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Rhode Island is obstinate in apporoving the Constitution...
Item # 652278 THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, March, 1790
* United States Constitution
* Rhode Island refusing
Included is an unusual illustration (rarely found in 18th century magazines) of a chamber lamp, within the descriptive text. Other items include: "Character of General Lee" "Female Heroism: or Magnanimity of the Whig Lades in Charleston when that City was in the Hands of the British" "On Comets" & much more.
Near the back is: "The Chronicle" with the latest news of the day including much on the French Revolution, with a section headed: "United States" with American news from Bennington, Vt.; New York, Richmond, Columbia, S.C.; & Philadelphia.
A report from Newport, R.I. discusses that state's intransigence in ratifying the Constitution. A few bits include: "...Every objection raised against the general government was clearly obviated; but anti-federalism, obstinacy and ignorance were triumphant...Where any thing new has been introduced, stupidity is the characteristic feature...". Rhode Island would approve the Constitution in May.
The complete issue has 72 pages but lacking are 2 leaves near the back which contain only music and poems. Full title/contents page, no plates are called for. The back leaf is filled with meteorological charts for Phila. & Charleston. Measures 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches and is in nice condition.
This title has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, having begun in September, 1786 and lasting until December, 1792. Although many titles existed earlier, none enjoyed the success of lasting beyond a few issues or a few years.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's