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Captain James Lawrence: 'Don't give up the ship!'...



Item # 576722

July 10, 1813

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 10, 1813  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, 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."
An inside page has a report headed: "Captain James Lawrence" which reports his death and gives a short biography of his life as well. The text includes: "...our griefs were renewed by the capture of the Chesapeake & death of Lawrence; a pride of the navy..." and telling a bit of his life it says: "The body of Lawrence was prostrate; but his spirit remained erect. He saw & felt the fortune of war was against him--yet cried out, 'Don't Give Up The Ship', though the enemy was carrying everything before him..." with more, and near the end his famous quote is mentioned again with: "...Captain Lawrence...May the expiring words of the illustrious Lawrence, 'don't give up the ship', be the eternal motto of every American."  There is more as well carrying over to the next page. In total over a full page of text on Lawrence (see photos).
There is a wealth of other War of 1812 reporting but it pales in comparison to the mentioned items. Complete in 16 pages measures 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches. Very significant to have this famous quote in a period newspaper. Scattered foxing, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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