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Pirates, and Edmund Halley..



Item # 539500

January 9, 1720

THE WEEKLY JOURNAL OR SATURDAY'S POST, London, January 9, 1720

* Early pirates report of plundering...
* Death of Astronomer Edmund Halley...


The masthead is extremely ornate and intricately engraved (see photos) making this a great issue for display. Plus the first letter is very ornate as well.

The bottom of page 3 has a brief report mentioning pirates, reading: "Our merchants have an account that 3 ships are arrived at Carolina from England who, in their passages, were met and plundered of part of their cargoes and provisions by three Pyrates, the crew of one of them being Frenchmen."

The top of the next page has a nice item concerning famed astronomer Edmund Halley, reading: "Last Saturday morning died, at his house in the Park at Greenwich, Mr. Flamsted, the famous mathematician & astronomer; and we hear his Majesty has appointed Dr. Edmund Haley, Dr. of the Civil Law and Savilian professor of Geometry in the University of Oxford, to succeed Mr. Flamsted as the King's mathematician..." with a bit more (see photos).

The same pg. has yet another item regarding pirates reading: "...accounts of the depredations made by the Pirates there. It would be too long to set down the several ships that are plundered by them, with the different things they take; in general they visit all ships that come in their way, they take the money wherever they can find it; and from those ships which they let go again they take provisions, ammunition or clothes according to their then greatest want and to what the others are best able to supply them with."

Complete in 6 pgs., measures 8 1/2 by 13 1/2 in., minor dirtiness to the ftpg., generally very nice.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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