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January 14, 1843
NILES'S NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 14, 1843
The back page has the noteworthy but small report under the "death" reports noting: "Francis Key, esq. late U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, died suddenly whilst on a visit to his son-in-law, Mr. Howard, of Baltimore on the 12th instant. He was a man of a very high order of talent...He was author of the deserv... See More
December 14, 1843
EMANCIPATOR AND FREE AMERICAN, Boston, Dec. 14, 1843. The Presidents Message to Congress takes most of the front page, signed in type: John Tyler. In the last column is a list of the members of the 28th Congress. Has the subscribers name written above the masthead, two very minor ink stains in the text of the message, bit of lite fold rubbing and lite fold foxing, otherwise in good condition.... See More
September 4, 1844
EMANCIPATOR & WEEKLY CHRONICLE, Boston, Sept. 4, 1844 One of the less common anti-slavery newspapers with content as you might suspect, including a ftpg. item: "Letter of Cassius M. Clay" and more inside.
Four pages, several illus. ads, some light foxing, generally nice.
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
March 1, 1845
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, March 1, 1845
* Republic of Texas annexation
* Incorporation into United States
* Millerism - Second Advent of Jesus Christ
Over half of the front page is taken up with: "The Great Question - Annexation of Texas" which is the formal document listing the full text as approved by the Senate & the House of Representatives, including... See More
May 27, 1845
NEW YORK HERALD, New York, May 27, 1845
* John C. Fremont expedition
* Slave ship - Slaver
A front page report from The Republican concerning the route of "Fremont's Expedition" says:
* 'They will proceed to the Arkansas River, follow that river...to its source, thence they will cross to the Francis Drake river...down to its mouth, they are to proceed to a make a thoroug... 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
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 3, 1846
THE EMANCIPATOR, Boston, June 3, 1846
* Rare Anti-slavery title
* Charles Torrey is dead
A rather famous, although somewhat scarce, anti-slavery newspaper from well before the outbreak of the Civil War. Among the articles within are: "Charles T. Torrey Is Dead", "Slavery In China", "The Slave's Right to the Bible", "The Administration & the S... 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
November 7, 1846
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 7, 1846 The front page has: "General Kearney's Expedition to Tonie" which has a dateline of Santa Fe, Sept. 13, 1846, and mentions traveling to a town called Tonie, about 100 miles away, with much of meeting with the Pueblo Indians (see). Also on the ftpg: "The Slave Case at New York" concerning the slave boy named Kirk (s... 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.
May 11, 1847
EVENING POST, New York, May 11, 1847 Page 2 has a report about a meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society attended by a large audience "...drawn together by the fame of Fred. Douglass..." Says that Mr. Garrison "...rose to introduce Douglass, but it was evident he meant to make a speech of it....[and] he was put down by the...cry of Douglass! Douglass! Douglass began by de... 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
August 1, 1848
DAILY EVENING TRANSCRIPT, Boston, August 1, 1848
* Early & rare Kit Carson mention
Page 2 has a report from "St. Louis" that mentions the famous explorer and guide Kit Carson. The report states that he left Santa Fe on June 25 and arrived at St. Louis with dispatches from California. Among the news is word that a party of fourteen Americans was attacked by one hundr... 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 18, 1848
NEW ORLEANS WEEKLY DELTA, Louisiana, Sept. 18, 1848
* Western emigration
The back page has a small item: "The Santa Fe Expedition from Fort Smith" reports on their progress, noting in part: "...The report that 800 Indians were embodied awaiting their approach...that a fight had taken place between them, was all poetry." Also: "A Desperado" is a report of a... 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
November 27, 1848
NEW ORLEANS WEEKLY DELTA, Nov. 27, 1848
* Rare antebellum title
* Mexican War & more
Page 2 has an intriguing & detailed article: "The Great Sea Serpent Again". Page 3 has: "Mexico - Late From Tampico, Vera Cruz and the Capital" with the latest on the closing events of the Mexican War. Another page has a short article: "The African Slave Trade" (s... 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
February 1, 1849
INDEPENDENT DEMOCRAT & FREEMAN, Concord, New Hampshire, Feb. 1, 1849 Almost the entire front page is taken up with a speech by Mr. Giddings headed: "Payment For Slaves - On the Bill to Pay the heirs of Antonio Pacheco for a Slave sent West of the Mississippi with the Seminole Indians in 1838."
Four pages, nice condition.
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 the right c... 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
November 24, 1849
THE EXAMINER, Louisville, Kentucky, November 24, 1849 A quite scarce newspaper which lasted but 2 1/2 years, from June, 1847 thru December 9, 1849. Most of the front page is taken up with: "Slavery Sinful In Itself, and Non-Fellowship of those holding Slaves, the duty of the Christian Church". Also in this issue: "Important from the Sandwich Islands - Seizure of Honolulu by th... See More
December 8, 1849
THE EXAMINER, Louisville, Kentucky, July 24, 1847 A quite scarce newspaper which lasted but 2 1/2 years, from June, 1847 thru December 9, 1849. This is the #6 issue. Among the articles within are: "Influence of Slavery in Regarding the Progress of the Gospel" "Emancipation" "A Bishop Nearly Roasted" "Western New" "Latest from Santa Fe" "... 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 7, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Sept. 7, 1850 The front page has most of a column headed: "Debate In The Senate - Slave Trade In The District of Columbia" which carries over to take most of page 2. The back page includes: "The Rio Grande" being a report from Brownsville concerning the arrival of frontiersman Harry Lowe from taking 6 months to explore the Rio Gra... 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.
November 2, 1850
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 2, 1850
* William and Ellen Craft
* Macon, Georgia slaves
* Escape to the North
Page 5 has three-quarters of a column headed: "The Boston Slave Hunt & the Vigilance Committee" which begins: "The slave hunters, Knights and Hughes, left the city yesterday at 2 o'clock fully persuaded, after a week's trial, that all attempts to ar... See More
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
April 10, 1851
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, DC, April 10, 1851
* Thomas Sims - Negro
* Fugitive slave case
Page 3 has three reports headed: "The Fugitive Slave Case", "The Fugitive Case" and "The Sims Case in the Legislature". This is reporting on the famous fugitive slave Thomas Sims who escaped from slavery in Georgia at age 17 and lived for a time in Boston. H... See More
May 24, 1851
NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, May 24, 1851
* Slavery in the South
* Free Negroes debate
Page 3 has over a full column headed: "Slavery and Emancipation" which is fascinating reading & begins by reprinting text from another newspaper which is against emancipation, noting in part: "Free the blacks...and suppose the advice were taken by the Southern States...would it improv... See More
July 19, 1851
NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, July 19, 1851
* Very early secession tension
* Fugitive slave laws
Page 3 has a great article taking nearly 2 columns headed: "Runaway Slaves", beginning: "It has latterly been said, again & again, that the South would dissolve the Union if fugitive slaves were not sent back when called for..." (see for portions) which is a prophetic st... 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
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