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Great front page political ad...

Item # 601905

March 30, 1814

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, March 30, 1814  The front page has a great political ad featuring an engraving of a ship headed: "The Good STRONG Ship Massachusetts".

The engraving is part of a campaign message to the "Men of Massachusetts" seeking support for Caleb Strong for Governor and William Phillips for Lieutenant Governor. The message begins: "You have the finest ship in the whole eighteen, and the best officers command her. You must keep the officers on board. Don't give up the ship' to raw commanders..." and more.

And, on the side of the ship is a banner is a quote: "We Will Not Give Up The Ship", which is a variation of the famous quote from the War of 1812. There are several other banners inscribed with various campaign issues or with messages of support for Strong.

The engraving is prominently featured in the middle of the page and measures 5 1/2 by 5 7/8 inches. Some believe this engraving to be a rendition of the U.S.S. Constitution. The ad and related content take most of the front page.

Complete in 4 pages, has a bit of lite dampstaining, otherwise in good condition.

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