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July 1, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston A lot of twelve issues dating from 1795-1797, each has some minor damage causing them to be in "2nd rate" condition. Several have some burn loss to the right margin. There are no portions removed.
March 19, 1772
THE MASSACHUSETTS GAZETTE & THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, March 19, 1772 The front page has tw lengthy letters which question the independence of Massachusetts from England. One item notes: "...guarded against tend in my opinion to the destruction of the town, and must greatly affect the glorious cause of Liberty, which you as well as myself have been struggling hard to maintain...... See More
December 14, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 14, 1796 Most of page 2 is taken up with the historic last state-of-the-union address of President George Washington, headed: "SPEECH of The President of the United States" and ending with his signature in script type: Geo. Washington.
In this address to Congress Washington reflects both upon the accomplishments of the year and of his pending retir... See More
September 2, 1779
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET OR GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 2, 1779 As you can see, this newspaper has one of the more beautiful mastheads of the Revolutionary War era.
Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with several Resolves from the Rhode Island Convention, some relating to the war effort.
Most of page 2 is taken up with a terrific account of the battle of Paulus Hook, New J... See More
March 3, 1796
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, March 3, 1796 Page 3 has the document on the controversial Jay Treaty headed: "Ratification of the United States" reading in part: "Now, therefore, I George Washington....declare...a treaty...between the United States...and his Britannic Majesty...by the consent of the President...with the advice and consent of the Senate...do hereby declare tha... See More
December 22, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 22, 1798 Page 2 contains an address to the President from the Senate for actions concerning the troubling relationship with France, with the President's "Reply" signed in type: John Adams. Also a letter to the Prescient concerning the General Bankruptcy Bill, with his reply signed: John Adams.
Page 3 has a brief item: "Lieutenant General W... See More
January 25, 1798
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, Jan. 25, 1798 The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction.
Most of page 2 and part of page 3 are taken up with the latest reports from Congress.
The back page has an ad for a recently published book: "Observations on Certain Documents...The Hist... See More
February 22, 1797
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, Feb. 22, 1797 Page 3 has a poem: "Upon The President's Retirement".
Page 3 has an address of the militia of Penna. "To George Washington, President of the United States of America" on his pending retirement, one bit noting: "...mingling an expression of extreme regret at the approaching close of y... See More
December 21, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 21, 1796 The front page has four Acts of the Massachusetts legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams. Page 2 has a lengthy address to the President being the Senate's response to the state-of-the-union address, signed: John Adams. This is then followed by: "The Following is the Reply of the President" which is signed: George... See More
July 6, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 6, 1796 Taking half the front page & concluding on pg. 2 is the: "Act Laying Duties on Carriages for the Conveyance of Persons..." which is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.
The front page begins with a detailed ad for: "Josiah Flagg, Surgeon Dentist". Flagg was the first native-born dentist in the United States.... See More
March 16, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 16 & 19, 1796 A very significant pair of issues as they contain, in its entirety, the full text of the Jay Treaty, one of the more significant 18th century documents in American history.
Taking much of the front page and part of page 2 in the issue of the 16th is part of Jay's Treaty through Article 12. Prefacing the Treaty is a "Proclamation&q... See More
January 16, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 16, 1796 Page 2 has a letter from the President to Congress signed in script type: Go. Washington. Also on pg. 2 is a letter from the French to Washington, with his reply also signed in script type: Go. Washington.
This title was one of very few which used script type for the President, which is more decorative. Also a front page letter signed in type: John ... See More
July 4, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 4, 1795 Page 2 contains a nice editorial headed: "The Treaty" referring to the controversial Jay Treaty, which had recently been approved by the Senate. It begins: "The ratification of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation between the United States and his Britannic Majesty...must be a source of pleasing sensations...to all sincere love... See More
September 24, 1784
THE ESSEX JOURNAL & THE MASSACHUSETTS & NEW-HAMPSHIRE GENERAL ADVERTISER, Sept. 24, 1784 This has to be one of the deepest mastheads of the era, with frilly script type in the top portion of it. A very graphic issue for display.
The content is quite typical from this era just after the Revolutionary War. There are many mends inside both old & recent (archival), never bound nor t... See More
March 16, 1786
THE NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, March 16, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) All of page 1 & most of pg. 2 are taken up with essay #5 on: "Observations on the Present Situation & Future Prospects of This and the United States".
Inside has an interesting article concerning Virginia giving up some of its land to the district of Kentucky. Another article begi... See More
May 20, 1797
PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, May 20, 1797 This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.
Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The first issue app... See More
May 22, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 22, 1789 Being from the nation's capital at the time, and from the very beginning of the new federal government (Washington was inaugurated April 30) it is not surprising this newspaper would have an ad on page 3 headed: "The President's Household" reading: "Whereas all servants and others, employed to procure provisions or supplies ... See More
November 12, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston. Nov. 12. 1795 Page 2 has: "Indian Intelligence - Of the Creeks" which is most of a column with details on relations with them & other tribes. The report is datelined from Savannah.
Page 3 has a letter signed in type by the President: Geo. Washington, concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, one bit noting; "...It is now well known that my assent to... See More
April 26, 1794
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, April 26, 1794 Various news reports from when Philadelphia was the temporary seat of the federal government while the District of Columbia was under construction.
The ftpg. begins with a detailed article headed: "PIRACY!". Page 3 has reports from: "Congress".
In addition to news reports of the date are ads for: "An Essay ... See More
October 21, 1797
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 21, 1797 Page 2 has a very historic "Proclamation" signed in script type by the President in which he proclaims that now that the United States Mint is fully operating all foreign coins (Spanish milled dollars excepted): "...will cease to pass current as money within the United States...". The United States now has its own functioning coin... See More
April 14, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 14, 1798 Page 2 has a letter to Congress, signed in type by the President: John Adams, concerning our relations with France.
Four pages, nice condition.
February 20, 1799
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 20, 1799 Pg. 2 has lengthy resolution passed by the House of Representatives that reads in part: "...The sedition and alien acts this House conceive, contain nothing terrifying, but to the flagitious and designing....That it is the opinion of this House, that ought not to concur in the design of the resolutions of Kentucky."
Page 2 also has a repor... See More
January 10, 1795
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1795 The ftpg. is filled with ads including one for: "A Negro Man" in jail presumed to be a runaway; and one for a lottery: "For the Improvement of the Federal City".
Four pages, wide never-trimmed margins, great condition.
This was the home of the nation's capital at the time while awaiting the completion of th... See More
Item #664965THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, March, 1791 The issue begins with textual: "Sketches of the President Of the United States" which is nearly a 4 1/2 page biography of George Washington (the plate called for is lacking). Also inside is the conclusion of: "Description of Cape Cod & the County of Barnstable" which takes 2 1/2 pages; "The Remarkable Duel" "Fem... See More
November 27, 1792
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 27, 1792 The front page features 24 illustrated ship advertisements (see). Inside has 4 columns taken up with a lengthy chart of the: "Estimate of the Expenditures for the Civil List of the United States..." for the year 1793 which notes the salaries for a vast number of employees beginning with the President, Vice Presiden... See More
January 21, 1792
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 21, 1792 Beginning on the ftpg. and concluding on page 2 is a very lengthy "Report" from the Secretary of State, signed in type: Th. Jefferson. It is very difficult to find 18th century newspapers with Jefferson's signature in type.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some foxing and a few archival mends at the margins.
September 7, 1793
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 7, 1793 Page 2 has a "Circular" concerning "...the unjustifiable vexation and spoliation committed on our merchant vessels by the privateers of the powers at war..." and stating that due attention will be given to the matter, signed in type: TH: Jefferson. Uncommon to have a document from Jefferson when he was Sec. of State.
Other items ... See More
January 23, 1798
MASSACHUSETTS MERCURY, Boston, Jan. 23, 1798 Page 2 has a report from Congress which includes a bit concerning funds need to complete construction of the frigates Constitution, Constellation, and the United States. The chart also includes money: "For military Stores for all the frigates" and "For arms & accoutrements for the marines".
Four pages, never-trimmed margin... See More
April 8, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 8, 1795 Half of the ftpg. is taken up with: "An Act to Alter & Amend the Act titled 'An Act Laying Certain Duties Upon Snuff and Refined Sugar' " which carries over to pg. 2 where it is signed in script type: Go. Washington.
Page 3 has a report of the Mass. "State Election" showing Samuel Adams as the victor for the governors... See More
October 24, 1798
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 24, 1798 The ftpg. has an address: "To John Adams, President of the United States" from a military unit at Lexington, followed by his response signed in type: John Adams. A pg. 2 bit concerning America making preparations for action against France, with Thomas Jefferson intervening.
Four pages, good condition.
July 6, 1795
INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 6, 1795 Over half of the front page is taken up with four Acts of the Massachusetts legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.
Four pages, very handsome masthead, archivally rejoined at the spine, various foxing throughout
February 18, 1795
THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Feb. 18, 1795 The entire ftpg. is taken up with a report from the federal Congress concerning financial matters, etc. The bkpg. has two Acts of Congress.
Four pages, some foxing, good condition.
September 6, 1790
CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Sept. 6, 1790 On page 3 under "New-York" is a report headed "Departure of the President" that begins: "Yesterday morning the President of the United States, with his family set off from this city for his seat at Mt. Vernon, in Virginia, where...he will reside, till his presence is necessary at Philadelphia.&qu... See More
Item #664662AMERICAN UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, April 3, 1797 A rather scarce bi-weekly magazine which was primarily eclectic in its content, lasting from Jan. 2, 1797 to March 7, 1798.
The issue begins with: "Brief Description of the City of Algiers". Also within: "Anecdotes of Persons Connected with the French Revolution" "Cannibality" "Love & Revenge&quo... See More
October 9, 1783
THE SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, October 9, 1783 This issue has a variety of news items concerning the end of the Revolutionary War. The front page of this issue features a report noting: "Dr. Franklin writes to a friend, that he has reason to suspect the Americans have no friends in Europe; for the same caution that now aims at restraining their trade, will eventually control their po... See More
January 28, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1778 This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.
Only to be found in a Loyalist newspaper, the entire front page is t... See More
January 20, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Jan. 20, 1776 Nearly two-thirds of the front page are taken up with a terrific consideration of the troubles between England & the colonies titled: "Extracts from the Sentiments of a Foreigner on the Disputes of Great Britain & America".... See More
A few bits include: "...Can they so far betray those rights which are so dear to them as
A few bits include: "...Can they so far betray those rights which are so dear to them as
May 29, 1797
PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, May 29, 1797
* Rare 18th century American title
This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.
Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-... See More
August 29, 1798
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Aug. 29, 1798
* 18th century America
Page 2 has a: "Reply" which is signed in type: John Jay. The back page has an Act of the Mass. legislature.
Four pages, various foxing throughout, otherwise good.... See More
February 1, 1783
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, Feb. 1, 1783
* Nice masthead
* Rare publication
The front page is entirely taken up with ads including an: "Eight Dollars Reward" ad for "...a likely [Black] Wench..." with details, and a "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway "...[Black]Man named Adam...".
Page 2 has a small bit noting: "From the k... See More
October 3, 1782
THE SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, October 3, 1782
* Great Britain Prime Minister
* Lord Frederick North resigns
* Revolutionary War era
The entire front page & some of page 2 are taken up with "Interesting Conversation on the late Change of Ministers" from the Houses of Lords. This was when Lord North, bowing to the growing pro-peace sentiment in Parliament, was replace... See More
February 28, 1795
THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Feb. 28, 1795
* Native Americans - Indians
Page 2 has an items concerning John Adams as ambassador to The Netherlands. Page 3 has two nice articles concerning relations with Indians, one beginning: "The Western Posts, which have so long been a bone of contention between the U.S. and Great Britain and which are to be delivered up to ... See More
April 22, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 22, 1795
* President George Washington
* U.S. Military act signed in script
Taking over half of the front page is: "An Act for Continuing & Regulating the Military Establishment of the United States..." which is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.
Four pages, scattered foxing, nice condition.... See More
November 9, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 9, 1776
* Great Fire of New York (1776)
* American Revolutionary War
This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.
The front page has a report noting in part: "During the time that General Howe lay at Turtle bay he ... See More
May 13, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 13, 1795
* Montauk Point Light
* Long Island lighthouse
* Construction to begin soon
The front page has a series of letters under: "American Vindicated" which include 3 letters signed by the Vice President: John Adams, and also a letter from the Mass. governor: Samuel Adams.
Most of a column of the back page is taken up with a document from... See More
August 31, 1786
THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, Aug. 31, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)
* Early United States Congress
* Gold and Silver for coins
* General George Washington
One page has "American Intelligence" which praises the attributes of Alexandria, and another page notes: "...Our Academy flourishes: about 100 scholars, twenty of which are educated on ... See More
November 19, 1794
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 19, 1794
* Whiskey Rebellion - insurrection
* Western Pennsylvania
This issue has content relating to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. This was a tax protest by farmers who sold their grain in the form of whiskey. The Whiskey Rebellion demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resist... See More
November 2, 1795
FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Nov. 2, 1795
* Uncommon title
Much of page 2 has European reports, and then page 3 has news items from Norfolk, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Easton, Greenfield, Presque Isle, Salem & elsewhere.
Four pages, very nice condition.... See More
Masthead engraved by Paul Revere... John Hancock for governor... Capital of the United States at Trenton...
April 14, 1784
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY: OR, WORCESTER GAZETTE, April 14, 1784
* Famous Paul revere masthead engraving
* Rare & very desired publication
The decorative masthead of this newspaper was engraved by none other than Paul Revere. Beyond his famous ride to warn that the "British are coming!", he was an accomplished engraver and silversmith. This is one of just a few news... See More
March 21, 1795
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 21, 1795
* President George Washington
* Acts of Congress
The front page begins with two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.
The balance of the ftpg. is taken up with an Act of the Mass. legislature.
Four pages, an archival mend across the back page, a small piece from the back leaf margin, otherwise nice.... See More
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