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Wellington's own account of the battle of Waterloo...



Item # 644275

August 5, 1815

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, August 5, 1815  Although this issue has a wealth of news from across the country & elsewhere, certainly the content of prime historical significance is the account of the Battle of Waterloo, being the official report by Wellington of his victory over Napoleon. His account is prefaced with: "...have the following British official account of the first battle in the new war, in which Wellington claims a victory over Napoleon..." and what follows is the report from the "London Gazette Extraordinary" which also has a prefacing note about the report coming from the duke of Wellington, datelined: "Waterloo, June 19, 1815" (see photos for portions). This lengthy account, from Wellington's own perspective, takes two pages and is signed by him in type: Wellington. A few follow-up items including a note on the killed & wounded continues over to the following page.
Other items in this issue include various: "War Events", "Kidnapped Negroes" and a lengthy account of the: "Dartmoor Massacre" which takes all of 1-3 & some of pg. 4.
Complete in 16 pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, in very nice 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: "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."

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