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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
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
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
July 25, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 25, 1829 Near half of the ftpg. is taken up with: "Abolition of Slavery" which concerns Virginia, noting: "...revise the constitution of the commonwealth, praying for the adoption of some provisions in the new constitution by which the slave population in the state may be checked, or reduced, and, if possible, ultimately done away..."... 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
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
January 4, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 4, 1817 Perhaps the most notable content in this issue is found in the 8 page "Supplement" which has a full page taken up with: "The Sage of Monticello". The lengthy article is the result of a visit by a writer to the home of Thomas Jefferson with comments on Jefferson's daily routine, his manner, and considerable disc... 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
May 23, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, May 23, 1818 An extremely significant back page report is headed: "Labor Saving Machinery" includes: "There is now annually raised...with Mr. Whitney's machine, about one hundred millions of pounds of short staple cotton. To pick that quality by hand...before his invention would require the constant labor of 330,000 wor... See More
April 19, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 19, 1817 The most interesting article is: "African Colonization" which is introduced by: "The following is an extract of a letter written by Thomas Jefferson..." datelined at Monticello, Jan. 21, 1811, and signed by him in type: Thomas Jefferson.
Other items are: "Life of Fulton", being Robert Fulton; nearly half a p... See More
July 11, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 11, 1829 It's always fascinating to find mention of notable people long before they would become a household name.
Near the back is is a great example. Under a list headed: "Military Academy" area the: "...names of the five most distinguished cadets in each class..." and listed in the "First Class" is a young Robe... See More
July 5, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 5, 1834 Within this issue is a report headed: "In Memory of LaFayette" being a "General Order" concerning the death of LaFayette, signed in type by: Andrew Jackson (see).
Also in this issue is lengthy report from Congress taking several pages, as well as: "Mr. Taney & The President" "Chesapeake &... See More
February 22, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 22, 1834 Inside contains: "Anonymous Letters!" which contains several concerning the assassination plot against President Jackson, one beginning: "This is to inform you that I, one of a number of young men of this city who have conspired your death, unknown to my colleagues, write this to warm you of this plot..." and another in... See More
June 9, 1832
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 9, 1832 Inside has over half a page headed: "Indian War" which includes a Proclamation from the Rock River, signed by: John Reynolds, noting: "It becomes my duty again to call on you for your services in the defense of your country. The state is not only invaded by the hostile Indians but many of our citizens have been slain in battl... 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
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 7, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, March 7, 1829 An inside page has a nice article headed: "The Inauguration" which begins with some details of the proceedings including: "...in the presence of an immense concourse of spectators, filling the portico, the steps...the president of the United States delivered his inaugural address as given below, and having conclude... See More
July 12, 1828
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 12, 1828 Starting on page 316 and continuing through page 325 are considerable details regarding the July 4 dedication ceremonies of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (the oldest railroad in the United States), which included the last living signor of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll (Senator of Maryland) performing the groundbreaki... See More
July 18, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 18, 1818 Of importance is the multi-page printing of former President James Madison's Address to the Agricultural Society of Albermarle.
The Wiley Online Library, in regards to this lengthy address, states the following: "James Madison's 1818 Address to the Albemarle Agricultural Society offers new insight into the diverse historiog... See More
January 14, 1826
THE NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, January 14, 1826
* Maryland Jew Bill becomes law
Under the heading "Maryland" is a very nice editorialized report acknowledging the very recent approval of the "Jew Bill" which allowed--for the first time--Jews to hold public office in the state of Maryland. The report reads in part: "The affairs of our stat... See More
October 1, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, October 1, 1831 Within this issue is an interesting article headed: "Negro College" coming from New Haven,and the text beginning: "Our readers, no doubt, will be surprised at the caption of this paragraph & will wonder what we mean by 'Negro college'. We will inform them that we mean, without any jesting, to say that ther... See More
October 19, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 19, 1816 The issue begins with over 2 pages being a dateline of the major battle of the Napoleonic War in Europe & the efforts of Napoleon, near the end of which is an entry: "1815 - Waterloo or Mount St. Jean--Bonaparte, after a most destructive battle,...against the allies under Wellington & Blucher, is defeated and totally rou... See More
February 20, 1830
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 20, 1830 Page 5 has a number of brief yet interesting items, including: "Key West - Com. Porter has written a letter saying that 'the harbor of Key West, is...the best harbor in the United States..." with more. Also: "Mobile has become a place of much business...has a fine inland trade by steam boats...". "Pirates"... See More
July 13, 1816
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 13, 1816 Perhaps the best content in this issue is a nice full page article headed: "Peace and War" which concerns: "A society has been established in Massachusetts by some christian philanthropists to discourage war..." with most of the page taken up with the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, signed in type by him: T... See More
October 9, 1841
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, October 9, 1841 See the photo below for the brief, back page report concerning the "Africans of the Amistad" slave ship. A few years ago Stephen Spielberg did a movie on the Amistad.
Other reports include: "Cuba & the Slave Trade", reports from Canada, "Letters of Ex-President General Andrew Jackson" includes one sig... See More
May 3, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 3, 1834 An inside page has a fascinating item extolling the oratory abilities of Colonel Davy Crockett in Congress, reading in part: "...And so the debate run on, as water runs down a hill, or the fountain flows in front of the capitol--but there was not much in it--till col. Crockett arose. Now every pen was dropped--every head was aroused--ev... See More
July 19, 1828
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 19, 1828 The front page has, "CHARLES CARROLL," which gives details of the last surviving signor of the Declaration of Independence presenting a copy of The Declaration to the mayor of New York City, along with a copy of a letter written in his own hand which states in part: "Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through ... See More
April 17, 1819
NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 17, 1819 Among the articles are: "Privateering--and Piracy" "Banking Scraps" "Western Banks" "Jackson--Clinton and Scott" includes a letter signed by: Winfield Scott.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 10 inches, in very good condition.
This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of t... See More
December 19, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 19, 1818 Inside has a brief yet notable item with a small head: "Maryland Legislature" which includes in part: "...A committee was appointed to bring in a bill to extend the same civil privileges to persons professing the Jewish religion as are enjoyed by those of any other religious sect..." (see). This would ultimately come to... See More
June 28, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 28, 1817 Inside has more than a full page headed: "Declaration of Independence" dated at Philadelphia, June 16, 1817. This is a lengthy letter from Thomas McKean, a member of the Continental Congress & signer of the Declaration of Independence, in which he clarifies the errors noted concerning the men who had actually declare... See More
June 10, 1815
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, June 10, 1815 The issue begins mid-sentence with: "Gen. Jackson's "Trial" taking over 4 pages. There are 3 pages of "Health Statistics" with state-by-state charts breaking down the population by sex, and age. There are nearly 2 pages of "War Events: Or Things Incidental to the Late War" which includes a su... See More
July 4, 1818
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 4, 1818 A great issue on the beginnings of some notable cities in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois with an article headed: "The Public Lands" beginning: "...I proceed in this letter to give a brief account of the several land offices now in operation for the sale of the public lands in the states of Ohio and Indiana, and the adjoining territorie... See More
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
May 22, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 22, 1819 Inside has over 2 1/2 pages taken up with: "Mitigation of Slavery--No. 3" which begins with a proposition: "That it is true wisdom to exalt the minds of the slaves--to invest them with correct ideals of the moral duties, & encourage them in the acquirement of a qualified property."
Also in this issue: "Ce... See More
June 26, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 26, 1819 Over a full page is taken up with installment number 5 of the: "Mitigation of Slavery" which is continued discussion of a proposition which includes: "It is true wisdom to exalt the minds of our slaves--to invest them with correct ideas of the moral duties and encourage them in the acquirement of a qualified property." ... See More
August 30, 1834
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 30, 1834 Among the articles within are: "Presidential Election of 1832" "Freemasons", and "Mint of the United States" describes the new gold coins with text including: "...the omission of the words 'e pluribus unum' on the reverse; the other is, the substitution of a new head of liberty without the dress c... See More
December 10, 1831
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 10, 1831 Of special note is the complete & lengthy text of President Andrew Jackson's state-of-the-union address which occupies the last four pages, signed by him in type: Andrew Jackson. In it he reviews all that transpired in 1831.
Also of interest is a complete listing of the "House of Representatives" in 1831, stat... See More
June 19, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 19, 1819 Page 2 begins a 3 1/2 page article titled: "Mitigation of Slavery--No. 4" which notes near the beginning: "Having...satisfactorily accounted for the general inferiority of the black compared with white people, & shewn it to be morally impossible that they should possess any considerable degree of dignity of charact... See More
October 19, 1811
(2 issue set) NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 19 & 26, 1811 This two issue set, under the heading "A Manifesto," has nearly 10 pages dedicated to the Manifesto of Caracas, and related details. The coverage begins: "By the confederation of Venezuela, in South America, of the reason which influenced them in the formation of an ABSOLUTE INDEPENDENCE of Spain, and ... See More
March 11, 1837
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 11, 1837 Page 2 begins with: "The Inauguration" which has details of the inaugural ceremonies for Martin Van Buren. This is followed by the: "Address" being his inaugural address, taking over a full page. This is followed by parting respects to Andrew Jackson, including: "Farewell Address of Andrew Jackson to the People of... See More
May 16, 1829
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 16, 1829 Page 3 has an article with a small head: "Gen. Houston" which has some speculation on why this former governor of Tennessee is leaving, ending with: "...They relate to domestic misfortunes. He has not only resigned the governor's chair of Tennessee--but abandoned the state, and for ever!" (see). Of course in a f... See More
September 7, 1833
NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 7, 1833 An inside page has an article with small heading: "Col. Crockett" which begins: "A great deal has been said in the newspapers concerning col. Crockett, who has been again elected a member of congress from Tennessee. It was the misfortune of the colonel to have received no school education in his youth, and since to have ha... 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
July 7, 1821
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, July 7, 1821 An inside page has a nice article on the formal admission of Missouri to the union, prefaced with a document to the governor of Missouri signed by: John Quincy Adams, then Secretary of State, which notes: "...the honor of transmitting to your excellency an authenticated copy of the resolution of congress for admitting the sta... 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
May 31, 1817
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 31, 1817 The front page has: "A Naval Establishment" which also takes most of page 2. Also inside are: "The Southern Indians" and much more.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, nice condition.
This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As... See More
January 16, 1819
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 16, 1819 Under: "Rights of Conscience" is a report which ultimately led to the historic Maryland Jew Bill. Bits include: "...from...delegates of the state of Maryland appointed to consider the justice & expediency of extending to persons professing the Jewish religion, the same privileges that are enjoyed by Christians. This repo... See More
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