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Bridgetwon, Barbados rebuilds with New England timber...



Item # 556742

August 6, 1668

THE LONDON GAZETTE, London, England, August 6, 1668

* 17th Century Original
* Seventeenth century Bridgetown, Barbados rebuilds with New England timber


This single sheet issue is over 340 years old. Various news from London and other parts of Europe also with some interesting advertisements as well.

A front page report from "Lyme" says: "Yesterday arrived the Concord...in six weeks from Barbado's [sic]....They tell us that the Inhabitants of Bridgetown are busily employing themselves for materials for rebuilding that place, and have emploied [sic] many ships for the transportation of timber from New England."

A complete newspaper measuring about 7 by 11 1/2 inches and is in good condition except some dirtiness in the masthead & unrelated text, trimmed close at the right causing minor loss of text on the reverse. Made of rag paper which was used back in the day (no wood pulp).

Fine and very early newspaper.

Historical Background: "When in the autumn of 1665 Charles II sought shelter in Oxford from the Great Plague, he and his courtiers wanted newspapers to read, yet feared to touch "The Intelligencer" or "The News," which, coming from London, might be infected. Therefore Leonard Litchfeld, the university printer, was authorized and ordered to bring out a local paper. On Tuesday, November 14, 1665, the first number of "The Oxford Gazette" appeared, and it continued afterwards through eleven weeks on Thursdays and Mondays. It was meagre enough, but, though comprised in only two double-columned pages of folio, each number contained nearly as much matter as one of Roger L'Estrange's papers, and it soon became a formidable rival to those papers, especially as Thomas Newcombe, the old printer of the Commonwealth organs, was allowed to reproduce its sheets in London "for the use of some members and gentlemen who desired them.

The plague was soon over and King Charles went back to Whitehall, but he was pleased with the Oxford effort and it was soon succeeded by "The London Gazette, which made its first appearance, labeled as No. 24, on February 5, 1666, and which has been kept alive, altering its size and character from time to time, down to this day. "

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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