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Jefferson's books purchased by the Library of Congress... The capital rebuilds...



Item # 638718

November 4, 1815

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 4, 1815  Inside: "Books--Jefferson's Library" is a nice article concerning his private collection which was purchased by the Library of Congress to act as its foundation following destruction by the British during the War of 1812. It includes: "...The obliging & liberal manner in which Mr. Jefferson allowed us the free use of his library as long as we resided in the neighborhood of Monticello...some idea of the considerable value of that gentleman's collection of books, most of them rare & elegantly printed. We were therefore convinced that congress had acquired that collection on terms unusually advantageous..." and what follows is a list of some books with prices offered at London & what was paid by Congress (see).
Near the back is: "The Capital Arising from its Ashes" begins: "The new building on Capitol hill, preparing for the accommodation of congress, is in such a state of forwardness that it is expected to be finished early in November..." with more on the work being done to repair damage caused by the British (see).
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2  inches, evenly toned, otherwise in very good condition.

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."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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