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Emancipation Proclamation from the city where it was issued...



Item # 651930

January 3, 1863

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., January 3, 1863  Page 2 contains the Emancipation Proclamation, from the city where it was issued.
The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation  which changed the federal legal status of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the designated areas of the South from slave to free. As soon as a slave escaped the control of the Confederate government, by running away or through advances of federal troops, the former slave became free in fact.
On September 22, 1862 Lincoln issued a preliminary warning that he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state that did not end its rebellion against the Union by January 1, 1863. None of the Confederate states restored themselves to the Union and Lincoln's order was signed and took effect on January 1, 1863.
This newspaper contains that Proclamation. Collectors have always desired historic reports in newspapers from where the event happened. Being a Proclamation by President Lincoln, a Washington, D.C. printing is the most coveted.
This is the first we have offered a Washington newspaper with the January printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The full text consumes over half of the first column on page 2, headed: "OFFICIAL. By The President of the United States of America, A PROCLAMATION" and is signed in type at its conclusion: Abraham Lincoln.
Page 3 begins with an editorial headed: "The Emancipation Edict". And perhaps only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, this is no brief editorial but rather a very detailed report which takes nearly half of the page. Photos show just small portions.
Also of interest is "An Act for the Admission of the State of 'West Virginia' into the Union and for Other Purposes". After resolving some required language concerning slavery, West Virginia formally joined the Union on June 20.
Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine where there is some loss, but fortunately not effecting any text and not even close to the Emancipation Proclamation. Otherwise a few front leaf creases and in nice condition.

Item from Catalog 277 (released for December, 2018)...

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