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The Maryland "Jew Bill" finally passes... Inaugural address of John Quincy Adams...



Item # 624741

March 5, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 5, 1825 

* The passage of the Maryland "Jew Bill"
* John Quincy Adam's inaugural address


Without question the most notable content within this issue is the page 3 report headed: "Maryland", which states in part: "The legislature of this state adjourned on Saturday last. The 'Jew bill', as it is called--or a bill to alter the constitution so as to relieve persons from political disqualifications on account of their religious opinions, has again passed both branches of the legislature--in the house of delegates by a vote of 26 to 25; only 51 out of 80 members being present. Before it is effective it must be passed by the next succeeding legislature..." (see images). That which had been guaranteed for the Jews of Maryland upon Maryland's ratification of the Constitution back in 1788, finally had become a legal reality! Extremely historic.

Also within this issue is the complete printing of the inaugural: "Address Delivered by John Quincy Adams, On being sworn into office as President of the United States on the 4th of March, 1825" which takes over two pages. It is prefaced with a report headed: "Inaugural Address" with some of the details of the proceedings (see images). Great to have this historic text in the next day's newspaper.

Another article is headed: "Liberation of Peru" which includes a "Proclamation" which is signed in type: Bolivar (see). Other news of the day is found throughout.

Sixteen pages, 6  by 9 1/2 inches, very nice condition, with only minor foxing. The top margin of the cover has what appears to be the handwritten name of the subscriber: "David Thomson's".

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th 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."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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