Newspapers from the 1700s

The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.

Newspapers from the 1700s

The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
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682602

A displayable 18th century newspaper...

Item #682602

October 02, 1716

THE POST BOY, London, Oct. 2, 1716 



* Rare title w/ nice masthead



One of the nicer mastheads of the 18th century as it features two handsome engravings (see). Various news reports from Europe. The back page is mostly filled with advertisements and notices.

Complete as a single sheet newspaper, measures 8 1/4 by 14 inches, very nice condition.... See More  

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$38.00
682595

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1700...

Item #682595

January 23, 1700

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Jan. 23, 1700



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had

* At the turn of the 18th century




This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is ... See More  

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$31.00
682386

One of the more decorative mastheads of the 18th century...

Item #682386

April 06, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 6, 1795 



* Nice masthead engraving - 18th century America

* Illustrated farms for sale advertisements




If you are looking for a handsome American newspaper of the 1700's which is displayable & priced reasonably, this is one of the best. This title features one of the more decorative mastheads of the era.

Complete i... See More  

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$47.00
682265

A handsome, 18th century displayable newspaper...

Item #682265

April 21, 1794

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, April 21, 1794



* Nice 18th century American publication



A handsome issue for display given the decorative masthead and the wide, untrimmed margins. Various news reports of the day with a number of illustrated advertisements on the back page.

Four pages, a little irregular at the margins, generally very nice.... See More  

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$34.00
681671

The Irish Rebellion of 1798... Philadelphia to be burned?

Item #681671

June 23, 1798

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 23, 1798  Perhaps the prime content are the two articles on page 7 related to the Irish Rebellion, the first being: "STATE OF IRELAND", which contains a proclamation by Lord George Cavendish attempting to preserve the House of Ireland. The second is: POSTSCRIPT. LONDON", which contains several letters with rebellion related news from Belfast,... See More  

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$70.00
681089

With a note signed by George Washington...

Item #681089

February 04, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 4, 1793  Page 2 has reports from Congress which includes an introductory note signed in type by the President: Go. Washington.

Page 3 has: "Articles of the Society for Promoting the Improvement of Roads and Inland Navigation". The bkpg. includes a $20 reward for a runaway "...Negro Girl, named Nancy..." with detai... See More  

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$65.00
680655

Benjamin Franklin's Plan for the Union... Albany Congress...

Item #680655
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1754  Inside under "America" is a July 29 report from New York about the famous Albany Congress stating that: "...on the 16 instant the lieutenant-governor arrived from Albany ...having settled matters to the entire satisfaction of all the nations of Indians that attended the congress at that place."

It further states that commis... See More  

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$82.00
680602

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #680602

August 28, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 28, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (2) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 18 illustrated ship ads and 1 slavery related ad. One more is on page 3. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, minor foxing, generally very nice.... See More  

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$44.00
680579

Great foldout map of "West Florida" from Pensacola to New Orleans...

Item #680579
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1772 



* Nice map of "West Florida"

* Pensacola, Florida, to New Orleans, Louisiana

* Plate of a rare bird from the Hudson Bay




Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Part of WEST FLORIDA" from Pensacola to the Mouth of Iberville River, with a View to shew t... See More  

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$435.00
680566

Cornwallis Proclamation to dispel rumors...

Item #680566

December 28, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, December 28, 1780



* Charles Cornwallis proclamation

* Revolutionary War original reading

* South Carolina




An inside page has from North Carolina: "A Proclamation" by Earl Cornwallis which mentions in part: "Whereas the enemies of his Majesty's government continuing to practice every artifice & deceit to impose on the minds of the people... See More  

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$44.00
680413

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisement...

Item #680413

August 06, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 6, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* Runaway slave advertisement




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 11 illustrated ship ads and 1 slave related ad. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, light damp stain at the upper right corner, nice condition.... See More  

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$39.00
680392

Printed during the Revolutionary War...

Item #680392

March 28, 1780

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, March 28, 1780



* Revolutionary War era newspaper



Although from the midst of the Revolutionary War I cannot find any reference to it, this issue filled primarily with reports from Europe, including military reports.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, nice condition. ... See More  

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$28.00
680332

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #680332

May 28, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 28, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (2) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are scarce to find. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including two on the front page regardi... See More  

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$48.00
680307

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisement...

Item #680307

September 05, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 5, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (2) runaway slave advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 8 illustrated ship & two runaway slave ads.

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages in nice condition.... See More  

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$44.00
680258

18th century Philadelphia, Pennsylvania......

Item #680258

January 26, 1795

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 26, 1795



* Rare 18th century American publication



Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements.

Four pages, tiny binding holes along the spine, very nice c... See More  

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$36.00
680243

1793 Boston, Massachusetts...

Item #680243

February 26, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 26, 1794



* 18th century American title



Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. Contains news of the day and various advertisements.

Page 4 includes 3 illustrated ship ads.

Complete as a 4 page issue, small piece torn away along the bottom margin of pages 3-4, generally very nice.

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$30.00
680196

American newspaper from just before the creation of the Constitution...

Item #680196

March 01, 1786

THE NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) 



* 18th century American publication



A notable newspaper from the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War and the creation of the American Constitution when the founding fathers were crafting a framework for a new federal government.



News of the day and various advertisements.



Eight p... See More  

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$42.00
680115

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisement...

Item #680115

September 22, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 22, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* Slave family wanted advertisement




The front and back pages are taken up with ads including 16 illustrated ship ads and one for: "A family of American Negroes". (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More  

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$39.00
680026

Decorative back page with 34 illustrated ship ads...

Item #680026

November 10, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Nov. 10, 1794  The back page is decorated by 35 illustrated ship ads, with details.

Inside pages have various news reports of the day and more ads.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very nice condition.

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$38.00
680015

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #680015

April 14, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, April 14, 1744  This was the first successful magazine in America although formatted unlike typical magazines. It was exclusively a chronicle of the Great Awakening in America, exclusively of secular news reports. It was preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even this title lasted but a few short ... See More  

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$110.00
680006

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #680006

May 29, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, May 29, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American title



This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-... See More  

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$67.00
679999

Defending the criticisms of Jews...

Item #679999
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1731



* A rare 1st edition

* Supporting criticism of the Jews

* Early report from Boston




This is just the third issue of this extremely successful magazine. Several editions of the first several issues were printed in the early 1730's, and are typically identified as such (2nd edition, 3rd edition, etc.) at the bottom of the title page. This ... See More  

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$88.00
679977

Siege of Havana, Cuba, with a foldout map...

Item #679977
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1762 



* Siege of Havana, Cuba w/ foldout map

* British occupation - Seven Years' War




The prime content would certainly be the account of the battle of Havana, Cuba, headed: "Account of the Taking of the Havannah" which is nearly a full page account.

This is followed by the: "Articles of Capitulation agreed upon between Sir ... See More  

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$175.00
679892

First inauguration of George Washington...

Item #679892

July 16, 1789

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 16, 1789  Certainly one of the more desirable events to have in a period newspaper is the first inauguration of George Washington. American issues with such content are virtually unobtainable today, and reports in any newspapers worldwide are extremely uncommon.

Here is a nice report of this significant event found on page 2, datelined: "Extract of a ... See More  

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$965.00
679847

Attempts to create the colony of Vandalia in America...

Item #679847

July 02, 1772

THE LONDON CHONICLE, England, July 2, 1772  The back page has a brief item which recalls an interesting moment in American history: the proposed creation of the colony of Vandalia.

The report notes: "A Privy Council was held yesterday...when the petition of the Honourable Thomas Wallpole, Samuel Wharton...and others for a grant of a tract of country for a new Colony on the banks of the ... See More  

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679763

Published by Ben Franklin's grandson...

Item #679763

January 25, 1794

GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 25, 1794  This issue was published by Benjamin Franklin Bache, Ben's grandson. The front page is filled with ads including 6 illustrated ship ads and a "One Hundred Dollars Reward" ad for a runaway Dutch servant boy, with details. Various news of the day inside, with more ads as well.

Four pages never-trimmed margins, nice condition.

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$38.00
679746

Unusual, short-lived newspaper...

Item #679746

September 11, 1710

THE VISIONS OF SIR HEISTER RYLEY: WITH OTHER ENTERTAINMENTS, London, September 11, 1710  Sir Heister Ryley, the fictitious editor of the Visions of Sir Heister Ryley, is a man interested in all fields of learning, a "stickler in the business of truth" and absolutely adverse to siding with any political party. His little newspaper was a 4 page serial. It contained essays, letters and... See More  

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$44.00
679745

Scarce title...

Item #679745

July 10, 1710

MEMOIRS OF LITERATURE, London, July 10, 1710  A very uncommon title from England with no news of the day but rather editorials and literature reviews.  Four pages, lite damp-staining to the right portion of the issue, otherwise in very nice condition, 8 3/4 by 13 1/4 inches, and a rare opportunity to add this title to an early newspaper collection. 

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$38.00
679744

Actions in the House of Commons...

Item #679744

March 27, 1716

VOTES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, London, England, March 27, 1716  A rare British newspaper much the size of other titles of the day. As the title suggests the content concerns topics considered in the House of Commons including: "...to enquire into Abuses practised in the manufacturing Tobacco, had made some Progress in the Examination of that Matter, and it appearing to them that the... See More  

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$37.00
679741

Skeleton from the Black Assize of Oxford 1577...

Item #679741

March 23, 1767

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL [Gloucester], England, March 23, 1767  Page 3 has an interesting item: "Last week the skeleton of a man in setters, with one jaw and some of the large bones perfect, was dug up in removing some ground in our Castle Green, eastward of the ruins of the old County Hall, memorable as the place wherein was held the fatal black assize, in the year 1577... upwards of 500 o... See More  

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679740

Massacre of Indian chiefs...

Item #679740

March 24, 1787

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 24, 1787  The bottom of the  back page has a report noting "...from North America, which mention that several Indian Chiefs who had assembled for the purpose of holding a council, hostile to the United States, had been surprised & put to death by a party of the American army. The celebrated Joseph Brendt...and another chief escaped the massac... See More  

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679736

The Articles of Confederation...

Item #679736

March 11, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 11, 1778  This was a strongly Tory newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

There are only a handful of documents in American history which can be considered cornerstones in the creation of our national government, which would include the Declaration of Indepe... See More  

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$12,500.00
679721

John Wilkes, a supporter of the American cause...

Item #679721

August 29, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, Aug. 29, 1768  The first half of the newspaper is taken up with the continuation of the "Narrative of the Hon. Commodore Byron" on his expedition around the world in the 1740's.

Near the back are reports from London noting in part: "...that most of the readers of our paper are such friends to liberty that they will receive with the most... See More  

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$145.00
679719

Death of the Queen's occultist, an itinerant quack...

Item #679719

May 26, 1715

THE POST BOY, London, May 26, 1715  A handsome issue with the two nice, detailed engravings in the masthead. The back page has a brief item: "The same day, Sir William Read, his Majesty's Ocultist in Chief, died at Rochester; he was the most expert of all those of his profession." Wikisource calls Williams Read an itinerant quack.

Complete as a single sheet issue, 8 1... See More  

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$59.00
679711

Washington on negotiating peace...

Item #679711

June 25, 1782

THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL & EVENING POST, London, June 25, 1782  Page 3 has a letter from New York beginning: "The rebels have been assured by the French that they hare to have no more pecuniary assistance from that quarter...The rebels had some small resource left in their trade..." and a bit more.

The bkpg. has an item: "It is said that General Washington has determined to o... See More  

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$54.00
679709

News from New York.. .Jonathan Swift...

Item #679709

March 03, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 3, 1768  The front page has: "America", which includes news from New York. Inside has "Letters Written by the late Jonathan Swift" which include the text of one of his recently published letters from 1735.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

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$30.00
679705

"Rebel" John Paul Jones defeats the Serapis...

Item #679705

October 21, 1779

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 21, 1779  Inside includes: "A Proclamation" by the governor of New York concerning the hostile actions of France against England.

But certainly the most significant content is the very early report of the naval battle between John Paul Jones and the Serapis: "...that there has lately entered the road of the Texel to of the King's ships, ... See More  

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$245.00
679580

Bookselling & newspaper publishing in America...

Item #679580
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1796  Included is a very interesting article titled: "Present State of Printing and Bookselling in America" which is great for our hobby as there is talk of newspaper printing as well, including; "...people of North America manufacture their own paper...The newspapers of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Mary... See More  

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$47.00
679578

Cottingham Village and Church (1797)...

Item #679578
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1797  A generic issue with no content with writing about. Includes both plates called for, including one showing the Cottingham Church and family monuments. A corresponding article provides considerable details regarding this ancient country village.

Complete in 88 pages, full title/contents page with an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 by 8 inc... See More  

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$25.00
679573

Oliver Cromwell print... Thanks for Horatio Nelson...

Item #679573
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1799  Among the two plates called for is one with a nice print of Oliver Cromwell as well as a view of Cockermouth Castle (see) with related text for both. Near the back is a letter from Horatio Nelson answering the vote of thanks of the British House of Commons for his victory in the Battle of the Nile, signed: Nelson.

Complete in 96 pages, full titl... See More  

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$32.00
679570

Six letters signed by President John Adams...

Item #679570

May 26, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 26, 1798  A nice issue for display as the front page contains not just one but six letters, each signed in type by the president: JOHN ADAMS. There are two more letters signed by Adams on page 2.

These letters are in response to letters sent to him by people or groups in Lancaster &  Harrisburg, Penna., and also Burlington & Bridgetown, N.J., and ... See More  

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$56.00
679514

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #679514

June 22, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 22, 1797  This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The first issue ap... See More  

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$67.00
679462

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1701...

Item #679462

March 31, 1701

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, March 31, 1701



* Among the earliest of English language newspapers to be had

* At the turn of the 18th century




This is the world's oldest continually published English language newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still printing in London to this day. And this is a very early, genuine issue. As was the case with most newspapers of the 17th century, this is... See More  

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$32.00
679259

Blacks to have rights of citizenship in New York ? Washington to move to England?

Item #679259

July 23, 1785

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1785 



* General George Washington to move his residence to England (?)

* Blacks to have citizenship rights in New York (?)




Page 2 has a report from New York with some news from the Assembly of the state which includes: "...very warm debates also have taken place upon the question of admitting Blacks, Mulattoes, Mustees, Quadroons...the the r... See More  

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$55.00
679233

Launch of the U.S. brig President Adams...

Item #679233

August 07, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Aug. 7, 1799  Most of the ftpg. is taken up with: "Robespierre--The Detested", the famous name from the French Revolution.

A page 2 item from Pittsburgh has: "A new brig, the property of the United States, called President Adams, was launched on Rouge River, six miles from Detroit...She carries 18 guns & is remarkably ha... See More  

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$46.00
679174

Ben Franklin on the morals of chess...

Item #679174
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1787  Within is an interesting article titled: "The Morals Of Chess, By Dr. Franklin of Philadelphia" which takes nearly two pages. The article begins: "The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life are to be acquired & strengthened by it..."... See More  

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$175.00
679168

The slave trade... William Wilberforce... General Wayne slaughters the Indians...

Item #679168
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London,  July, 1790



* African slave trade

* William Wilberforce

* Indians massacred




Included is an interesting article on an: "Apparatus of Humanity" with a related full page print captioned: "Apparatus For Communicating Heat to Bodies Apparently Dead" (see). Also a review of a new book: "The Slave Trade Indispensable; in Answer t... See More  

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$45.00
679166

The "white" negro boy... To John Hancock on the Stamp Act... Map of Bridgetown in Barbadoes...

Item #679166
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1766 



* re. Stamp Act repealed

* John Hancock letter

* Bridgetown, Barbadoes map




One of the better items is a letter: "...from the Principal Merchants in London trading to the Colonies, to John Hancock, Esq., and the rest of the Merchants in Boston, on the Repeal of the Stamp Act" which has some great reading. This letter take... See More  

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$118.00
679163

General Murray on retiring from Quebec...

Item #679163

September 01, 1766

THE SCOTS MAGAZINE, Edinburgh, Scotland, September, 1766  Although formatted much like the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" this is a much more scarce title.

News under: "British North America" includes an address from the Council in Quebec to Governor James Murray on his retirement from that position, with his response to the Council. Further on are more letters to... See More  

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$36.00
679116

Colonial Boston, with the Supplement issue attached...

Item #679116

June 06, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, June 6, 1768 



* Pre Revolutionary War tensions



Under reports from London is: "...Letters from Boston, New England, mention that the late public spirit for establishing new manufactures was greatly subsided, the adventurers having met with nothing but disappointments in procuring materials, scarcity of money, & high price of wages." Else... See More  

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$240.00
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