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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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676955

Script signature of John Adams...

Item #676955

July 22, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 22, 1797  



* President John Adams & Thomas Jefferson



The front page has a full column taken up with two Acts of Congress under the heading: "Laws Of the United States - By Authority", each signed in script type by the President: John Adams, and in block type by Thomas Jefferson. Displayable as such. 

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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$53.00
676952

President John Adams signs in script type...

Item #676952

July 08, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 8, 1797  



* President John Adams

* Acts of Congress




The last column of the front page is taken up with two Acts of Congress, each signed in in type by the President, John Adams, one in script type & the other in block type. Page 2 begins with a third Act signed in script type by John Adams.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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$55.00
676887

Uniforms of the United States Navy described... The Constellation is launched...

Item #676887

September 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, September, 1797  



* United States Navy uniforms

* USS Constellation launching




The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day.

Near the back is is more than a full page taken up with: "Uniform For the Navy of the United States of America" which includes qu... See More  

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$98.00
676886

Foreign currency will no longer be legal tender in the United States...

Item #676886

August 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, August, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day.

Among the articles is an interesting one: "Improvements Suggested in Female Education" which takes nearly 3 pages.

Near the back is: "A PROCLAMATION" signed in type by the President, John A... See More  

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$48.00
676885

Foreign currency will no longer be legal tender in the United States...

Item #676885

August 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, August, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day.

Among the articles is an interesting one: "Improvements Suggested in Female Education" which takes nearly 3 pages.

Near the back is: "A PROCLAMATION" signed in type by the President, John A... See More  

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$48.00
676883

Still has the full page plate...

Item #676883

July 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, July, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day, some of which can be seen in the photos.

Quite rare in the this issue still contains the full page plate, which relates to the first article on the front page. Typically such plates are missing.

Certainly one of... See More  

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$89.00
676882

Settling the Natchez area... Albany's North Dutch Church...

Item #676882

June 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, June, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day. Among the news reports is content concerning settlement in the Natchez vicinity. Also a report of the laying of the cornerstone of what is now known as the First Reformed Church in Albany, or the North Dutch Churc... See More  

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676880

Includes the full page plate: rarely found... Launching the frigate 'United States'...

Item #676880

May 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, May, 1797  



* President John Adams - Congress

* USS United States launching




The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day.

Perhaps the most notable content is the: "President's Speech" which takes 5 1/2 pages. This was his speech of May 15, 17907, Ad... See More  

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$148.00
676879

Adams calls a special session of Congress due to the French-American crisis... Launching the frigate 'United States'...

Item #676879

May 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, May, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back several pages contain news items of the day.

Perhaps the most notable content is the: "President's Speech" which takes 5 1/2 pages. This was his speech of May 15, 17907, Adams calling for the first special session of Congress to consider the wo... See More  

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$56.00
676841

Working with the Indians...

Item #676841

April 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, April, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back three pages contain news items of the day. The news reports include some talk of a treaty with the Indians.

Certainly one of the less common 18th century American magazine titles, existing from just 1790 to 1797.

No plates are present.

Complete in 56 pag... See More  

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$28.00
676840

Working with the Indians...

Item #676840

April 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, April, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back three pages contain news items of the day. The news reports include some talk of a treaty with the Indians.

Certainly one of the less common 18th century American magazine titles, existing from just 1790 to 1797.

No plates are present.

Complete in 56 pag... See More  

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$32.00
676839

Working with the Indians...

Item #676839

April 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, April, 1797  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back three pages contain news items of the day. The news reports include some talk of a treaty with the Indians.

Certainly one of the less common 18th century American magazine titles, existing from just 1790 to 1797.

No plates are present.

Complete in 56 pag... See More  

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$34.00
676836

Washington's state-of-the-union address, from the nation's capital...

Item #676836

December 01, 1795

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, December, 1795 



* President George Washington

* State of the Union Address




The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back three pages contain news items of the day.

The most notable content is the: "President's Speech" being Washington's state-of-the-union address for the year, signed in ty... See More  

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$155.00
676833

A desire to break away from Massachusetts...

Item #676833

March 01, 1795

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, March, 1795  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back four pages contain news items of the day.

Among the news reports is mention that: "A convention of delegates from the 3 counties of York, Lincoln and Cumberland, in Maine, have published an address...on the subject of a separation from the state of Ma... See More  

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676832

A desire to break away from Massachusetts...

Item #676832

March 01, 1795

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, March, 1795  The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back four pages contain news items of the day.

Among the news reports is mention that: "A convention of delegates from the 3 counties of York, Lincoln and Cumberland, in Maine, have published an address...on the subject of a separation from the state of Ma... See More  

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676826

Houdon's famous Washington sculpture... Washington is inaugurated...

Item #676826

March 01, 1793

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, March, 1793



* George Washington's inauguration

* Jean-Antoine Houdon's sculpture




 The issue is filled mostly with an eclectic collection of articles, while the back leaf contains news items of the day.

Among the news reports is a notable one from Philadelphia: "Houdon, the famous French sculptor, who paid a visit to this country ... See More  

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676806

Washington's state-of-the-union address...

Item #676806

November 01, 1792

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, November, 1792  



* President George Washington

* State of the Union Address




Certainly the most notable content is President Washington's state-of-the-union address, found in its entirety at the back of the issue.

Headed: "THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH" it is prefaced with a paragraph reading in part: "...the national legislatur... See More  

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676792

John Adams is elected President of the United States...

Item #676792

February 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, February, 1797  



* John Adams presidential election

* Thomas Jefferson as vice president




The most notable report is the announcement that John Adams has been elected President of the United States.

A report near the back notes in part: "Yesterday, agreeable to a provision of the Constitution...the members...assembled...to count the votes ... See More  

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676731

Map of Italy... Comets...

Item #676731
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1742  



* 18th century map of Italy

* Comets with diagram




Perhaps the best item in this issue is the very nice full page: "Map of Italy" which shows the various borders of the states at that time, including Tuscany, Naples, Ecclesiastical State, Milan, Savoy, Venice, and more.

Also included in the map are Corsica, Sar
... See More  

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676728

The origin of chess... Print of a comet...

Item #676728
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1742  Perhaps the best article within is titled: "The Origin of the Game of Chess from the French of M. Frevet" which includes nearly 2 pages and contains much detail.

The article begins: "In the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era, there was in the Indies a very powerfull Prince..." and further on is: &q
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676690

Death of composer George F. Handel... George Washington in the French & Indian War... Foldout maps...

Item #676690
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1759  



* Death of Handel (music composer)

* Very early George Washington




Near the back is an inconspicuous yet very significant report on the death of famed composer George Frederick Handel.

Under the heading: "List of Deaths for the Year 1759" is an entry reading: "Geo. Fred. Handel, Esq; a great musician. He was born in Ger... See More  

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676688

French & Indian War...

Item #676688
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1759 There is a lengthy article titled: "Instructions by Major General Wolfe in Case of an Invasion" which has much detail. The "Historical Chronicle" also has several reports concerning the French & Indian War.

Other articles in the issue noted in the table of contents include:

"An Accurate Description of the... See More  

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676680

Negotiations with the Cherokee Indian Nation...

Item #676680
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1760  Inside has: "A Brief Account of the Negotiation between Governor Lyttelton and Artakullakulla (or the "Little Carpenter"), Deputee of the Whole Cherokee Nation & other Headmen and Warriors of that Nation". This text takes close to 3 pages and includes the full printing of the: "Treaty of Peace and Friendship Concl... See More  

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676676

Significant French & Indian War coverage... Jewish burial rituals....

Item #676676
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1758  The most significant article is headed: "American Affairs" with a dateline of Williamsburg, Virginia, July 7 which includes: "...that the Indians had lately killed & captivated 26 people between Winchester & Augusta court house...that a large body of the inhabitants, to the number of 300, were removed into Culpepper..... See More  

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676674

Second battle of Quebec...

Item #676674
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1760 



* Second siege of Quebec - Seven Years' War



Included is a detailed article: "Observations Upon the North Sea..." which is quite detailed and takes two pages. The accompanying map called for is lacking

Also in this issue are: "Act for Better Supplying the City with Fish" "Case of a Paralytic Patient Cured ... See More  

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676665

Friendly address to the Jews... Capitulation of Guadalupe...

Item #676665
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1759  Among the articles are a continued: "Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland" "Friendly Address to the Jews" which takes a full page; "Articles of Capitulation between their Excellencies & the Inhabitants of Guadelupe, etc." and "Gazette Account of the Taking of Guadaloupe" which takes more than ... See More  

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676625

Benedict Arnold on the Battle of Quebec... Ethan Allen in irons...

Item #676625

February 22, 1776

NEW-ENGLAND CHRONICLE OR ESSEX GAZETTE, (Cambridge), Feb. 22, 1776 



* Battle of Quebec - Canada

* General Benedict Arnold report

* Ethan Allen in captivity

* American Revolutionary War




The top of the first column begins with a report from Cork that: "...there has been commotions amongst the soldiers who are to embark for America; that a great numbers of them have deserted & ... See More  

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676608

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

Item #676608
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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676553

French and Indian War...

Item #676553
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1755  Contains an interesting variety of articles from during the French & Indian War in America, among which are: "Scheme For a New Lottery" "Account of American Pine" "Description of a Flying Lizard"; "Description of the City of Lisbon" and much on the earthquake there; plus many other articles.

Nea... See More  

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676540

Exploring the vicinity of Alaska...

Item #676540
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, March, 1754 

 Perhaps the most interesting item is a very nice, detailed article titled: "Some Account of a Chart lately published by M. de l Isle, with the different Conjectures and Opinions it has produced; from a Tract called, A Letter from a Russian Sea Officer to a Person of Distinction at Petersborough, &c."

This artic
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676521

Great map of South America... Treaty of Utrecht...

Item #676521

January 01, 1749

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1749   The prime feature of this issue is the very nice & detailed foldout map of "South America" which folds out to 11 1/2 by 10 inches. A very displayable & detailed map in great condition. Among the articles within are: "Articles of the Treaty of Utrecht" between England and France, which takes over 3 p
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$110.00
676517

Nice plates, including two of Aix La Chapelle...

Item #676517
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1748  Among the articles are: "Description of Aix la Chapelle & history of the Protestant Religion There" "New Astronomical Observations" "Of the Late Lunar Eclipse" "Of Saturn & Its Rings" (with full page plate) "Description of the City of Lima, from Betagh's Voyage Round the World...&qu
... See More  

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$74.00
676502

Benjamin Franklin receives an award...

Item #676502
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1753 



* Benjamin Franklin received Copley Medal

* Experiments and Observations on Electricity




Near the back of this issue is a small & inconspicuous item reading: "At the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society the prize medal of gold was voted to Ben Franklyn, Esq. of Maryland, for his electrical discoveries."   ... See More  

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676500

A skirmish in North Carolina from the French & Indian War...

Item #676500
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1754  Among the articles in this issue are: "Description of a Remarkable Venomous Insect found in South America"; an article concerning a form of sun dial with an illustration of it; "Of the Junction of Asia and America" which begins: "The termination  & position of the N.E. parts of Asia, and the N.W. parts of A... See More  

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$38.00
676469

Sir Francis Drake...

Item #676469
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1740  Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Course of Iberia, why so Obstinate" "Continuation of the Life of Sir Francis Drake--His Voyage & Adventures inthe Streight of Magellan"" is part of a multi-issue biography; "Remarks on his Majesty's Speech" "Occulation of fixed Stars
... See More  

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676466

Hebrew customs discussed...

Item #676466
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1740  An article of note is: "Discourse on Hebrew Customs Concluded" - which is a continuation from the previous issue.

Under the "Historical Chronicle" near the back is a report which includes: "...Being a general fast was observed with great decency & solemnity throughout the city, & by the Jews also in the
... See More  

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676461

More Protestant Germans for Georgia...

Item #676461
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1736  Included is an interesting article continue from a previous issue: "Account of the Deluge", meaning the Biblical Flood.

Near the back is a short bit noting: "The trustees for the colony of Georgia gave instructions to Mr. Von Reck to fetch more Protestants from Germany to be provided for in Georgia; those already there prov... See More  

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$33.00
676455

Defending the criticisms of Jews...

Item #676455
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1731



* 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 based on the note at the bottom of the title/contents page this is the "Third Edition".

Most notable and taking the... See More  

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$64.00
676454

Lengthy Judaica item, plus the founding of Georgia...

Item #676454
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1731  There are several notable articles in this issue, including over a full page on: "...an Historical and Law-Treatise Against Jews and Judaism, published some years since."

Another significant item is one of the earliest reports to be had on what would be the creation of the Georgia colony, headed: "A true Account of a new Co... See More  

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$185.00
676376

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson...

Item #676376

March 14, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 14, 1798  



* President John Adams acts of Congress

* Thomas Jefferson and Increase Sumner




The front page features two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: John Adams, and in block type by the Vice President: Th. Jefferson, one for defraying expenses for a treaty with Indians.

Also on the front page is a Mass. Act signed in sc... See More  

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$72.00
676198

A great wealth of Constitution-related content...

Item #676198
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), August, 1788  Among the articles are: "Observations on the Evil Consequences Attending the Excessive use of Spirituous Liquors" "Thoughts on the Law Prohibiting Hogs to Prowl the Streets of Philadelphia"; a continuation of: "Observations on the Constitution Proposed by the Late Federal Convention" which takes over 6 1/2 pages;... See More  

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$98.00
676179

Letters by Benjamin Franklin...

Item #676179
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, July, 1787, Second Edition (1789)  Among the articles are: "Remarks & Facts Relative to the American Paper Money, By Dr. Franklin" "Letter from Dr. Franklin to a Friend, on the Subject of the North East Storms" "Letter from Dr. Franklin to a friend, Containing an Account of a Remarkable Whirlwind" "Letter from Dr. M. to... See More  

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$78.00
675460

Timely report of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...

Item #675460

December 01, 1791

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1791 



* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart death (1st report)

* Musical composer - Classical music era original




Presented inconspicuously among other death reports is a brief yet very notable report on the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ending with a prophetic comment:  " At Vienna, Wolfgang Mozart, the celebrated German composer. ... See More  

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$355.00
675448

Mutiny on the Bounty... Captain William Bligh...

Item #675448
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1790 



* Mutiny on the Bounty

* Captain William Bligh




Near the back is one of the more historic naval report of the 18th century, since romanticized by the famous movie, giving a fine account of the mutiny on board the ship Bounty.

The report is headed: "Several Memorable Events have lately happened at Sea, which for their Singularity &am... See More  

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$215.00
675441

Bunker Hill... Post-Revolutionary War engraving...

Item #675441
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1790 



* Full page engraving of Bunker's Hill



Certainly the prime piece is the very nice, full page engraved plate captioned: "View of Bunker's Hill" which is accompanied by a brief article which includes: "...very accurate & pretty drawing of Bunker's Hill, within the encampments of the Generals Howe and Clin... See More  

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$120.00
675438

Major Hardin & the Northwest Indian War...

Item #675438
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1790  The issue includes a wide range of articles, & near the back several pages with an: "Accurate Statement of the Late Revolution in France".

There is also a report headed: "America" reporting on the Northwest Indian War, noting in part: "...that Major Hardin...with 200 volunteers...of Kentucky...made an expedition fr... See More  

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$32.00
675250

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #675250

June 12, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 12, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication



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 Jeffer... See More  

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$67.00
675104

Capt. Cook explores the South Pacific...

Item #675104

July 30, 1771

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 30, 1771 



* HMS Endeavour - Royal Navy

* Captain James Cook

* 1st voyage of South Pacific




An inside page has an: "Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman on Board the Endeavour...", which includes in part: "We sailed in August, 1768 and after touching at several places, arrived at St. George's Land...great care was taken to cultivate... See More  

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$115.00
675024

Recruitment ad for joining the U.S. military...

Item #675024

June 05, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, June 5, 1799 



* From the year of George Washington's death



Page 2 has a letter from Lord Nelson to his wife. Page 3 also has a very nice recruitment ad for the military headed: "ATTENTION ! " "To all who properly estimate the Independence of America, love its Constitution, and are willing to defend its Government &a... See More  

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$46.00
675007

Fleshing out the details in the treaty with America...

Item #675007

April 17, 1783

DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, April 17, 1783  Page 2 has some reports from the House of Commons relating to the treaty with America, particularly the trade portion. The back page has some talk concerning relations with America as well.

Four pages, nice condition.

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$42.00
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