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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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597046

One of the less common, early titles...

Item #597046

May 15, 1708

THE REHEARSAL, London, May 15, 1708 



* Rare 18th century title



A fine single sheet newspaper which lasted only 6 years. By Charles Leslie, considered a violent controversialist who was virtually inextinguishable. Content is discussion of various topics. Unusual & seldom found. 12 3/4 by 7 1/4 inches. Minor archival mend on the reverse, very nice condition.
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$38.00
596949

Commenting on Washington's Proclamation...

Item #596949

March 29, 1777

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 29, 1777  Page 2 has some Revolutionary War content including: "By a gentleman...from New York...informed...the first act of Mr. Washington's administration has proved rather an extraordinary one in consequence of his late proclamation as Lord Protector, one Mr. Brown wrote to him for leave to withdraw to New York; though such liberty had be... See More  

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596892

18th century London...

Item #596892

January 11, 1792

THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, Jan. 11, 1792  Page 2 has: "Treaty of Westphalia". The content within is almost entirely European. A red tax stamp on page 3, very nice condition.

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$18.00
596775

18th century York, England...

Item #596775

April 02, 1784

THE YORK CHRONICLE & GENERAL ADVERTISER, England, April 2, 1784  There are far more advertisements than news reports, but all the news is European, and mostly British.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, lightly inked tax stamp on the front page., very nice condition.

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$28.00
596747

Apprehending those guilty of high treason in America...

Item #596747

February 12, 1777

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Feb. 12, 1777 



* Revolutionary War



The front page has half a column taken up with: "An Account of the Spanish Settlements in South America", continued in a future issue. Page 2 has some talk in the House of Lords concerning a bill: "...to enable his Majesty to apprehend & secure all persons guilty of or suspected to be guilty of hi... See More  

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596595

Two documents signed by Sam Adams...

Item #596595

November 30, 1796

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Nov. 32, 1796   Yes, that's the date on the newspaper (see). Page 3 has an "Address" to the Mass. Senate & House, signed in type: Samuel Adams (see), and another "Resolve" by the Mass. legislature also signed: Samuel Adams.

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

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$43.00
596510

Critical of Boston failing to honor the Non-imporatation Agreement...

Item #596510

September 22, 1770

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 22, 1770 



* Non-importation agreement



The top of page 3 has an item headed: "Intelligence True & Extraordinary" which is a critical report on the Bostonians failing to hold to the non-importation agreement, noting: "There are now lying on the tales of New York Philadelphia, Virginia, Carolina...pamphlets containing an authentic lis... See More  

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596362

Need to unite on the non-importation issue...

Item #596362

October 18, 1770

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 18, 1770 



* Pre Revolutionary War tensions



Page 6 has reports headed "America" from Boston, Newport, Marblehead, Philadelphia & New York, including: "...Resolved, That we will adhere to & support the non-importation agreement...so long as a majority of the colonies who have entered into similar agreements shall adhere to & p... See More  

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596361

Breaking the non-importation agreement...

Item #596361

October 16, 1770

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 16, 1770  Page 6 has an: "Extract of a Letter from Charles-Town" [Charleston] which has several items, including: "...We have agreed to stop all commercial intercourse with New York on account of that province breaking the non-importation agreement, which we strictly adhere to..." (see).

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, great condit... See More  

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596058

Native Americans...

Item #596058

June 01, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1791 



* General Charles Scott

* Kentucky




Page 3 has an item noting: "...from Kentucky, informs us that Gen. Scott was about to march against the Indians..." with more (see photos). Page 3 also has a notice headed: "Dr. Franklin's Legacy" (see).

Four pages, a few very discrete archival... See More  

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595760

Nice 18th century masthead....

Item #595760

June 20, 1796

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, June 20, 1796  This newspaper has one of the more decorative mastheads of the 18th century (see). Page 3 has an interesting letter which begins: "The treaty lately negociated with Great Britain has been the means of destroying, effectually, the friendship which so happily subsisted between American and France..." with muc... See More  

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$58.00
595759

18th century Philadelphia....

Item #595759

February 03, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER--EXTRA, Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 1794  This is a single sheet "extra" edition, completely filled with: "Papers Relative To Great Britain, Being the Second Part of the Message of the President of the United States; Consisting of the Correspondence of Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Hammond, Mr. Pickney, etc." which is continued from an... See More  

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595481

1795 Massachusetts Spy....

Item #595481

November 25, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Nov. 25, 1795  A handsome masthead with ornate lettering. Inside has reports from Salem, Rutland, Vermont; Charleston, Philadelphia, London & elsewhere. Four pages, nice condition.

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$42.00
595459

18th century NYC....

Item #595459

May 13, 1797

THE WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, May 13, 1797  Although it does have some news of the day this is primarily a literary paper. The front page has; "The Dangers of Delay" and inside has: "Summary of Foreign Intelligence" along with reports datelined from Kingston, Jamaica, Charleston, New Providence, and Richmond.

Four pages, 9 1/2 by 12 inches, generally good.

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595223

Rare 18th century title....

Item #595223
THE UNIVERSAL SPECTATOR & WEEKLY JOURNAL, London, March 2, 1734  A very uncommon & early title we have only seen once in our 35+ years in this business. The four pages contain various news from London & elsewhere, plus letters and some advertisements which take up the entire back page. Measures about 10 by 13 1/2 inches, water staining & some foxing.

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595081

Concerns of the Virginians...

Item #595081

August 09, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 9, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War



Page 2 has a report: "A gentleman just arrived from Virginia, by the way of New York, says the distresses of the inhabitants of that province are hardly to be described; that many of the first families had not tasted a morsel of fresh meat for near two months...This intelligence seems to account suf... See More  

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595060

Isaac Franks... Jewish...

Item #595060

December 24, 1790

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Dec. 24, 1790  The ftpg. is taken up with ads. Pages 2 & 3 are mostly taken up with reports from the House of Representatives carrying over to page 3, which also has: "A Proclamation" by the governor of Pennsylvania.

The back page is filled with ads including one for noted Jewish financier Isaac Franks (see). Four pa... See More  

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595019

William Amherst..

Item #595019

December 30, 1762

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 30, 1762   An inside page has a very brief item headed: "America" and datelined from New York noting: "On Tuesday last Col. Amherst, Commander of the expedition to Newfoundland, arrived here on board the Enterprize, Capt. Houlton." (see).

Eight pages, nice condition.

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594946

Fate of those who evacuated Virginia...

Item #594946

April 22, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 22, 1780  Page 3  has: "...An Act of the General Assembly of Virginia" concerning the fate of those who left Virginia to reside in England or elsewhere: "...bona fide inhabitants there for at least one year at any time within four years next before the commencement of hostilities on the 19th of April, 1775 [Lexington & Con... See More  

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594939

Comfort with the conquered Carolinas...

Item #594939

February 12, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Feb. 12, 1780 



* Revolutionary War



Page 2 has: "So secure do government suppose themselves in th3e entire conquest & reduction of Carolina, that they have written letters to most of the principal gentlemen in England...who possess the most considerable property there, requesting them to return to the enjoyment of their estates & prom... See More  

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594932

Sad state of affairs in Virginia...

Item #594932

March 22, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 22, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War



Page 3 has a small item: "It is a matter of surprize that no accounts have yet arrived from America respecting the progress of the war there, or the real destination of the troops that have been embarked since December last from New  York; two expeditions were certainly intended; one to Carol... See More  

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594930

Georgia has left the American cause? John Paul Jones...

Item #594930

March 18, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 18, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War

* Georgia to leave the cause ?

* John Paul Jones




Page 2 has a report which includes: "...but New York is to be the grand point that is to be essayed. There is not a single line of battle ship now lying there & but one frigate; all the regulars & foreigners were drafted off for the expedi... See More  

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594924

Disgust with proceedings in America...

Item #594924

March 01, 1780

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 1, 1780 



* Revolutionary War



Page 3 has an item which includes: "North America continues in its usual unknown state, or rather incomprehensible state. We are fed with ideal exploits to be performed in the midst of winter by an army which did nothing all the summer!...it be destruction to our fleet & army embarked, & the leaving... See More  

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594757

War in the South... Chart of killed & disabled...

Item #594757
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, September, 1781  Near the beginning is the "List of the Men Killed or Disabled in the War" which includes various columns (see), with mentions of Howe, Carleton, Gage, Saratoga, and more (see). Also: "Summary of Proceedings in the last Session of the Last Parliament" includes some discussion of the Revolutionary War.

Also: "Concer... See More  

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594534

John Adams, Buonaparte, and the Whiskey Rebellion...

Item #594534

April 10, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 10, 1799  The front page has an address from the Grand Jury of Morris, N.J., to the President, and his gracious reply signed in type: John Adams. Page 2 has an address from the citizens and inhabitants of the Mississippi Territory to the President, and his gracious reply signed in type: John Adams.

Also in this issue are: "Buonaparte's Expe
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594497

Selling 18th century land in Philadelphia...

Item #594497

March 09, 1792

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 9, 1792  Page 2 has an illustration of "Thirty-Six Lots of Ground" to be sold in Philadelphia, bounded by Spruce, Madison, & Twelfth Streets, as well as Twenty-Feet Alley. Other news of the day and many ads, including a back page "War Department" notice signed by: H. Knox, Secretary at War.

Four pages, nice c... See More  

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594495

18th century Philadelphia....

Item #594495

March 07, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 7, 1794  Page 3 has an: "Extract of a Letter from the Island of Bermuda" plus various other news of the day. A large number of ads including 5 illustrated ship ads on the front page.

Four pages, light foxing, very nice condition.

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594434

A letter signed by John Jay...

Item #594434

April 05, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 5, 1779 



* Revolutionary War 

* John Jay letter
 



Page 2 has a letter from Congress, prefaced with a note of explanation signed in type by: John Jay, concerning disavowing a publication which appeared in the Penna. Packet newspaper (see photos). Also a report from the Boston Gazette that: "General Washington, upon application to ... See More  

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594338

The ship United States...

Item #594338
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1784  Near the back under "American News" is an extract from the Journals of Congress concerning papers provided to the ship United States, owned by James Moore & commanded by capt. Thomas Bell, that it: "...is of the United States of America...where the said James Moore shall arrive with his vessel and cargo, that they may please ... See More  

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594190

Describing the Hudson Bay region...

Item #594190

October 20, 1791

THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, Oct. 20, 1791  The back page has a nice, detailed article taking most of a column: "Description Of the Country Lying Round Hudson's Bay".

Four pages, nice condition.

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$32.00
594022

Three issues of a scarce American magazine...

Item #594022

July 27, 1792

THE AMERICAN APOLLO, Boston, a group of 3 early issues of this magazine: July 27, September 14 & 28, 1792. 



* Rare 18th century Massachusetts magazines



All being riddled with worm holes which render the issues damaged. Otherwise complete and never bound nor trimmed with a decorative engraving on the outer wrapper (see photos).

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593957

18th century America....

Item #593957

June 24, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 24, 1797  Inside has various news reports from both Europe & America, as well as news items from Congress. Pages 3 & 4 are mostly taken up with ads.

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

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593905

Details on the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle...

Item #593905
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE,  London, October, 1748  One of the better items in this issue is discussion of the proceedings at Aix la Chapelle towards the treaty that would end tthe War of the Austrian Succession in Europe. A bit further on is: "The Substance of the Articles of the Definitive Treaty of Peace" which takes over a full page.

Lacking the plate and map called for.... See More  

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593903

Early news from America...

Item #593903
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November,1748  The most significant content in this issue would be the "General & Definitive Treaty of Peace", more commonly known as the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle which ended the War of the Austrian Succession. This treaty takes five pages.

Other items in this issue are: "A Pulmonic Machine" with a print of it, appearing to be mu... See More  

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593710

On the Roberts & Carlisle treason... Discussion of the American war...

Item #593710
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1779



* Abraham Carlisle & John Roberts

* Treason trials - Revolutionary War




The first article: "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" takes ten pages and includes much talk of the on-going Revolutionary War, bits including: "...He enumerated a black catalogue of crimes committed by the leaders of the American rebe... See More  

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593600

Foldout plate of a castle...

Item #593600
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1770  Within this issue are 3 1/2 pages on: "A Curious Description of Dalkey and Its Seven Castles" which is accompanied by a foldout print of one of the castles. This print measures 8 by 10 inches & is in very nice condition (see). Also in this issue: "On the Disparity of the Language of N. and S. Wales" and much more.

Near the ... See More  

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592853

Death of Governor Increase Sumner...

Item #592853

June 08, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 8, 1799  All of pages 2 & 3 are black bordered in mourning rules because of the death of Massachusetts governor Increase Sumner reported at the top of page 2 with: "Grievous Mortality" which begins: "The painful talk has devolved on us to announce an event which...will not be read without the most painful regret. Yesterday died...to the unsp... See More  

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592640

Piracy...

Item #592640

October 17, 1793

THE STAR, London, Oct. 17, 1793  The top of page 2 has a report headed: "American States" which tells of charges of piracy leveled against three men (see). Four pages, nice red tax stamp on the front page, very nice condition.

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$25.00
592610

Carolinas & Georgia now support the King...

Item #592610

February 01, 1779

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, February 1, 1779 



* Rare Revolutionary War title

* North & South Carolina - Georgia support king ?




Page 2 has a letter from New York which notes: "It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the face of affairs seems to be changed; the two Carolinas & Georgia having revolted from the Congress, give fresh spirits to the friends of... See More  

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592340

Duel of Generals Lee and Clarkson... Washington at West Point...

Item #592340

December 03, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Dec. 3, 1779  Inside has: "...Our fleet and army at New York have had a happy escape from the vengeance D'Estaing pronounced against them...passenger...says that every thing was quiet when he came from New York excepting some little skirmishing in the back settlements...repulsing an attack on Long Island & making a descent in the Jersies where ... See More  

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$45.00
592292

A four page "Extra" issue...

Item #592292

May 19, 1798

CENTINEL EXTRA, (Boston), May 19, 1798  This is an uncommon 4 page "Extra" issue of the famous Columbian Centinel newspaper. Almost the entire issue it taken up with a lengthy document continued from the "regular" issue of Wednesday, concerning relations with France. Close-trimmed at the bottom of pages 2 & 3 cause some loss, otherwise in nice condition.

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592266

Justifying Memorial of the King of Great Britain...

Item #592266

November 05, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Nov. 5, 1779  The entire front page and half of page 2 are taken up with: "The Justifying Memorial of the King of Great Britain in answer to the Exposition of the Court of France" which relates in part to the French involvement in the Revolutionary War (see for portions).

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, nice condition.

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$36.00
592265

Frustration with lost reinforcements...

Item #592265

November 02, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Nov. 2, 1779  The entire front page and a bit of pg. 2 are taken up with: "The Justifying Memorial of the King of Great Britain in Answer to the Exposition of the Court of France". This lengthy piece concerning the French involvement in the Revolutionary War, a few bits noting in part: "...During the disputes that had arisen between Great Bri... See More  

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592263

Plans for a peace proposal... Rev. War...

Item #592263

October 22, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, October 22, 1779 



* Revolutionary War peace plan ? 



Page 3 has a report of some hope for peace in the Revolutionary War, headed: "Proposals for the final Settlement & Pacification of  the Troubles in America..." which includes 6 points as printed here, the first: "Required that commissioners be appointed to treat, consult,... See More  

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592256

British defeat in the South...

Item #592256

August 24, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Aug. 24, 1779  Most of the first column on the front page is taken up with a piece from the book of Genesis prefaced with: "The following beautiful Apologue in the Eastern stile was written by Dr. Franklin some years ago, with a view of reclaiming his countrymen in New England from that spirit of intolerance and religious persecution which were then so... See More  

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592255

How Virginia dealt with patriots & traitors...

Item #592255

August 20, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Aug. 20, 1779  Page 3 under "America" has a report from the Committee of the House of Delegates in Virginia, which includes: "...those inhabitants of this state who were beyond sea at the commencement of hostilities at Lexington, & have not since by overt acts adhered to the public enemy, ought still to be deemed citizens of this commonwe... See More  

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592230

From the Revolutionary War era...

Item #592230
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1779  A fine opportunity to purchase a magazine from during the Revolutionary War at a reasonable price, as I find almost no American content in this issue. At the back under the "Historical Chronicle" is mention that the New York, Quebec & Newfoundland fleets have set sail under the convoy of Admiral Arbuthnot. The balance of the news ... See More  

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$34.00
592044

Crushing the rebellion in the South...

Item #592044

March 30, 1781

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, March 30, 1781  Page 3 has: "The station his Majesty's forces have now taken in the southern colonies must be the means of entirely crushing the rebellion here, as it is impossible the rebels can have any communication with the north but by a round of several miles through swamps & other places as disadvantageous." (see) The rest of the co... See More  

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592043

Revolutionary War era....

Item #592043

March 09, 1781

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, March 9, 1781



* Uncommon title



A nice newspaper from the closing months of the Revolutionary War, however I find no American content. All the news reports seem to be European in focus. Many ads as well.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, nice condition.

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$27.00
591949

Terminating the "present commotions"...

Item #591949

June 04, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, June 4, 1779  Page 3 includes: "...The open assistance given by the natural rivals & enemies of Great Britain to the rebellious colonies of North America has united all ranks of men in zeal for the common cause. They rejoice in the success which attends your Majesty's arms...and they, trusting in the Almighty, look forward with the solicitude of good cit... See More  

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$38.00
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