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April 28, 1865
NEW YORK TIMES, April 28, 1865 This issue reports one of the more notable events in the Lincoln assassination saga, the finding and killing of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
The first column heads on the front page proclaim: "BOOTH KILLED" "Full Account of the Pursuit and its Result" "He is Traced into St. Mary's County, Maryland" "Harrold ... See More
November 22, 1792
HOUGH'S CONCORD HERALD, New Hampshire, Nov. 22, 1792 Most of page 3 is taken up with Washington's state of the union address for the year 1792 with a prefacing report which includes: "...The members of the house accordingly repaired to the senate chamber where at twelve o'clock the president of the United States arrived...when he delivered the following Speech to both Houses... See More
December 2, 1776
THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, December 2, 1776 The front page has an exceedingly significant--albeit brief & inconspicuous--report of an event known by any student of American history. In a letter dated Sept. 23 from New York is: "...Yesterday we hanged an officer of the Provincials who came as a spy...". Noting that this letter is dated "From New York Is... See More
December 21, 1665
THE OXFORD GAZETTE, England, Dec. 21, 1665 This is an extremely famous--and rare--title, being the predecessor of the famous "London Gazette", the oldest continually published English language newspaper in the world. This is the #11 issue.
Because of the Plague at this time, the Royal Court had removed itself from London to Oxford when this newspaper began, so issues #1 thru #23 w... See More
September 1, 1858
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 1, 1858 We find that reports on the now-famous Lincoln Douglas debates are very difficult to find in newspapers outside of Illinois, perhaps not surprising because it was a senate race in Illinois and Lincoln was, at this time, still a relatively unknown figure in American politics. However this issue is a rare exception, as page 6 contains a report headed: "L... See More
Item #640773GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1754 Among the early reports on the French & Indian War, is a very rare mention of colonel George Washington when he was just 22 years old. The report is a continued one, headed: "Account of Our Affairs in America" and the text includes: "...On the other side the French have this season reaped a crop of corn from the lands on th... See More
Item #640147THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1773 Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the very nice foldout map which accompanies the lengthy article: "Epitome of Lieut. Cooke's Voyage Round the World", showing most of North America, all of South America down to Cape Horn, and even portions of West Africa, Spain, France & England. Notice the shape of Florida &am... See More
October 2, 1776
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Oct. 2, 1776 Most of the front page is taken up with several correspondences among Lord Drummon (with proposals for a peace treaty) and George Washington, and the Continental Congress. It begins with a letter from Drummond dated Aug. 17, 1776 beginning: "Being deeply interested in the welfare of America, I think it my duty to communicate a matte... See More
December 28, 1799
THE SPECTATOR, New York, Dec. 28, 1799 The front page begins with a nice letter from "The Senate...To the President of the United States" noting that they wish: "...to express to you their deep regret for the loss their country sustains in the death of General George Washington..." with much more. This is followed by the: "President's Answer" to the Senate, ... See More
August 1, 1659
"THE PUBLICK INTELLIGENCER, Communicating the Chief Occurrences & Proceedings Within the Dominions of England, Scotland, and Ireland: Together with an Account of Affaires from Severall Parts of Europe.", London, August 1, 1659 Certainly one of the less common newsbooks from the 17th century. Newsbooks were the predecessors of today's newspapers, done in small size with one ... See More
February 17, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 1776 The front page has a curious item: "Capt. Powlet of the 59th regiment, has lost one of his legs by the cannonading of the Provincials as he sat at his breakfast." Beginning on the front page is reporting from the House of Commons, carrying over to pg. 2 where there is discussion of the situation in America, including: "...th... See More
August 6, 1666
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Aug. 6, 1666 World history notes that 1666 was perhaps the most "dismal" year of the 17th century, as the Great Plague ravaged England & other portions of Europe but most notably the crowded city of London where it is estimated up to 100,000 people succumbed to the plague, about 20% of the city's population. But many other cities of Englan... See More
January 7, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 7, 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.
Page 2 mentions from Boston that: "...arrived here under an esco... See More
November 16, 1864
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, Nov. 16, 1864 W. G. Brownlow, or Parson Brownlow, was a fascinating personality to say the least. He regarded anyone who disagreed with him about religion or politics as an enemy. The circuit-riding Methodist parson turned to the press to spread his harsh anti-Presbyterian, anti-Calvinist rhetoric, and to spread his ferv... See More
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