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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688802

Trouble with Indians...

Item #688802

May 22, 1792

THE MAIL; OR CLAYPOOLE'S DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 22, 1792  The front page is filled with ads including  six illustrated ship ads. Page 2 has two reports concerning problems with the Indians.

Among the back page ads is an illus. one for John McAllister whips and canes.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, several creases, nice condition.

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$38.00
688796

Creating the town of Castine... Benedict Arnold...

Item #688796

March 02, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 2, 1796  The front page has a full column on the creation of the town of Castine, Maine, being an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature reading: "An ACT to divide the town of Penobscot into two distinct towns; and to incorporate the southerly part thereof into a town by the name of Castine." with the lengthy text, signed in type: Samuel Adams.

Keep ... See More  

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$42.00
688773

President Washington unites all patriotic hearts...

Item #688773

November 04, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 4, 1795  Page 2 has a report from Philadelphia noting: "The President has returned here from Mount Vernon. The reception he every where meets shews he unites in him all patriotic hearts...".

Four pages, scattered foxing, good condition.

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$42.00
688768

From during Washington's administration...

Item #688768

August 24, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Aug. 24, 1796 



* President George Washington era original



A very typical late 18th century American newspaper with a good mix of news reports of the day and advertisements. A fine opportunity for an early newspaper at a low price.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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$37.00
688762

Genuine London Gazette newspaper from 1700...

Item #688762

February 13, 1700

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Feb. 13, 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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$30.00
688744

A layout for a colonial town... Canton (Guangzhou), China...

Item #688744
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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$62.00
688743

Plan (print) for a colonial town... Canton (Guangzhou), China...

Item #688743
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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$87.00
688742

Troubles in America... A colonial town plan print...

Item #688742
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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$87.00
688741

An award in Ben Franklin's honor... Indians kidnap several colonists...

Item #688741
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1753  Of particular interest is: "Annual Medal of the Royal Society" which has Ben Franklin's name on it. There is related text noting: "...This mark of distinction is double due to Mr. Franklin. It is due to him as a philosopher; it is due to him as a man. The successful experiments of this philosopher have given us probable ... See More  

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$59.00
688690

Newspaper edited by the famed Jonathan Swift...

Item #688690

August 19, 1713

THE EXAMINER, London, Aug. 10, 1713 



* Rare 18th century publication



This editorial-format newspaper was edited by the famed Jonathan Swift at this time (of Gulliver's Travels fame), It promoted a Tory perspective on British politics, at a time when Queen Anne had replaced Whig ministers with Tories.

Complete as a single sheet newspaper as was typical of the day, 7 1/2 by 13 inches... See More  

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$56.00
688674

Two single sheet "Extra" issues from 1794...

Item #688674

December 03, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER EXTRA, Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 1794



* 18th century runaway slave ad



A single sheet "Extra" edition. The front page taken up with ads with a runaway slave ad headed: "Twenty Dollars Reward" (see)

Complete as a single sheet issue, never-trimmed margins, nice condition.... See More  

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$35.00
688649

18th century Baltimore... slaves advertisements...

Item #688649

November 10, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Nov. 10, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (8) slaves related advertisements




The full ftpg. is taken up with ads including 10 illustrated ship ads. Page 2 has 4 slavery related ads. And the back page has 4 more. (see)

Four pages, minor light foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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$52.00
688601

See the displayable front page from the 18th century...

Item #688601

June 08, 1721

THE POST-BOY, London, June 8, 1721



* Nice masthead engravings



One of my favorite 18th century newspapers with the two nice engravings in the masthead, plus the very decorative first letter in the text (see). Various European reports.

Single sheet, 8 1/2 by 14 1/8 inches, very nice, displayable condition.

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$32.00
688589

Fine content on the strained relationship between England and the American colonies...

Item #688589

March 03, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Mar. 3, 1775



* Very rare colonial Williamsburg

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions




This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.

Most of the front page is taken up with a detailed account he... See More  

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688555

18th century Baltimore...slave advertisements...

Item #688555

December 21, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Dec. 21, 1796 



* Rare 18th century American title

* (5) slaves related advertisements




The full ftpg. is taken up with ads including 5 illustrated ship ads & 4 slave related ads. The back page has another slave ad. (see) Also a land for sale for the Washington D.C. area.

Four pages, some light staining, minor margin wear, generally ... See More  

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$45.00
688535

Letters from Charleston, Jamaica, and Nova Scotia...

Item #688535
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1749  Over half a pg. has a: "Copy of a Letter from one of the Settlers in Nova Scotia dated Chebucto Harbour, July 28, 1749". Over half a pg. has: "Extracts of Some Letters from Carolina" datelined "Charles-Town" (Charleston) with news from that colony. There is also: "The Humble Address & Representati
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$55.00
688533

Battle of Oswego (the French account)...

Item #688533
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1756 



* Battle of Fort Oswego, New York

* French and Indian War

* Louis-Joseph de Montcalm




The primary content includes: "The French Account of the Taking of Oswego" which has over a full page of text with some great, detailed reporting of the battle. Historically very significant with a few points reading: "...on the 14th a b... See More  

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$98.00
688492

Boston newspaper with Loyalist leanings... Opinions on Massachusetts clergy re the Charter...

Item #688492

December 26, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, December 26, 1768  The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

All of pages 1 & 2 are taken up with a continued report on: "Voltaire on History". Page 3 has: "The Opinions of the Ministers of the colony of the Massachusetts...upon this question--Whether to Surrender the... See More  

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$155.00
688491

Would reject independence if offered... Regarding representation in Parliament...

Item #688491

April 04, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, April 4, 1768  Inside has most of a page taken up with a letter from the Speaker of the Mass. Assembly to one of the King's Secretaries of State, which includes: "...it seems to be conclusive that as those acts were made with the sole & express purpose of raising a revenue out of America, the subjects here are in those instances unfortunately ... See More  

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$182.00
688481

Discussions in Congress... Fraunces Tavern connection...

Item #688481

June 16, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, June 16, 1789 



* President George Washington

* Steward for his house advertisement




Page 2 has almost a full column of reporting of: "Congressional Intelligence" almost entirely taken up with: "...the amendments proposed by the senate to the bill for imposing duties on goods, wares, and merchandize imported into the United States."

On... See More  

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$93.00
688479

George Washington provides a patent...

Item #688479

June 17, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Maryland, June 17, 1796 



* President George Washington

* Patent signed in type

* Inventor Robert Dawson

* Improvement in bolting cloths




Page 4 has a document headed: "The United States of America...Letters Patent..." which is signed in type by the President: Go. Washington. The document notes a patent has been given to: &quo... See More  

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688478

George Washington provides a patent...

Item #688478

June 13, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Maryland, June 13, 1796  Page 2 has a document headed: "The United States of America...Letters Patent..." which is signed in type by the President: Go. Washington. The document notes a patent has been given to: "...Robert Dawson...of Delaware...hath alleged that he hath invented a new and useful improvement in bolting cloths...t... See More  

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$72.00
688473

Three documents signed by the President, George Washington...

Item #688473

June 22, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Maryland, June 22, 1796 



* President George Washington

* Three documents signed in type




Page 2 has a document headed: "The United States of America...Letters Patent..." which is signed in type by the President: Go. Washington. The document notes a patent has been given to: "...Robert Dawson...of Delaware...hath alleged th... See More  

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$96.00
688472

Washington signs an Act of Congress concerning the Whiskey Rebellion...

Item #688472

June 23, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Maryland, June 23, 1796  Page 2 has an: "ACT Making an Appropriation to Satisfy Certain demands attending the late Insurrection...", which provided money: "...to the discharge of certain incidental demands, occasioned by the trial of persons for crimes and offences during the late insurrection...", referring to the Whiskey ... See More  

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688468

Land for sale along the Potomac River...

Item #688468

April 28, 1796

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, April 30, 1796  The front page is filled with ads including 21 illustrated ship ads. Page 2 has much reporting from the "House of Representatives". The back page has an ad: "Land On the Potowmac River for Sale" with details.

Four pages, great condition.

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$43.00
688438

Handsome newspaper from 1794...

Item #688438

February 03, 1794

GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 1794 



* Rare 18th century American publication



Page 2 has over a column taken up with "Federal Legislature--Debate on Mr. Madison's Resolutions, continued". Pages 1 and 3 are taken up with ads and notices.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.... See More  

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$40.00
688389

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

Item #688389

July 06, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 6, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (5) runaway slave advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 12 illustrated ship ads and 2 slave related ads. (see) Pages 2,3 & 4 have another slavery related ad.

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, damp staining at a few areas, generally nice.... See More  

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688363

Signed by New York governor John Jay... 1798...

Item #688363

January 20, 1798

THE SPECTATOR, New York, Jan. 20, 1798 



* Governor John Jay

* His response to the New York Senate




The back page has the "Answer of the Senate of the State of New York to the Speech of...John Jay, Governor..." which is followed by his response, signed in type: John Jay.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, nice condition.... See More  

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$45.00
688362

1791 Daniel Mendoza... Jewish boxing...

Item #688362

June 03, 1791

THE WORLD, London, June 3, 1791 



* Daniel Mendoza vs. William Ward

* Jewish boxer - boxing  challenge




Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" "Ward and Mendoza" which is a report on the planned match between these two boxers, but it was stopped before it happened by the local magistrates. This was also very early in the charging of admission to attend and nice to have... See More  

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$65.00
688361

The situation with America... Report from Charleston...

Item #688361

August 04, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 4, 1779  



* American Revolutionary War

* Report from Charleston, South Carolina




A brief item on pg. 2 notes: "...an express was received from South Carolina that General Prevost had made himself master of Charlestown [Charleston] the 11th ult, which he had carried by assault." See images for more details.

Over half of the f... See More  

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$55.00
688310

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #688310

June 27, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 27, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication

* 3 runaway slave advertisements




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 o... See More  

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$62.00
688264

Horatio Nelson granted a title of baron for his victory on the Nile...

Item #688264

December 14, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Dec. 14, 1798 



* "Baron" Lord Horatio Nelson

* President John Adams




Page 2 begins with an: "Address To the President of  the United States" from the state of Vermont concerning the troubling relationship with France, followed by his: "Answer" signed: John Adams.

Page 2 also has some follow-up on the B... See More  

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$49.00
688263

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #688263

April 15, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 15, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page is entirely taken up with ads including one for a man wh... See More  

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$295.00
688180

Over 293 years old...

Item #688180

October 07, 1729

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Oct. 7, 1729



* 18th Century original

* Over 291 years old



This newspaper is 293 years old. Various news from London and other parts of Europe, with interesting advertisements as well.

This title is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the world which began in 1665 and is still in existence today. Complete as a single sheet, measuring ab
... See More  

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$32.00
688178

See the displayable front page from the 18th century...

Item #688178

June 18, 1720

THE POST-BOY, London, June 18, 1720



* Nice masthead engravings



One of my favorite 18th century newspapers with the two nice engravings in the masthead, plus the very decorative first letter in the text (see). Various European reports.

Single sheet, 8 1/2 by 14 1/8 inches, very nice, displayable condition.

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$35.00
687575

Americans need to produce their own goods... Creeks vs. Choctaws...

Item #687575

January 21, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Jan. 21, 1768  The front page has over half a column of reports headed: "America", carrying over to page 2, with datelines from Providence and Boston. The first report is on a call for a meeting to promote industry & manufacture so as to not depend as much on foreign imports due to the taxes. Another item mentions: "...that the inhabitants have ha... See More  

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687574

Marriage of Ben Franklin's daughter... Colonists distressed by duties..

Item #687574

January 19, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 19, 1768  Page 2 has a letter from Pittsburgh mentioning: "It is feared here that an Indian war will break out in the Spring...on an act of hostility committed by a party of Indians on their return to their settlements among the six nations, from an unsuccessful war in which they had been engaged with the Cherokees...they plundered & murdered ten of... See More  

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687498

The United States is selling land...

Item #687498

August 31, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 31, 1796  The front page begins with a nice document from the Secretary of the Treasury, Oliver Wolcott, concerning the sale of: "Lands of the United States" which are located: "...in the territory north-west of the river Ohio, and above the mouth of the Kentucky River..." with more detail.

Page 2 has a letter on the Napoleonic War signed ... See More  

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687497

Revisiting Revere's 'midnight ride' to Lexington & Concord...

Item #687497

December 05, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 5, 1795



* re. Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

* Battles of Lexington and Concord

* American Revolutionary War revisited




Period accounts of Paul Revere's legendary ride on the eve of the battle of Lexington and Concord are exceeding rare. The few we discovered over the past 46 years are exceedingly brief.

As Paul Revere was running for the vacated post ... See More  

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687495

George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, Sam Adams, Ben Franklin...

Item #687495

June 03, 1790

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR, THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, June 3, 1790  Over half of the front page is taken up with the continuation of: "An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimes Against the United States" and is signed in type by the President: George Washington, and the Vice President: John Adams.

It's always desirable to have a signature in type by President Washington ... See More  

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687491

Signed by President John Adams...

Item #687491

May 02, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 2, 1798 



* 18th century American publication



The back page has an: "Address to the President" from the merchants & traders of Philadelphia, with his response signed in type: John Adams.

Four pages, good condition.... See More  

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$55.00
687490

During George Washington's administration...

Item #687490

September 15, 1791

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY; OR, THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Sept. 15, 1791  





* Nice 18th century American publication

* President George Washington era




Here is a great "generic" issue of this famous newspaper from the first term of Washington's administration. Various news and ads of the day.

Four pages, handsome & decorative masthead, very nice condition.... See More  

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$42.00
687489

Letter from John Hancock...

Item #687489

October 13, 1791

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY; OR, THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Oct. 13, 1791



* Massachusetts Governor John Hancock



 Page 3 has a report concerning the collection of taxes, signed in type by the governor: John Hancock. Page 2 has a report on the: "Indian Expedition" of General Wilkinson.

Four pages, handsome & decorative masthead, great condition.... See More  

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$55.00
687480

Handsome Massachusetts-Bay lottery ticket, 1779...

Item #687480

January 18, 1779

Partly-printed "Massachusetts State Lottery, Class the First" bond dated at the top: January 18, 1779. The text notes the state promises "…to pay the Possessor of this note the sum of fifteen pounds by the first day of January, 1783…".

Nice vignette of a pine tree encircled by a rattlesnake engraved by Nathaniel Hurd. This bond was issued to pay the winners in th... See More  

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$448.00
687446

Rare title with pro-Loyalist leanings... Protests by unpaid war veterans...

Item #687446

July 02, 1783

THE ROYAL GAZETTE, New York, July 2, 1783  



* American Revolutionary War

* Extremely rare publication

* James Rivington




This is a case where the rarity of the title surpasses the content within. This was a Tory newspaper by the infamous James Rivington who was supportive of the British cause.

Rivington's initially impartial stance shifted as the revolution loomed and public opini... See More  

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$3,800.00
687435

Criticizing the Jay Treaty... Thanksgiving to the Most High...

Item #687435

November 18, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 18, 1795



* Criticizing the Jay Treaty



 The front page has a lengthy: "Address to the President Of the United States" with criticisms about the controversial Jay Treaty with England. It carries over to page 2 as well.

Page 3 has a brief note: "Peace is at length concluded between the United States and the Regency of Algiers...". Anoth... See More  

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$85.00
687424

Patriotic address to the French Canadians... The Cherry Valley Massacre...

Item #687424

December 31, 1778

THE NEW JERSEY GAZETTE, Trenton, Dec. 31, 1778 



* Cherry Valley Massacre - New York

* Rare Revolutionary War publication




Titles from New Jersey are very uncommon, particularly from the 18th century. Of greater significance is that this was the very first newspaper in New Jersey and this issue is from the year it began. This is the volume 1, number 56 issue.

Close to half of the front... See More  

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$1,125.00
687423

Putnam's account of the Battle of Horse Neck...

Item #687423

April 22, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, April 22, 1779  A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.

This issue is volume 1, number 6.

The front page begins with a letter concerning depreciation of Continental money, taking over two-thirds of the front page.

Page 2 has a note from an... See More  

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$1,695.00
687422

Great content on the Revolutionary War... Brandywine Creek... Chesapeake Bay....

Item #687422

February 14, 1778

THE PROVIDENCE GAZETTE and COUNTRY JOURNAL, Rhode Island, Feb. 14, 1778  Almost the entire front page is taken up with a report on the treatment of American captures by the British, with considerable detail.

It begins: "The following is an account of the treatment that the Continental officers, taken in the frigates Hancock and Fox, and lately returned from a six mon... See More  

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$625.00
687420

Great wealth of Revolutionary War content...

Item #687420

July 29, 1775

PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, July 29, 1775 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




Page 2 has an interesting report from London which includes: "My Lords, whatever has been done by the Americans, I must deem the more consequence of our unjust demands. They have come to you with fair argument, you have refused to hear them, they make the most... See More  

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$625.00
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