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December 14, 1844
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 14, 1844 The last page of this issue features a report on the "Annexation of Texas" "On the 10th instant Senator McDuffie, introduced into the United States senate joint resolutions for the annexation of Texas to the Union, corresponding with the project of the treaty for that purpose rejected at the last session by... See More
November 23, 1844
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 23, 1844 The top of the first column of the front page has the results of the Presidential election, headed: "Presidential" with a count by state for Henry Clay and James K. Polk. Much more on the results of the election on inside pages. Page 2 has a letter from President Tyler to H. M. Kamehameha III, king of Hawaii (see photos). Also ... See More
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
February 18, 1843
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 18, 1843 The bkpg. has a brief item: "Mormons" noting: "A late number of the Nauvoo Wasp contains an account of four cargoes, amounting in all to 801 emigrants--'Latter Day Saints' ' having sailed from Liverpool for that region..." with a bit more, and ending with: "...stated that Smith has sent out a num... See More
August 27, 1842
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 27, 1842 An inside page has an article: "Illinois" with subhead: "The Mormons" which notes: "...for the persons of Joe Smith and O. P. Rockwell, states that the proper authorities have as yet been unable to comply with the demand. the proper writs were issued by Gov. Carlin...They found Smith & Rockwell & ser... See More
July 30, 1842
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, July 30, 1842 Inside under reports from "Illinois" is: "The Mormons Again" which includes: "...a continuation of General J. C. Bennett's charges against Joseph Smith for licentiousness and rascality & charging him distinctly with having instigated & caused the attempted assassination of Gov. Boggs..." wit... See More
June 25, 1842
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, June 25, 1842 Page 3 ha a report which is a follow-up to the Dorr Rebellion, noting in part: "...his charge to the grand jury alluded to the recent events in that state & defined particularly what constitutes the crime of treason...all the indications are, that Gov. Dorr, (so called) means to meet what remains of his legislature at Chepachet.... See More
February 20, 1841
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, February 20, 1841 An inside page has business of the Senate which includes: "...Mr. Linn presented the legal testimony taken before the...judge of the fifth judicial circuit of Missouri in the cases of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and...other individuals of the sect called Mormons, or Latter-day Saints, on charges preferred against t... See More
January 11, 1840
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 11, 1840 The back page has a brief yet very significant item reading: "Mormons. The Mormons have purchased a tract of 20,000 acres at the head of the Des Moines rapids of the Mississippi, on both sides of the river, including the town of Commerce. This name is changed to Nauvoo, from the Hebrew. The whole purchase money amounts to $70,0... See More
July 6, 1839
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, July 6, 1839 Pages 2 and 3 have an article with a small head: "Mormon Meeting" with portions including: "...gave a statement of the early settlement of the Mormons in Missouri, & a history of their persecution...They were ruthlessly driven from their homes, their property destroyed...The men were in many instances cruelly murd... See More
January 5, 1839
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 5, 1839 Page 2 has a report from the Missouri legislature which includes "...governor has made a statement of the expenses of the Mormon war...and suggests that the United States are liable for it. The governor's position is that the Mormon movement was an insurrection & that the national government is bound to suppress insurrecti... See More
July 21, 1838
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, July 21, 1838 Inside has over half a page concerning the Trail of Tears, headed: "The Cherokees" which begins: "The removal of Indians, for emigration from the middle district, late Cherokee country, being nearly or quite completed..." with more. Included also are 3 related documents. The "Trail of Tears" was the re... See More
January 2, 1836
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 2, 1836 The front page includes a report prefaced in part by: "...A provisional government has been completely organized & a bill of rights adopted which will be found below..." and what follows is the: "Declaration of the People of Texas in General Convention Assembled" followed by the 8 posts of the Bill of Rights, includi... See More
October 31, 1835
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 31, 1835 Inside has over a full page headed: "Texas" telling of some early battles there with much interesting reading, including a cautionary note: "I do not think it would be prudent for you I& our family to come to Texas until the affairs of the country assume a more peaceful aspect..." and also: "...We look upon ind... See More
August 2, 1834
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 2, 1834 Page 2 has a simply one sentence report, interesting nonetheless: "A public dinner was given to col. David Crockett, at Louisville, Kentucky, on his way home."
Page 3 has a curious item about death caused by drinking cold water (a common thought in the 19th century--see), followed by a report noting: "The cholera...exists ... See More
July 26, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 26, 1834 The front page has an item concerning the memory of LaFayette, who recently died, plus there are two letters on an inside page each signed by: George LaFayette, concerning the death of the general.
One Mormon report includes: "The report of a battle with the Mormons in Jackson county Missouri, was not true...well ar... See More
September 14, 1833
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 14, 1833 This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period... See More
December 8, 1827
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 8, 1827 Page 233 has an updated list of the members of the House and Senate, which includes the appearance of David Crockett, with acknowledgment of him being a new member. This is the earliest mention of him in a nationally distributed newspaper we have seen to-date.
Continuing at the bottom of this page and taking several pages is also the full ... See More
November 19, 1825
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, November 19, 1825 Inside has over half a page taken up with an article from England headed: "Rail Ways" "Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Rail-way" which was the very first railroad line in the world. The report begins: "The formal opening of that stupendous work, which effects a communication between the port of Stoc... See More
August 18, 1821
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 18, 1821 Inside has an article headed: "Major Andre" concerning the removal of his bones to be shipped off to England (see). Also in this issue: "Indian Trade", and an historic report headed: "Admission of Missouri" concerning it formally joining the Union which happened on August 10, 1821. Included is the: "Procl... See More
March 17, 1821
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 17, 1821 Inside has close to six pages headed: "Treaty With Spain - By the President of the United States - A PROCLAMATION". This is more commonly known as the Adams-Onis Treaty, or the Florida Treaty, wherein Spain gave Florida to the United States and set a boundary between the United States and Mexico (see hyperlink for details).
Thi... See More
September 11, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 11, 1819 Page 31 has excerpts from the recently published "Declaration of the Independence of Texas," which is in regards to the Adams–Onís Treaty, signed in block type, JAMES LONG, President of the Supreme Council. Other news of the day is found throughout (see images for details).
Complete in 16 pages & meas... See More
August 8, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 8, 1818 Page 6 has: "General Jackson's Campaign" which lists the number of: "...The Indians inhabiting the country lying between Georgia & the Mississippi river..." totaling 11,000 warriors. It notes: "This force, if embodied and hostile, would e serious enemy to the United States...".
The bkpg. has: "A P... See More
June 6, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 6, 1818 Perhaps the best item in this issue is the report headed: "Indian War" which includes: "....A party of the Tennessee volunteers amounting to near 50 arrived in this town [New Orleans]...from St. Marks. Gen. Jackson had discharged all his militia & himself with 1200 regular troops...If his purpose be to reach the Alabama, ... See More
June 24, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 24, 1815 Inside has nearly 8 pages taken up with: "War Events: Or Things Incidental to the Late War" which begins with some talk on the: "Dartmoor Prison" massacre, which begins: "The newspapers teem with details of the shocking massacre of our people in this depot, by the infamous Shortland...".
Other subheads under ... See More
December 15, 1832
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, December 15, 1832 The key and historically significant content within this issue is the entire text of President Andrew Jackson's Nullification Proclamation, starting on page 12, and ending with his signature, Andrew Jackson on the back page.
The Nullification Proclamation disputed a state's right to nullify a federal law, an issue in South Car... See More
February 23, 1822
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 23, 1822 Inside has a report headed: "Mexico" which begins: "The direct news from Mexico...is that the whole kingdom has declared independence & sworn to maintain it...A provisional government is in operation & in the latter part of the month of December delegates to a general convention were appointed in all provin... See More
June 28, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 28, 1834
* In memory of LaFayette : on LaFayette's death
The very top of the front page has an. item which includes: "...senate appointed a committee of 13 & the house of representatives a committee of 24 to consider & report what token of affection ought to be paid to the memory of Lafayette..." with just a bit more... See More
November 19, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 19, 1814 An inside page contain an article datelined from New Orleans headed: "Pirates of Barataria" which has rare, period mention of Jean LaFitte, the Caribbean pirate, portions of which include: "...great satisfaction in reporting to you that the contemplated expedition against the pirates, so long & strongly established among... See More
June 22, 1816
THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 22, 1816 Perhaps the best content in this issue is the very unusual front page item headed: "Napoleon--'his mark' " which includes a facsimile of his signature, with a bit of text (vertical) which begins: "The annexed is a very exact copy of the signature of the most extraordinary man now living..." with a bit more (see ph... See More
October 26, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 26, 1816 Nearly 2 pages are taken up with: "A visit To Flanders - Or, the Field of Waterloo", with reflection upon the historic battle of Waterloo from the year prior where Napoleon was defeated. It begins: "There is a sort of madness in the British about the battle of Waterloo, as they call it, where they got the glory that the Prus... See More
May 16, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 16, 1818 The back page has two interesting reports, one from: "Missouri" noting: "This territory is settling as fast as any other was settled. Arkansas county contains 10,000 males & Boone's settlement 8000...Old col. Boone, the first settler of the powerful state of Kentucky, yet living, we believe, was lately seated himself ... See More
July 25, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 25, 1818 The prime content is a detailed report of the capture of Pensacola, Florida during the Seminole Indian war. American forces were led by Andrew Jackson who felt Pensacola was being used by the Seminoles for strikes against America.
Also a very lengthy & detailed report on the death and funeral of General Richard Montgomery.
Sixteen pa... See More
February 6, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 6, 1819 Certainly the most significant content in this issue is a complete printing of the Convention of 1818, headed on page 2 as: "BRITISH TREATY. By the President of the United States of America, A PROCLAMATION". This treaty with England was respecting fisheries, boundary, and the restoration of slaves between the United States of Amer... See More
December 18, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 18, 1819 Somewhat inconspicuously noted within a report from Congress, with a dateline of December 14, is: "It being announced that the president had signed the resolution for the admission of Alabama into the union, Mr. Walker took his seat as a senator from that state." Thus, with relatively little congressional ceremony, Alabama b... See More
September 30, 1820
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 30, 1820 The back page contains a very brief yet interesting item reading: "Lafitte's armed brig is in the river--the crew having mutinied and put her officers on shore, brought her in, and delivered her up to the officers of the customers at the Balize." which was provided by the the New Orleans Advertiser newspaper. (see).
Among o... See More
September 7, 1822
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 7, 1822 Pages 9-11 have much regarding Denmark Vesey and the "Servile Conspiracy in South Carolina," which has a report of the Denmark Vesey slave revolt.
Note: Denmark Vesey was a former slave who purchased his freedom and then planned what would have been one of the largest slave rebellions in the United States. Word of the... See More
Andrew Jackson introduces what would become the Indian Removal Act & the resulting 'Trail of Tears'...
December 12, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 12, 1829 Certainly the prime feature is the full printing of the State of the Union Address given by President & signed by him in type at its conclusion: Andrew Jackson.
. In it he announces his controversial plan concerning the Native Americans which would be spelled out in the Indian Removal Act of 1830: "...I suggest...the propri... See More
March 5, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 5, 1831 Fourteen of the 24 pages of this issue are taken up with: "Correspondence Between Gen. Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun" most of it relating to the Seminole Indian War. Included are 7 letters signed: Andrew Jackson, 9 letters signed: J.C. Calhoun, and 2 letters signed: James Monroe plus one by John Quincy Adams.
Complete in 24... See More
August 10, 1833
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 10, 1833 Among the articles within: "The Indian Character" "Emigration To Canada"; a full page on: "Product & Consumption o Coffee" "and a detailed account from the: "Mint of the United States" with charts of the number of each quotes produced, etc (see); "Harbors on Lake Erie" and &q... See More
December 31, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1831 It's always fascinating to find mention of notable people years before they would become a household name. Inside has one such report: an inconspicuous--yet noteworthy--mention of Davy Crockett, less than five years before he would die at the Alamo. As a member of Congress, this report notes: "...The speaker laid before the ... See More
June 2, 1838
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, June 2, 1838 Page 2 has a nice article concerning the infamous Trail of Tears headed: "Removal of The Cherokees" which is a letter signed by Winfield Scott to the Cherokee Indians which begins: "The president of the United States has sent me, with a powerful army to cause you, in obedience to the treaty of 1835, to join that part ... See More
September 22, 1838
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, Sept. 22, 1838 Inside has: "Cherokee Emigration" which includes: "...a second detachment of Cherokees set out for the west on last Sunday. The emigration will now go on rapidly. In a few weeks the whole Cherokee nation east will be on their way to the west..." with more. This was part of the "Trail of Tears" movemen... See More
November 21, 1840
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, November 21, 1840
* The new coin (Gobrecht Dollar?)
* Mormon conference
* Much on the abolition of slavery
This issue contains coverage on the recent Presidential Election between Harrison and Van Buren, still awaiting all the votes to be received. Inside is a portion of the lengthy "Speech of W. C. Johnson, of MD. on the Subject of t... See More
June 29, 1844
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, June 29, 1844 Included is a report stating that: "A party opposed to the longer control of Joe Smith (Joseph Smith), the Prophet...determined to establish a public press at Nauvoo, and the Nauvoo Expositor was issued accordingly." There is a second report which criticizes the establishment of the paper, stating that the city council declared... See More
July 9, 1814
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 9, 1814 The front page begins with an interesting editorial headed: "Hints to Patriots" and beginning: "Our enemy, disengaged from all other wars, prepared for instant action, with a power of arms, money & intrigue unparalleled experienced by 20 years battles in all the business of fight...seems about to gratify his long-continue... See More
June 17, 1820
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 17, 1820 An inside page has a nearly two page article titled: "The Slave Trade" which has some fascinating details of the discovery of slave ships, some of the text including: "...I do further declare that the state in which these unfortunate creatures were found is shocking to every principle of humanity, seventeen men sha... See More
July 11, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 11, 1818 The ftpg. begins with: "Declaration of Independence" reporting on celebrations of the 4th of July & beginning: "Forty-two years have past since this great paper was signed..." and noting the 5 signers still living.
Inside has: "Indian War" concerning the capture of Pensacola during the Seminole War ... See More
February 1, 1812
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 1, 1812 Page 7 has under the heading: "South America" which mentions the manifesto of Carthagena, stating in part that in the previous November, they had declared themselves to be: "A FREE, SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT STATE..." and continues: "The first fruit of freedom of Carthagena, was the abolition of the INQUISITION... See More
December 18, 1841
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, December 18, 1841 The back page of this issue features a quite lengthy report concerning the the "Mutiny Of Slaves" on the ship Creole, a rather infamous event in American history. In this report, it also states that the infamous Bowie knife was one of the instruments used in the killing of Mr. John Hewell, an owner of a portion of the slave... See More
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