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Death by duel of naval hero Stephen Decatur...

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March 25, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 25, 1820  The ftpg. has an article with small head: "Melancholy Occurrence" which begins: "A duel was fought on Wednesday...between the victor of the Macedonian, Com. Decatur, and com. Barron who commanded the Chesapeake frigate...They fought at 8 paces with pistols---at the first fire both were wounded--com. Decatur through the abdomen of which he died..." with more.
Further in the issue is another report with a small head: "Com. Decatur" with has a bit more detail concerning the funeral, etc. 
Among other reports in this issue are: "Relations with Spain" which includes a report signed in type: John Quincy Adams; "Supreme Court of the U. States" "National Currency--Report of the Secretary of the Treasury" and various reports from Congress including items signed in type by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams.
Sixteen pages, measures about 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, generally nice.

This 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: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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