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Setting a site for the federal Congress... Treaty with Sweden...

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October 25, 1783

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, October 25, 1783  I have always thought  this newspaper has one of the finest masthead, featuring an uncommonly large engraving with an Indian and an angel on either side of the "Journal", plus a 3-masted ship & other embellishments (see). A decorative issue for display.
Most of pages 1 and 2 are taken up with: "By the United States in Congress Assembled, A PROCLAMATION" creating a treaty between the United States and Sweden now that the peace negotiations ending the Revolutionary War had been resolved. Signed at its conclusion by B. Franklin & a Swedish representative.
With the agreement that Congress would alternate residence between Trenton & Annapolis for a short period, page 3 has a related report: "Whereas there there is reason to expect that the providing buildings for the alternate residence of Congress in two places will be productive to the most salutary effects, by securing the usual confidence and affections of the states: Resolved, That buildings be likewise erected for the use of Congress at or near the Lower Falls of Potomack or Georgetown, provided a suitable district on the bans of the river can be procured for a federal town..." with more on this, then: "...residence shall be alternately at equal periods of not more than one year, and not less than six months, in Trenton and Annapolis: and the President is hereby authorized and directed to adjourn Congress on the 12 day of November next to meet at Annapolis on the 26th of the same month...". We rarely find this report in newspapers of the day.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, a few minor binding slits at the blank spine, various period ink marks at margins, good condition.

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