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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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666805

A displayable title... Much on the controversial Jay Treaty...

Item #666805

November 09, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Nov. 9, 1795 



* 18th century America

* Much on the Jay Treaty




Beyond having one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads of the 18th century, half of the front page is taken up with continued discussion headed: "Features on Mr. Jay's Treaty" with England, a very controversial document which was ultimately... See More  

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$47.00
666701

Creating the Mason-Dixon Line: map of America...

Item #666701
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1769



* Early America map

* Pennsylvania and Maryland

* Mason and Dixon Line creation




Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice full page map of the Chesapeake region showing parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and all of Delaware.

The inset in the lower right corner reads: "A Map of that Part of America wh... See More  

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$455.00
666679

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666679

January 01, 1746

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1746 



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...for granting to His Majesty several rates and duties upon coaches...".

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Thirty pages, 11 by 7 1/4 inches, nice condition.... See More  

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$18.50
666677

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666677

January 01, 1736

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1736 



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...to amend...a Act...entitled, An Act for the more effectual preventing Bribery and Corruption in the elections of members to serve in Parliament..."

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Four pages... See More  

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$17.00
666386

Stop by and visit the President...

Item #666386

April 03, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, April 3, 1799  Inside has: "Of Buonaparte and Egypt" "Invasion of Naples" as well as a report from the London Gazette which includes a letter signed by: Horatio Nelson, from on board his ship 'Vanguard'. Page 3 has: "Another Victory" and a report from Boston: "The PRESIDENT of the United States wil... See More  

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$23.50
666213

Nice map of Jamaica...

Item #666213
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1762  This magazine still has the full page plate of "A Map Of the Island of Jamaica" which shows much detail. This map measures 5 by 8 inches and has tiny binding holes above the top margin, not touching the map. There is also a report which relates to it titled: "Weak State of the Island of Jamaica".

There is also another art... See More  

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$62.50
665855

Building the frigate ''United States' is ahead of schedule...

Item #665855

September 14, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 14, 1796  Page 2 has a report noting: "The United States frigate, building in Southwark under the direction of Mr. Humphreys,  is in such a state of forwardness that it is probable she might be launched before the ensuing winter, should occasion require (We wish we could say as much of the Boston frigate)."

This was the frigate 'United Sta... See More  

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665596

From when Philadelphia was the temporary capital of the United States...

Item #665596

March 28, 1798

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, March 28, 1798 



* 18th century American publication



The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction.

All of the front page is taken up with advertisements including twelve illustrated ship ads. Page 2 has the latest reports from Congress.

Four pages... See More  

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$24.00
665538

Acts of Congress signed by Adams and Jefferson...

Item #665538

July 07, 1797

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, July 7, 1797  Headed with a great engraving of a heraldic eagle, page 2 has two Acts of Congress, each signed in type by the President and Vice President; John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Page 3 has a: "Message" to Congress concerning other nations infringing upon lands in North America.

Four pages, wide never-trimm... See More  

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$58.00
665528

A pirate ship captured...

Item #665528

November 08, 1797

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, Nov. 8, 1797  Over half of page 2 is taken up with "An Act of the British Parliament..." for putting into effect the controversial Jay Treaty with the United States (concluded in a future issue).

Page 3 has: "Glorious News" on the capture of a pirate ship which had captured American ships.

Four pages, wide... See More  

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$26.00
665518

John Adams & Sam Adams...

Item #665518

November 19, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 19, 1796 



* Textual sketch of the president



The front page has a biography of John Adams. Page 2 has a message addressed to the state legislature concerning the postponement of their adjournment "...to transact the business...respecting the elections of a President and Vice-President of the United States of America..." signed in typ
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$19.50
665509

Sam Adams signs an Act of the Mass. Legislature...

Item #665509

August 13, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 13, 1796  The entire first column on the front page is an Act by the Massachusetts Legislature which is signed in type by the governor; Samuel Adams.

Four pages, bit of light damp staining, good condition.

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$22.00
664351

John Jay...

Item #664351

August 29, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Aug. 29, 1798 



* 18th century America



Page 2 has a: "Reply" which is signed in type: John Jay. The back page has an Act of the Mass. legislature.

Four pages, various foxing throughout, otherwise good.... See More  

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$38.00
662990

Monroe is the ambassador to France...

Item #662990

November 12, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 12, 1794  The front page features a report from France on the introduction of "James Monroe" as the ambassador to that country, with his lengthy address to the French National Convention. Page 2 has: "The Mineral Waters of Saratoga in the State of New York" which takes over a full column.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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662920

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #662920

January 01, 1731

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1731 



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...That all proceedings in Courts of Justice, within that Part of Great Britain called England, and in the Court of Exchequer in Scotland, shall be in the English language."

A decorative document given the displayable ... See More  

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$38.00
662704

Curious little "newspaper"...

Item #662704

December 25, 1773

MANIFESTES DE MARCHANDISES D'ENTREE DANA LE PORT DE MARSEILLE, (France), December 25, 1773



* Curious little "newspaper"

* Pre revolutionary era from France




This is a very curious little newspaper, loosely translated to: "Manifest of Goods Imported at the Port of Marseille". Qualifies as a periodical as the issue carries a specific date. But there is no text, instead ... See More  

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661936

Curious little "newspaper"...

Item #661936

December 18, 1773

MANIFESTES DE MARCHANDISES D'ENTREE DANA LE PORT DE MARSEILLE, (France), December 18, 1773 



* Curious little "newspaper"

* Pre revolutionary era from France




This is a very curious little newspaper, loosely translated to: "Manifest of Goods Imported at the Port of Marseille". Qualifies as a periodical as the issue carries a specific date. But there is no text, in... See More  

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$28.00
660294

On General Gage in America...

Item #660294

November 01, 1782

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, November, 1782  Inside has an article: "Account of the Arrival of General Gage in America in the Year 1774, With the Proceedings of the Americans in Consequence of the Boston Port Bill Until the Appointment of a Congress".

Included is one of the two plates called for, a foldout (has wrinkles).

Complete in 48 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, one defective... See More  

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$35.00
660235

Very descriptive of St. Lucia...

Item #660235

April 01, 1782

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, April, 1782  Inside has over a full page article: "An Account of  the Island of St. Lucia" which is very descriptive. The accompanying map called for is lacking. The other plate called for is lacking as well.

Complete in 56 pages, 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, very nice condition.



Formatted very much like the Gentleman's Magazine but a much more s... See More  

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660208

Review of a book on the Revolutionary War...

Item #660208

September 01, 1781

LONDON MAGAZINE, England, September, 1781  Under Review Of Books" is one  for: "The Revolution of America", which begins: "A narrative of the origin and progress of the rupture between Great Britain and her colonies, written with extreme partiality to the colonists, condemning in every point of view the conduct of the British government & justifying France and Spa... See More  

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660197

On John Paul Jones... Reflections on the Revolutionary War...

Item #660197

August 01, 1780

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, August, 1780 



* John Paul Jones

* Revolutionary War




Just for all of us is an article: "On The Advantages & Amusement Derived from Newspapers" which takes nearly 2 pages. Also a great article on the famous naval hero John Paul Jones: "Anecdotes Of Paul Jones" .

There are several pages of "Parliamentary History" which inclu... See More  

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660188

Mentions the death of Captain James Cook in Hawaii...

Item #660188

January 01, 1780

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1780  The most notable content would be a report near the back concerning Captain James Cook's third voyage, beginning: "Capt. Clerke, of his majesty's sloop the Resolution...in the harbour of St. Peter and St. Paul Kamschatka...gives the melancholy account of the celebrated Capt. Cook, late commander of that sloop, with four of his private ... See More  

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659874

The battle at Peekskill...

Item #659874

May 13, 1777

THE LONDON EVENING POST, England, May 13, 1777  The ftpg. has a brief mention concerning Ben Franklin's efforts in Paris.

Page 2 begins with a report on the Battle at Peekskill, where the British destroyed a magazine of the Americans. This is followed by a letter from Lord Viscount Howe from New York, telling of his work in America.

Page 3 has additional reports from the Revolutionary W... See More  

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659873

Battle at Peekskill, New York...

Item #659873

May 10, 1777

THE LONDON EVENING POST, England, May 10, 1777  Page 3 begins with a lengthy account of the battle at the magazine facility at Peekskill, New York, with much detail provided.

Another war-related report taken from the "Royal American Gazette" newspaper from New York.

The back page has addition news on the Peekskill affair as shown in the photos.

Four pages, folio size, never-trimm... See More  

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$55.00
659534

Displayable plate... BRIDGE over Yarmouth Haven...

Item #659534
From the GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1771  The print is of "A Design for a BRIDGE over Yarmouth Haven Drawn by Mr. Samuel Bream". This is the print only, not the complete magazine, which would very nice framed. See photo for details.

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659531

Anti-Jacobite Creed... The importance of Nova Scotia...

Item #659531
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1748  The issue begins with an: "Extract of a Letter Giving an Account of a Survey of the N. West Coast of England..." with a small print on page 2 (see). Also in this issue: "Of the Invention of Shorthand" with a full page of characters of words (see); "An Anti-Jacobite's Creed, Alluding to Indiscriminate Charges in ... See More  

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$34.00
659368
Item #659368

January 13, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 13, 1796  Much of pages 2 and 3 are taken up with reports from discussions in Congress.

Various news of the day inside.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, good condition.

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657797

Virginia's historic religious freedom act...

Item #657797

January 01, 1787

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1787  Included is the notable: "Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, Passed in the Assembly of Virginia, in the beginning of the year 1786" which takes over a full page. The statute disestablished the Church of England in Virginia and guaranteed freedom of religion to people of all religious faiths, including Catholics and Jews as well a... See More  

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657796

A "seditious" paper arouses anger in New York... Ancient Temple at Winterborn Abbey...

Item #657796
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1768  Among the items in this issue are: "Ancient Temple at Winterborn Abbey" which includes an illustration; "On the Different Positions of the Great Occipital Aperture in man and Diverse Animals"; and much more. Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news reports of the day & which inclu... See More  

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$44.00
657795
Item #657795
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1766   Over half a page is taken up with: "American News" which has some interesting reports from Boston and elsewhere, with reference to: "...to the general assembly to make up the losses of the sufferers in the late unhappy times..." (see).

Other articles within issue include: "Oriental Fables, from the French&qu... See More  

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657794

Coalition of the American and West Indies' colonists...

Item #657794
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1766  Articles within this issue include: "Description of an Artificial Swan" "Account of a Journey Into Scotland" "An Address to the Annotators of the Bible" "Coalition of the American and W. Indian Colonists" and more.

Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has various news reports of th... See More  

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657760

Map of road from London to Berwick & York... Indians visit London...

Item #657760
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1766 Articles within this issue include: "...Act for Opening & establishing certain ports in the Islands of Jamaica and Dominica for the more free importation and exportation..." "On the Doctrine of Original Sin" 'An Improvement in Common Watches" which includes a print of the gears and workings of a watch (see), and mo... See More  

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$42.00
657753

Washington at Morristown... Action in the South...

Item #657753
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1780  The first article has "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" which includes discussion of the situation in America.

Near the back the "Historical Chronicle" has several items from America concerning the Revolutionary War, including a letter from New York which has: "...since Gen. Clinton's departure fr... See More  

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657751

Washington and Cornwallis in Virginia...

Item #657751
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, July, 1781  The "Historical Chronicle" begins with: "Plan for Putting an End to the American War & for Laying the Foundation of a Permanent Peace with the Thirteen Colonies". Another report has some good talk on military affairs in America including: "...Lord Cornwallis has entered Virginia; that a reinforcement has entered Chesape... See More  

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657747

Early submarine thoughts...

Item #657747
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, December, 1747 A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

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657569

A substitute for British tea... Letter to the ladies of North America...

Item #657569
THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, Jan. 4, 1768  (currently spelled Gloucester)  Page 2 has a report from Boston concerning the finding of "hyperion or Labrador tea" in the colonies, of special interest given the recent non-importation of tea from England.

Also an item noting: "By letters from Philadelphia we are credibly informed that a number of new buildings are going to ... See More  

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657564

Charleston residents warn against ship landing in their port... Funeral of the Duke of York...

Item #657564
THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, Nov. 9, 1767 



* Early Southern America report



(currently spelled Gloucester)  The ftpg. has most of the first column taken up with details of the  funeral of the Duke of York & Albany, younger bother to King George III. He died in Monaco while on a trip but was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Pages 2 & 3 contains letter from Charleston, on... See More  

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657561

A pestilence in Maryland spread by convicts from a prison ship....

Item #657561
THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, Oct. 12, 1767  (currently spelled Gloucester)  The ftpg. has a report headed: "America" with a dateline of "Annapolis, in Maryland, July 29" concerning an outbreak of: "...that horrid contagious distemper, commonly called the gaol [jail] fever...A casual visit...from one of the felons some time since imported in a convict ship comm... See More  

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$33.00
657558

Siege of Louisbourgh, Nova Scotia...

Item #657558

October 27, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Oct. 27, 1746 



* Siege of Louisbourg - French Canada

* War of the Austrian Succession

* King George's War




Pages 1 & 2 are mostly taken up with reports of the War of Austrian Succession.

Page 3 has reports on King George's War in North America, focused on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. One item mentions: "...landed some 1000 men with ... See More  

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657492

Lord Lovat is charged with high treason...

Item #657492

December 22, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Dec. 22, 1746 



* Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat

* Jacobite Rebellion conspirator




The bottom of the ftpg. has: "The Right Honourable the Lord Lovat is to be brought up to the House of Lords tomorrow to hear the Articles of Impeachment against him read."

And then page 2 begins with: "The Tenor of Lord Lovat's Impeachment" which... See More  

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657489

The King's proclamation for a day of fasting...

Item #657489

December 08, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Dec. 8, 1746  Nearly half of the front page is taken up with: "By the King, A PROCLAMATION For A General Fast", relating to the hardships of the on-going War of Austrian Succession.

Four pages, 8 by 10 inches, very nice condition.

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657481

The King's speech...

Item #657481

November 24, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Nov. 24, 1746 



* War of the Austrian Succession

* King George's War - speech




Over half of the front page is taken up with the speech of the King of England, mostly relating to recent events in the War of the Austrian Succession.

Four pages, 8 by 10 inches, very nice condition.... See More  

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657479

Reward offered for runaway seamen... Trials for the rebels from the Jacobite Rebellion...

Item #657479

November 17, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Nov. 17, 1746 



* Jacobite Rebellion rebels - trial



The front page has a list of various "rebel prisoners" from the Jacobite Rebellion, noting their trial. And page 3 has a report of an escaped prisoner: 'That William Ashley, who had  been confined in Dunsermline Prison as a Rebel, having in the night betwixt Thursday and Friday la... See More  

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$68.00
657477

Reward offered for runaway seamen...

Item #657477

November 13, 1746

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Nov. 13, 1746  The back page has an interesting notice offering a reward for the return of runaway seamen, issued by "Thomas Smith, Commander in Chief of all His Majesty's Ships..." noting in part: "Whereas it is become frequent with seamen belonging to His Majesty's ships & vessels to run away from them...I do hereby assure all ... See More  

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657335

Ancient coins, the violin (or viola), the moon...

From during the French & Indian War...

Item #657335
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1757  A very nice magazine from during the French & Indian War from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 190... See More  

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$36.00
657332

Coal mine fires...

Item #657332
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1747 (does not include the map of Maastricht, The Netherlands - and priced as such)

Nearly five pages are taken up with a list of recently elected members to Parliament. A full page is taken up with "A Letter on the Late Rebellion", referring to the Jacobite Rebellion (see for portions).

Two pages are taken up with a: "List of Ships
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$28.00
657330

Census report from New Jersey...

Item #657330
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1749  Nearly a full page is taken up with charts showing the population of New Jersey in 1738 and 1745. Included among the columns are those labeled: "Male Slaves" "Female Slaves" and "Total of Slaves" (see). There is also a chart of those: "Buried in the several Burying Grounds of Philadelphia", column
... See More  

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$39.00
656790

Nice account of the Battle of the Wabash...

Item #656790

February 01, 1792

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1792  Among the articles are: "Hardy's Translation of the Epistle to the Hebrews" "Publications Relative to the Relief of Roman Catholicks" "Insurrection of the Negroes in St. Domingo" which takes  nearly 4 pages; "Probable Consequences of the Revolution in France" "Proceedings of the National As... See More  

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656765

Reward for capturing privateers off Cape Henlopen and Long Island... Battle at Fontenoy...

Item #656765
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, June, 1745  There is a half page headed: "Plantation News" with reports from Boston, New York, and Jamaica. The New York report notes offer of a reward: "...to all privateers who shall take or destroy any enemy's privateer on their coast between Cape Henlopen and the east end of Long Island...".

Among many articles in
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$42.00
656567

A trial for sedition... Saluting Washington's home...

Item #656567

October 31, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Oct. 31, 1798  The front page has: "Trial of Matthew Lyon for Sedition". Also on the ftpg: "More  Electioneering ! " Page 3 has a report from Alexandria: "Protection to Commerce, Combined with Patriotism" concerning a ship which fired an honor salute as it passed Washington's home at Mt. Vernon, etc.&n... See More  

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$39.00
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