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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
THE EXAMINER, Louisville, Kentucky, August 11, 1849 A quite scarce newspaper anti-slavery newspaper which lasted but 2 1/2 years, from June, 1847 thru December 9, 1849 Page 2 has much content concerning the recent election and the slavery/anti-slavery issue and candidates. One article; "Not a Defeat but a Delay" begins: "No Emancipationist ought to be discouraged by the ... See More
NEW ORLEANS WEEKLY DELTA, Sept. 3, 1849
* Rare antebellum title
The top of the front page has a nice travelogue-style article in a "Letter from Col. Clairborne concerning a portion of Louisiana. Also a: "Letter from Capt. Bender" which is interesting (see). "The Saratoga of Mississippi--A Real Watering Place--Customs of the Place--Enterprising Mules..." written... See More
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
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
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.
THE NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, June 15, 1850
* Walt Whitman's "The House of Friends" - *1st week appearance
* Printed for the New York Tribune
* His response to Northern Democrats who supported the (Fugitive Slave) Compromise of 1850
The front page has the noteworthy poem from Walt Whitman (signed in type, WALTER WHITMAN), "THE HOUSE OF FRIENDS," which is a first-week ... See More
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
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., September 21, 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 taken up... See More
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 1, 1854
* American slavery
Page 5 has a fascinating, very lengthy, and detailed article headed: "Slavery Described By An Eye-Witness" which begins: "Last August I visited a retired agricultural district of Virginia, wishing to see my friend & to look at slavery with my own eyes...We reached Norfolk next day in the afternoon. I never had seen a s... See More
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
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
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Jan. 30, 1855
* New Orleans slave auction
* Great descriptive account
The first column of page 3 contains an incredibly graphic eye-witness account of a slave auction by one totally unfamiliar to such a scene. His comments are both objective & horrific as he relays what he sees. Datelined at New Orleans, he notes near the beginning: "I have just returned fro... See More
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
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 22, 1855 The ftpg. shows: "Sunken Schooner Eudora, From City Island" with more relate prints inside including; "The Eudora Tragedy--Arrest of the Negro" and "Burning of the Steamers at Memphis". Also a print of: "Greytown, Nicaragua" "Explosion of a Steam Fire-Engine, Cincinnati" a doublepg. cent... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Jan. 17, 1856
* Slaver on trial
* Slave ship
Page 3 has a column-long article headed: "The African Slave Trade" "Trial of Manuel Echeverria On A Charge of Fitting Out A Slaver" (see for beginning).
Eight pages, very nice condition.
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 9, 1856 Page 5 has: "An Interesting Slave Case" concerning: "...a young colored woman & her children claimed as slaves..." and what follows are the details of a very fascinating case (see).
Eight pages, very nice condition.
NEW YORK WEEKLY TRIBUNE, May 24, 1856 The front page has: "Later From Kansas" "Reign of Terror In the Territory" "Attack Fixed for Yesterday" "Buford's Men Enlisted" "Clean Work to be Made at Lawrence". Also pages 3 & 4 have: "Kansas Must Be Admitted - A Great Speech by Mr. Sumner" which is very lengthy.
Eight p... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 31, 1857 Early from the first year (issue #5) with relatively few illustrations, but including a nice one of; "Dr. Livingstone, the African Explorer". Also is an article "Walker and Nicaragua". A few scenes from Russia. "More Insanity" showing several cures.
Complete in 16 pages, in very good condition (as shown), an... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 21, 1857 An article entitled "Welcome to Horace Vernet" features a small illustration of him as well as a drawing by him which contains his autograph with date. Contains ten illustrations of Bermuda and its people in this article headed: 'A Cruise To the Somers Islands'. Few other illustrations, still being an early volume one issue.
Co... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 18, 1857 The front page has a half page illustration of: 'Hebron', being an overview of the city with the accompany article 'Travel Notes in Bible Lands'. Also small front page illustration of: 'Pilgrims Bathing in the Jordan'.
Inside has 9 small prints regarding: 'The Siamese--The Franks of Asia'. A full page illustration ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, July 28, 1857
* Slaver Panchita case
Page 2 has an article headed: "THE SLAVE-TRADE" "Curious Case Of The Panchita" and more. Text takes up over four columns.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, otherwise nice.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, September 12, 1857 Fine front page illustration plus an article on: "The New York Stock Board In Session" being a fine and early graphic on the Stock Exchange. "Barth's Travels in North and Central Africa" features several illustrations. "Flirtation at Newport" article features several small illustrations. The "Home the Am... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, December 5, 1857
* Fugitive slave case
* Pre-Civil War
The front page has an article headed: "Fugitive Slave Case in Indiana" See image for text.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, December 19,1857 Front half-page illustration of "General Sir Henry Havelock at the Head of His Staff." Inside two illustrations of dogs including "The Great American Dog, 'Prince' and 'Bill' the London Fire-Escape Dog." Two illustrations pertaining to "Travel Notes in Bible Lands" including "The Tomb of Saint ... See More
THE NEW YORK HERALD, March 6, 1858
* African slave trade resumes
* Southern States pass bill (Louisiana)
Page 4 has an article headed: "Revival of the African Slave Trade in the Southern States" (see)
Other news of the day just prior to the Civil War. Complete in 8 pages, minor psine wear, nice condition.
NEW YORK HERALD, March 8, 1858.
* USS Frigate Niagara
* Cable laying across the Atlantic Ocean
Front page has: "Departure Of The Niagara", "The Present Prospects and Condition of The Atlantic Telegraph Enterprise", "Is it Possible to Lay a Submarine Cable Across the Atlantic?", "The Reasons why it is Believed to be Practicable",&
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 13, 1858 The front page article "French Court Fashions" features a "Costumes of the Court of the Emperor of the French" illustration. "Travel Notes in Bible Lands" features a half-page "Landing at Smyrna". "The Approach to Canton" includes a map "Chart of Pearl River, showing the Position, at Last Acc... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1858 Large front page illustration of "Hon. James S. Green, United States Senator From Missouri." Inside are many large illustrations pertaining to "The Final Capture of Lucknow" including "The Martiniere," "The Residency," "Plan of the City of Lucknow," "Lucknow, from the Residency," and &... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 29, 1858 The front page shows: 'Hon. William M Gwin, of California'. 'Travel notes in Bible Lands' features 'Plain and Ruins of Sardis'. 'The Great Bell Crevasse' just above New Orleans shows 3 scenes. Nice full page illustrations of 'Battle of the Waxhaws, May 29, 1780' and 'The Storming of Ft. George, May ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, June 3, 1858
* The African slave trade
* P.T. Barnum's letter to the editor
The front page has an article headed: "The Slave-Trade And The American Flag". See image for text. Page four has an interesting letter to the editor entitled: "The Mammoth Opera Scheme", signed in type by P.T. Barnum.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a ... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 12, 1858 The front page article "A Visit to Captain Howes, of The Schoonoer 'Mobile'" also features a half-page illustration "The British Officer Boarding the 'Mobile' and a smaller illustration 'Side of the 'Mobile,' Showing the Mark of the Rifle-Ball". A text article on "Luncan's Light". "... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 17, 1858 A front page illustration and article 'Rev. Henry Ward Beecher'. An article "The Boat and The Train" features two half page illustrations: 'Going On Board' and 'Waiting for the Train'. 'The Late Eruption of Vesuvius' features a half page illustration of the same plus a smaller illustration "A Crater i... See More
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 3, 1858 The front page is almost entirely taken up with much detail on the burning of the Quarantine Hospital, the city's first line of defense against migrant-borne infectious diseases. First column heads included: "THE STATEN ISLAND ARSON "Full Details of the Burning of the Quarantine Buildings" "Boasts of the Incendiaries" "The U... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 11, 1858
* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow
* American slavery - slaves
Page 5 has: "The Slavery Debate" which begins: "The Slavery debate was continued this evening, Parson Brownlow was obliged to have his argument read...replied to the chief abolition argument 'That man cannot hold his fellow man in bondage'..." with mu... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 21, 1858
* Dred Scott death
* Famed Slave
* Slavers - ships
Page 4 contains a very brief, yet significant, report headed: "Death of Dred Scot" with the actual text not much longer, reading: "Dred Scott died in this city on Friday night last." with a dateline of St. Louis, Sept. 20, 1858. In the same column on this page is "Later From ... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Oct. 5, 1858
* re. African slave trade
* Slavery ship sinking
Page 5 has over half a column of details with heads: "The Montauk Mystery Solved" "A Slave Ship Sunk" "900 Slaves Landed In Cuba" 'The Ship Cleared from New York" "Arrest of the Mate and Five Sailors" (see). Page 3 has: "Fugitive Slave Case in New Londo... See More
THE NORWALK EXPERIMENT, Ohio, Oct. 7, 1858
* Rare title
The ftpg. has over 2 12 columns on the: "Destruction of The Steamer Austria by Fire!" "Terrible Loss of Human Life!" in which 449 lost their lives (see hyperlink for more). Also on the ftpg. is an editorial on: "The Fugitive Slave Law" as well as: "Professor Mitchell on the Comet" which is a nice ... See More
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 20, 1858
* John Heenan "Benicia Boy"
* Pre Civil War boxing w/ police raid
* Jews Hospital - Mount Sinai
The front page has an article headed: "Fight Between the 'Bencia Boy' and 'Dublin Tricks'--The Latter Badly Beaten" See image for text here.
Eight pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More