to be 1853)
* Extremely rare title
We are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare--and highly desirable--newspaper by the famed Frederick Douglass. This weekly title is the continuation of his newspaper "North Star" which b... See More
January 20, 1853
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, Jan. 20, 1853
* Twelve Years a Slave
* Solomon Northup
* Kidnapped into slavery
The front page has a detailed account of the 1841 abduction and subsequent enslavement of freedman Solomon Northup as described in his 1853 memoir "Twelve Years a Slave" and depicted in the 2013 Oscar-winning film based on his account. Second column heads announce: "TH... See More
May 5, 1853
NEW YORK OBSERVER, May 5, 1853
* England celebrates Harriet Beecher Stowe & "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
* Treatment of Indians in California
Page 6 has under the title, "Reception of Mrs. Stowe in England," details concerning her trip to England - which includes the address made in her honor, and the response given by her husband on her behalf. Included is an intriguing ... See More
July 23, 1853
THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 23, 1853
* Slave advertisements
* Rare antebellum title
Page 2 has a small illustrated ad for: "...will be hired out at public Auction...a Likely Negro Man, for the balance of the year." (see images). And also another illus. ad: "Taken up & Committed to the jail...a negro man who says his name is Toby & belongs to Th... See More
July 27, 1853
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, July 27, 1853
* Slaves - slavery
The front page has: "The Fugitive Slave Case--The Health of the City, etc." being the slave case of Bill Fisher. This report takes three-quarters of a column and includes: "...as soon as the marshal drove off with the slave, a number of them followed the carriage. The friends of the slave will follow him, probably, t... See More
June 1, 1854
THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1854
* Anthony Burns "slave preacher" case
* Kansas-Nebraska Act - slavery
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 soverei... See More
December 15, 1854
FREDERICK DOUGLASS' PAPER, Rochester, New York, Dec. 15, 1854 We are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare--and highly desirable--newspaper by the famed Frederick Douglass. This weekly title is the continuation of his newspaper "North Star" which began in 1847.
Among the various articles in this issue are those headed "A Hundred Thousand Victims!!" "Liberia&quo... See More
July 21, 1855
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 21, 1855
* Fugitive slave law
* Pre prison sentence
The first column on the front page has a report: "Seizure of Slaves at Philadelphia" with is early reporting on the famous fugitive slave case involving Passmore Williamson, a prominent abolitionist, and the slaves he freed owned by John Wheeler. This report notes that the hearing for Wi... See More
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