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Capture of Amelia Island, Florida...



Item # 549564

August 9, 1817

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 9, 1817 

* Capture of Amelia Island, Florida 

One of the reports in this issue is headed "Florida" and includes: "...says that M'Gregor has issued a quantity of script, made payable by the delivery of lands in Florida to the holders...Accounts from Amelia Island to the 20th ult. inform us that McGregor then remained there organizing & augmenting his forces & in setting the executive & judicial departments of his conquest...The following is another of his proclamation..." with the texts of the Proclamation (see photos). Following this is: "The evacuation of Fort San Nicholas by the Spanish forces on the fourth of this month has placed the adjacent territory under the control & protection of the independent government..." with more (see).
Among other reports in this issue are: "President's Tour" "The President's reply..." to an address from people at Portland, which is signed in type: James Monroe.
This issue is complete in 16 pages, measures about 6 1/2 by 10 inches. Minor rubbing and some foxing, otherwise in 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 noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

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