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Declaration of war...



Item # 647746

June 27, 1812

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 27, 1812  This issue has one of the best presentations on the declaration of war against Great Britain, beginning the War of 1812.
Most of the first column of the front page is a somewhat decorative "Proclamation" headed with an engraving of a heraldic eagle & signed by James Madison, declaring that a state of war exists between the United States & England, marking the official beginning of the War of 1812. Inside has a nice editorial: "War Against England" which takes close to 2 pages and includes near the end: "War is Declared--Great Britain is the Enemy..." and at the very end: "...and every man be prepared to say, Long live America, the asylum of freedom--sovereign, independent and happy." (see photos).
An historic issue on America's entry into this important war & quite displayable with such a nice front page.  And great to have in this newspaper which not only is from very close to Washington, D.C. but was essentially the mouthpiece of the federal government from the period.
Sixteen pages 6 1/4 by 10 inches, scattered foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

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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