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Early mention of George Washington...



Item # 640774 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1755  There are no less than two high points in this issue, the first being an article headed: "Gov. Dinwiddie's Speech to the Assembly of Virginia" in which he relates various reports from the French & Indian War, including mention of  "...general Braddock, commander in chief of all his majesty's forces on this continent..." and others. There is also a report reading in part: "The poor men who suffered at the meadows with colonel Washington recommend to your favour as they were disabled in the service of their country...".  This is very early & rather rare mention of George Washington, when he was just 23 years old.
The very first article in this magazine: "Account of the British Settlements in N. America" which is continued from a previous issue takes over 3 1/2 pgs.
Among other items of interest in this magazine are:
"A Message from his Excellency Arthur Dobbs, Esq., Governor of North Carolina, to the General Assembly held at Newburn... [New Bern]" "A Particular Account of the Death of Mr.. Professor Richmann...who was Killed Whilst he was Making an Electrical Experiment" which also includes two illustrations (see); "Journal of Public Transactions in America" an article which begins: "In the instruction given by Somerset County in Virginia to the representatives in the assembly, is the following passage..."; a full back page is a chart of: "Each Day's Price of Stocks in July, 1755" and much more.
Neither the American map not the other plate called for are present.
Complete in 48 pages, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches with wide untrimmed margins, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate.

A very nice magazine from the late 18th century with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Item from Catalog 272 (released for July, 2018)...

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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