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Napoleon's signature on the front page...



Item # 656663

June 22, 1816

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 22, 1816  Perhaps the best content in this issue is the very unusual front page item headed: "Napoleon--'his mark' " which includes a facsimile of his signature, with a bit of text (vertical) which begins: "The annexed is a very exact copy of the signature of the most extraordinary man now living..." with a bit more (see photos).
There is also a nice article headed: "South America & Mexico--South American Affairs" which includes a letter to residents of Venezuela signed in type: Simon Bolivar (see for portions).
Among the other reports in this issue are: "New Orleans"; "Legislature of New Hampshire--Governor's Speech"; "Royal Dresses"; "Escape of Lavalette"; and various congressional reports noting political events of the day.
Complete in sixteen pages, measures 6 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches, small piece missing in the lower margin of front page, otherwise in very good 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."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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