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Convicts shipped off to America... Oglethorpe before founding Georgia...
Item # 633566
March 13, 1728
THE DAILY POST-BOY, London, March 13, 1728 (1729 by today's calendar)
* Early James Oglethorpe
* Convicts to America
Near the bottom of the front page is a terrific item noting: "Also the same day nine felons convicts, eight men and one woman, were brought from Oxford City to the Oxford-Arms at Holborn Bridge, and from thence carry'd down the river and put on board a ship in order for their being transported to his Majesty's Plantations in America." Although it was known that convicts were occasionally shipped off to the American colonies, it is exceedingly rare to find such mention in period newspapers.
Also of note is a great, early item on James Olgethorpe before his founding of the colony of Georgia. It is on the front page, noting in part: "Yesterday...James Oglethorp Esq....and others of the committee of the Honourable House of Commons were again at the Fleet-Prison...& pass'd a farther examination relating to the state of that jail." Note in the Wikipedia citation that Oglethorpe was involved in prison reform issues before setting off for the colonies.
Two great American items in this early newspapers & both on the front page.
Single sheet, 8 1/2 by 15 inches, handsome engravings in the masthead, very nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's