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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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674771

News from America on King George's War....

Item #674771
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1744 



* King George's War in America



Over 9 pages at the beginning of the issue are taken up with reports on events in Parliament under the guise of: "Proceedings & Debates in the Senate of Lilliput" as direct reporting on Parliamentary events was prohibited.

Among various other articles found in this issue are: "Bill... See More  

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$38.00
674770

Pirate troubles in the Caribbean...

Item #674770
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1737  Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Some regular Troops necessary in a free Government against Civil Insurrections" "Tumults, How Best Suppressed" "Arbitrary Power the Consequence of Popery and the Jacobite Scheme" and more.

Near the back is a section headed: "Historical Chronicle"... See More  

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674769

More on creating the Mason-Dixon Line...

Item #674769
SUPPLEMENT TO THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, for the year 1769 



* Mason and Dixon Line creation



This is the "supplement" issue provided at the end of the year containing various articles much like the regular issues but containing fewer pages. It has just a one-third page masthead and also includes the table of contents on the front page.

Articles include an: "Acc... See More  

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$28.00
674685

Supporting the new Constitution...

Item #674685

May 03, 1788

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, May 3, 1788 



* United States Constitution support



Ftpg. item from Baltimore notes: "The election for two members to represent the town of Baltimore in the Convention to meet at Annapolis the 21st to decide on the new Constitution was closed on Thurs...".

Page 2 has more concerning the consideration of the new Constitution with reports from... See More  

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674664

Washington's historic Farewell orders to the military..

Item #674664

December 27, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 27, 1783 



* General George Washington

* Farewell address to Continental Army




Certainly the most notable content is a full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783."

It reads in part:... See More  

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674650

Confirming the treaty of peace is concluded...

Item #674650

November 13, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 13, 1783 



* Treaty of Paris (peace) concludes

* End of the Revolutionary War




Page 2 has a report from Parliament concerning the work on the treaty to end the Revolutionary War, which includes a very historic statement. Bits include: "...The definitive treaties of peace between the Court of Great Britain and those of France and Spain and the Unit... See More  

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674645

Creating a statue of Washington... Loyalists in New York...

Item #674645

October 18, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 18, 1783 



* Equestrian statue of George Washington (Washington Circle)

* New York loyalists - Benjamin Franklin re. treaty w/ Sweden




Page 3 has a report noting in part: "...that a treaty had been ratified in Congress the 29th day of July last...between the U.S. and the King of Sweden. This Treaty was concluded at Paris...and signed by Dr. Frankl... See More  

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674627

Enemies of their country are outlaws from the United States...

Item #674627

October 11, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Oct. 11, 1783  Page 2 has an item headed: "America - Extract of the Proceedings of the Assembly of the State of New York." which lists various men who: "...have not only given every aid & assistance to the enemies of their country, but have put themselves n arms to enslave the same...being enemies of their country, be, and are for ever outlawed from th... See More  

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674621

England's concerns for the Loyalists...

Item #674621

September 16, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 16, 1783  Page 7 has a full column taken up with: "Abstract of the Most Material Clauses in the Act of Parliament Passed last Session for Appointing Commissioners for Inquiring into the Losses & Services of the American Loyalists". This was to provide assistance to the Loyalists from the war who suffered in America for their loyalty to Englan... See More  

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674559

A conversion of a Jew... "Of a small Venomous Serpent..."

Item #674559
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1750  Over a page is taken up with: "Of a small Venomous Serpent...." which includes on page 2 a print of it. Another article is: "An Account of the Conversion of Daniel Tnangam Alexander, an Eminent Jew" to the Protestant religion.

There is a continued article on: "Lewis XIV Greatest of Monarchs" by M. de Voltair... See More  

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674528

Angry Boston freeholders... Destroy Fort Pitt...

Item #674528

December 19, 1772

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Dec. 19, 1772  The second page has the follow-up petition from the Freeholders of Boston expressing once again their concern about the salaries of the judges of the Superior Court, as well as a request for a special meeting of the General Assembly to discuss this important and alarming matter.

A reply from the Governor says their reasons are insufficient and they have n... See More  

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674527

Angry Boston freeholders... Destroy Fort Pitt...

Item #674527

December 19, 1772

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Dec. 19, 1772  The second page has the follow-up petition from the Freeholders of Boston expressing once again their concern about the salaries of the judges of the Superior Court, as well as a request for a special meeting of the General Assembly to discuss this important and alarming matter.

A reply from the Governor says their reasons are insufficient and they have n... See More  

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674516

Sam Adams...

Item #674516

July 30, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 30, 1796 



* Samuel Adams, Massachusetts governor

* 18th century American original




The front page has a full column taken up with an Act of the Mass. legislature signed in type by its governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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674489

Finding a Northwest Passage... Protecting the Carolinas...

Item #674489
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1745  Over 1 1/2 pages are taken up with: "The case of Carolina Consider'd, with Regard to its Danger of being Invaded, for want of Regular Forces...". This is a great article on the defence of the colonies. Three-quarters of a page are taken up with: "A List of Privateers".

Among other articles are: "Speech on the R... See More  

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674487

A conversion of a Jew... "Of a small Venomous Serpent..."

Item #674487
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1750  Over a page is taken up with: "Of a small Venomous Serpent...." which includes on page 2 a print of it. Another article is: "An Account of the Conversion of Daniel Tnangam Alexander, an Eminent Jew" to the Protestant religion.

There is a continued article on: "Lewis XIV Greatest of Monarchs" by M. de Voltair... See More  

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674485

A conversion of a Jew... "Of a small Venomous Serpent..."

Item #674485
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1750  Over a page is taken up with: "Of a small Venomous Serpent...." which includes on page 2 a print of it. Another article is: "An Account of the Conversion of Daniel Tnangam Alexander, an Eminent Jew" to the Protestant religion.

There is a continued article on: "Lewis XIV Greatest of Monarchs" by M. de Voltair... See More  

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674484

Relations with England...

Item #674484
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, April, 1766  Among the items included are: "On the Alliance between Church and State and the American Bishops...". A great & lengthy article is: "On The Trade & Commerce of the British Colonies" which considers the taxation and trade issues, of significance given the Stamp Act which was in force at this time. There is much great readin... See More  

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674356

Was George Washington ever a commissioned officer in the British army?

Item #674356
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1795  Included is a letter to the publisher concerning George Washington, referencing his bravery & military prowess from the French & Indian War. Further on it notes: "...In the regular standing army of Great Britain he never held any commission: and this perhaps may have been...why Lord Howe & General Howe declined acknowledging h... See More  

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674043

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #674043

March 23, 1797

PORCUPINES GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 23, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American title



All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements inc... See More  

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673976

Tired of pirating... news from Charlestown...

Item #673976

November 22, 1766

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, November 22, 1766  The front page has an article with the dateline "Newport, Rhode Island, October 6" which is from "a letter from Castle Brew, at Annamaboa, on the Coast of Africa...". It talks about the pirate infested areas along the coastline, but in particular the one ship "commanded by one Hide". "...These fellows neither murder, ... See More  

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673958

Beware of those who might subvert the American cause...

Item #673958

April 19, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 19, 1783  Page 2 has over half a column headed: "American News" which is taken up with a great document from the Senate of Virginia, warning all to be careful not to be involved with those who might secretly try to promote the motives of England: "...to defeat the malice of those who are.., or may have been suspected to act as the emissaries... See More  

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673948

Celebrating news of peace... Loyalists not happy...

Item #673948

April 05, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 5, 1783 



* Revolutionary War ending w/ peace celebration



Page 5 has a notable report: "...Capt. Humphries, from New York to London...sailed from New York...and the Captain says that on the morning of the said day, peace was proclaimed at New York and Valley Forge, in consequence of advices from Europe; that the preliminaries had been signed the ... See More  

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673946

The French evacuated Yorktown... Treaty particulars arrived in Paris...

Item #673946

April 03, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 3, 1783 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




The back page includes: "...an account that an American frigate had arrived at Nantes, on board  which came...This gentleman, who is in the service of Congress, has brought over the outlines of the treaty which is to be definitive between America and Great Britain.... See More  

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673938

General Clinton defends his actions from the end of the war...

Item #673938

March 18, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 18, 1783 



* General Henry Clinton

* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




The entire front page is taken up with some terrific narrative on some of the closing military events the Revolutionary War, headed: "Narrative of Lieut. General Sir Henry Clinton, Relative to His Conduct During part of this Command of the King&... See More  

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673896

Hopes of resurrecting trade with the American colonies...

Item #673896

February 22, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 22, 1783 



* Post American Revolutionary War

* Trade with the enemy to resume ?




Several items concerning the reestablishment of trade between America and England including: "We hope & trust that the stipulations of the treaty are such as will revive our injured trade & restore our commercial intercourse with our American Brethren...declar... See More  

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673762

Some terms of the peace treaty are announced...

Item #673762

December 26, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 26, 1782 



* Possible peace treaty ?

* American Independence ?




The back page has a very historic report presenting some of the terms of the peace treaty with a letter from Paris prefaced with: "While the Provisional articles are kept so profound a secret in London, the substance of them is well known & publicly talked of here: 'On the Par... See More  

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673751

Carleton finds offering America independence irksome... Fate of the Loyalists...

Item #673751

November 05, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 5, 1782 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




Page 6 has a brief item noting: "Sir Guy Carleton has stated to government the numbers & situation of the Loyalists in such strong & striking colours; shewn so clearly the impolicy & inhumanity of abandoning them to the tyranny of Congress...".

The back page has... See More  

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673702

Thoughts on a peace treaty & the independence of America...

Item #673702

October 15, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 15, 1782 



* Possible peace treaty ?

* American Independence ?




The entire front page and one-third of pg. 2 are taken up with a lengthy letter concerning the situation with America and the terms for a peace treaty, with much thought on independence.

 The opening statement sets the tone for this notable report: "Nothing can equal the surpris... See More  

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673700

Have peace terms been agreed to? Loyalists to fight on...

Item #673700

October 10, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 10, 1782 



* Revolutionary War ending events



Page 5 has: "A letter received yesterday from Paris says...that peace is or near being concluded between England and the Americans, not to the advantage of the Court of France & what gives some ground to suppose the report true, is, that Dr. Franklin has just received some dispatches from America, t... See More  

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673692

American government is broke... Huddy/Asgill Affair...

Item #673692

September 26, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 26, 1782 



* American Revolutionary War



Page 2 has news headed "America" mentions: "...lately sent to wheedle the Eastern provinces into a submission to the intolerable extractions of the Congress for the further support of their tyranny, are returned empty handed." Also a letter from New York: "People here in general talk muc... See More  

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673679

Peace with dishonor is not acceptable...

Item #673679

August 06, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 6, 1782 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




Page 4 has an interesting report which explains how the British soldiers  fighting in America are paid.

Page 5 has news headed: "America" with datelines from Charleston and Annapolis mentioning in part: "...in an excursion he made to Amelia twp. last week fell in ... See More  

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673672

Reflecting on Washington crossing the Delaware & the Battle of Trenton...

Item #673672

July 25, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 25, 1782  Page 2 has a report beginning: "So determined are the French to pursue their favorite plan of annihilating the British power in North America, & particularly to the capturing the British army in New York...to co-operate with General Washington towards the reduction of that important garrison...".

All of pg. 4 & a bit of pg. 5 ar... See More  

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673670

Ben Franklin and John Jay in Paris...

Item #673670

July 23, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1782 



* Revolutionary War era

* Benjamin Franklin & John Jay

* Treaty of Paris talks




Page 4 has letter No. III of: "A Brief Memorial Upon the American War...", which begins: "The Americans were the first in opening the campaign in 1777. Their army was collected toward the end of May at the camp at Middlebrook..." with a g... See More  

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673668

Independence of America will destroy the marine power of England... A plan for capturing General Greene...

Item #673668

July 18, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 18, 1782



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




Page 4 has a letter noting: "...urging the Councils of the State to give up to French & Congressional ambition the independence of American, and with it our best resources of commerce, wealth, and naval strength...For the wise maxims...of that Court...are 'that the independenc... See More  

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673660

An independent America, or a compromise with England?

Item #673660

June 13, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 13, 1782 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




Page 4 has a report  noting in part: "...There remained at present only one thing to be done in order to restore unity & harmony to the empire, and that was to move for the independence of America, upon the same principle that the independence of Ireland was ac... See More  

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673575

On Washington retiring from public life...

Item #673575

September 26, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 26, 1796  Page 3 has a nice report: "The Resignation of The President of the United States" which notes in part: "...is at length announced to us in form [was published in a Phila. newspaper on Sept. 17]...there is nothing we can say that will fully express the estimation in which his illustrious & important services a... See More  

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673465

Nice George Washington issue...

Item #673465

July 30, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 30, 1794 



* (2) President George Washington acts



The first column of the front page includes two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington, making this a nice issue for display. This title was one of only very few which printed Presidential documents with a script-type signature.

Four pages, various foxing, quite irre... See More  

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673451

News of the world from 1730...

Item #673451
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, June, 1730 



* 18th century original publication



This is an uncommon periodical published during the reign of King George II, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occurr... See More  

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673449

The King makes appointments for America...

Item #673449
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, April, 1730 



* 18th century original publication



This is an uncommon periodical published during the reign of King George II, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occur... See More  

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673447

News of the world from 1730...

Item #673447
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, February, 1729-30 



* Rare 18th century publication



This is an uncommon periodical published during the reign of King George II, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occ... See More  

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673446

News of the world from 1730...

Item #673446
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, January, 1729-30 



* 18th century original publication



This is an uncommon periodical published during the reign of King George II, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private ... See More  

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673445

Uncommon title from 1702...

Item #673445
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, December, 1702 



* Rare early 18th century publication



This is an uncommon periodical published during the reign of Queen Anne, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical, with the more extended title reading: "... Giving an Account of all the Publick and Private Occu... See More  

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673439

Treaty of Utrecht: Portugal and Spain...

Item #673439
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE: OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, April, 1715  A quite uncommon periodical title with the content being just as the title suggests--news & political reports from all corners of Europe including England. The back several pages are reports from England & Scotland.

Included is one of the several treaties of Utrecht which ended the Wa
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673433

Thomas Paine writes to George Washington...

Item #673433

June 01, 1797

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, June, 1797 



* Thomas Paine and George Washington



Includes an interesting article: "Inconsistencies in Thomas Paine's Writings Pointed Out" which is a letter taking over a full page, beginning: "I should not have troubled you with any remarks upon a letter, which made its appearance some months ago, addressed to George Washington,... See More  

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673374

Thomas Paine expelled from the National Convention of France...

Item #673374
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London,  August, 1794 



* 18th century vindication of Free-Masonry

* Thomas Paine kicked out of the French National Convention

* 18th century print of Arundel Castle




The most noteworthy content is a lengthy article on: "Proceedings of the National Convention in France" which includes: "...Thomas Paine, with all the other foreigners, wa... See More  

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673366

A family fends off two attacks by Indians...

Item #673366
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1792  Near the back is three-quarters of a page of news headed: "America" mostly taken up with a very detailed and exciting account of a family attacked by Indians, noting how the mother and children were able to fend off the invaders not once but twice. A few other bits as well.

Included are all 3 plates called for, one of which shows bot... See More  

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673309

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #673309

April 05, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of th
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673293

Hebrew customs...

Item #673293
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1739  One of the articles is headed: "Continuation  of the Dissertation begun in our Last Whether the Hebrews Borrow'd any Customs from the Heathens" which takes over 1 1/2 pages.

Another article has the: "Manifesto of the Catholick Majesty..."concerning a payment to the South Sea Tea Company.

Near the back is the... See More  

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673253

Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina... Cornwallis on the move...

Item #673253
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1781 



* Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina

* General Daniel Morgan victory

* American Revolutionary War




Inside has commentary on a recent publication titled: "Monody on Major Andre" which notes in part: "This mournful & interesting Eulogium, consecrated to the memory of Major Andre, with the zeal of a religious enthusiast to h... See More  

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673230

News of Cornwallis' surrender... Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Groton Heights...

Item #673230
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1781 



* Revolutionary War

* Cornwallis' surrender

* Gen. Benedict Arnold

* Battle of Groton Heights




Near the back is a section headed: "American News" which has a "Copy of a Letter from Brig. Gen. Arnold to his Excellency the Commander in Chief, dated Sound off Plumb Island, Sept. 8, 1781" which takes over an ent... See More  

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