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Newspapers from the 1700s

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591927

General John Burgoyne...

Item #591927

May 25, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, May 25, 1779  Most of page 2 is taken up with further discussions in the House of Commons on the conduct of General Howe. Page 3 has from the "House of Commons: "General Burgoyne rose and recapitulated the whole of the American war in which he had been concerned...". An update notes: "...from Virginia...brings advice that nothing had yet... See More  

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591924

Reflecting upon the events of the on-going war...

Item #591924

May 14, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, May 14, 1779 



* Rare Revolutionary War era title



Inside has a lengthy discussion in the "House of Commons" concerning the actions of General Grey and Howe in the Revolutionary War, bits including: "...That the southern expedition was the only effectual diversion of Gen. Washington's army in favour of our northern forces...harassed b... See More  

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591745
Item #591745

January 15, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Jan. 15, 1779  Although from the middle of the Revolutionary War I find very little--if any--reference to it, this issue filled primarily with European reports. Complete in 8 pages, measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches, light wear to folds, generally nice condition.

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591744
Item #591744

January 12, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Jan. 12, 1779  Although from the middle of the Revolutionary War I find very little--if any--reference to it, this issue filled primarily with European reports. Complete in 8 pages plus also included is the single page "Supplement" issue. Measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches, light wear to folds, generally nice condition.

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591619

If England would agree to the independence of America...

Item #591619

November 16, 1780

THE GLASGOW MERCURY, Scotland, Nov. 16, 1780 



* Independence of America question

* Revolutionary War




A quote from the House of Commons report notes: "...He had said that if Parliament would agree to acknowledge the independence of America, we might begin a treaty to-morrow...Lord George Germaine said...that if we were inclined to acknowledge the independence of America, we might b... See More  

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591473

Mention of "The Pretender"...

The Count of Albany's death report... woodcut ad...

Item #591473

March 09, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Edinburgh, March 9, 1784 Within this issue is a report of the death of the Count of Albany, which makes reference to The Pretender.  Also included is a decorative woodcut ad for "Improved Milk of Roses".  News of the day with period advertising are present throughout.  Measures approximately 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, complete in 8 pages, in good con... See More  

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591472

Detecting conterfeit gold... a King's patent woodcut...

Item #591472

December 01, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, London, December 1, 1757  Within this issue is an ad for an instrument which helps detect fraudulent/counterfeit gold, which includes a nice illustrated woodcut of the patent for the device: "Bradford Darby & Hull's - by The Kings Patent".  News of the day with reports from throughout the world along with period advertising are present throughout.&... See More  

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590718

Short-lived 18th century Boston magazine...

Item #590718
THE AMERICAN APOLLO, Boston, July 13, 1792  A 20 page magazine featuring a large engraving on the front page.

Near the back is the "American Intelligence" with various news reports, including datelines of Quebec, Kingston, Jamaica; Philadelphia, Albany, New York, Boston, and Niagara, the latter having a descriptive article on Niagara Falls.

A scarce periodical which lasted but 39 ... See More  

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590354

The sport of boxing in 1790...

Item #590354

October 30, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, October 30, 1790  Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" which is a very early report of the sport (see photos). Other items including a page 3 article on: "Duelling", "King of France's Demand", "the Art of Joking", "King of Sweden" and other items.

Complete in 4 pages, never-trimmed margins, great condition. The back... See More  

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590329

Unique and rare title...

Item #590329

May 05, 1794

THE SALISBURY AND WINCHESTER JOURNAL, Salisbury, England, May 5, 1794 This issue is mostly taken up with ads but there are various news and war reports scattered throughout.



This is complete in four pages with slight discoloration along the left spine, untrimmed and in very good condition.

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590311

Declaration of war... unusual obituary...

Item #590311

February 12, 1793

THE STAR, London, February 12, 1793  This features a decorative masthead. On page two under the heading of "British Parliament" is a heading "Declaration of War Against France" in which Lord Grenville brought the message from the King "...directed acts of hostility to be committed against the persons and property of his Majesty's subjects, in breach of the law of ... See More  

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589492

Debating who will replace the President...

Item #589492

March 07, 1792

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, March 7, 1792



* Presidential Succession Act of 1792



The "Vacancy Bill" on pg. 2 says the Senate agreed to all the amendments, except one, regarding what officer should act as President in case of a double vacancy. It further states that the one amendment was receded and that: "The Bill now provides that the President of the Senate, pr... See More  

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588494

John Paul Jones... Revolutionary War...

Item #588494

April 16, 1781

ARIS'S BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, England, April 16, 1781  Page 2 has mention of the noted John Paul Jones, with: "Paul Jones arrived at Philadelphia the first of March with only a single frigate. It is said he brought some very important news which had not transpired..." and further on is a note from St. Eustatia: "The Americans that fled to the woods & attempted to make a st... See More  

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587975

Plight of prisoners... Events at Skenesboro & St. Augustine, Florida...

Item #587975

September 02, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 2, 1777  Page 2 has various content on the Revolutionary War including: "In America matters bear the aspect of being speedily brought to an issue. Ticonderoga is already in our possession, which is the key of all internal communication through the revolted colonies." and another item tells of the plight of prisoners with: "Sir, hard as my
... See More  

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587909

Rare title from London...

Item #587909

November 24, 1772

THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL OR UNIVERSAL EVENING POST, London, November 24, 1772  News reports from various places in Europe, with the back page having an item concerning crops in America.

Four pages, folio size, partial red tax stamp at the bottom of page 1, very nice condition.

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587845

Talk of John Paul Jones...

Item #587845

June 10, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 10, 1780  Inside has a brief item concerning John Paul Jones, with a dateline of Paris and mentioning: "The celebrated Paul Jones is to sail from L'Orient with one frigate and three large privateers. He will carry back the Bostonians who have arrived here from Denmark within these eight or ten days. This intrepid Mariner must be highly gratified wi... See More  

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587837

Critical of action in the war... Fall of Charleston...

Item #587837

May 23, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 23, 1780  Page 2 includes a report that: "...certainly various accounts in tow from very respectable quarters, all of which confirm Sir Henry Clinton's taking Charlestown [Charleston] by storm on the 7th of April after a great slaughter on both sides..." (see).

Fully 1 1/3 pages are taken up with "Letter V to the Right Hon. Lord Viscount ... See More  

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587827

News on the Revolutionary War...

Item #587827

April 27, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 27, 1780 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century America

* From The Enemy




Near the back is a column headed "America" with news taking over half the page & which includes: "Last Tues. night a party of the British troops embarked...they landed on the east side & surprised a body of the rebel troops, 34 of which were made priso... See More  

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587695

A short-lived title 18th century title...

Item #587695

January 01, 1753

THE ADVENTURER, London, England, 1753



* Rare 18th century title



An uncommon essay-format bi-weekly newspaper addressed specifically to men, containing six pages & lasting only for 17 months from 1752 to 1753. While each issue varies, common contributors included John Hawkesworth and Samuel Johnson.



A decorative embellishment at the top of the front page is present on each issue. ... See More  

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587525

1799 New York City....

Item #587525

June 01, 1799

WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, June 1, 1799  Mostly taken up with literary items but page 3 does have some news items both from American and Europe. Four pages, water staining at the spine, 9 1/4 by 11 3/4 inches, generally good.

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587189

Naval content from the Revolutionary War....

Item #587189

October 11, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 11, 1781  Inside has a letter from New York which gives details of a naval battle, noting in part: "....the 29th of June we fell in with a rebel privateer of 22 guns...who engaged us for 3 hours and 20 minutes...The engagement was so excessively hot that for three quarters of an hour the muzzles of her guns & ours rubbed one another. We received so... See More  

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587050

1773 Edinburgh, Scotland....

Item #587050

March 31, 1773

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 31, 1773  Page 2 has a section headed: "America" with a New York dateline, concerning a naval encounter with Indians (see).

Four pages, light dirtiness to the ftpg., folio size, nice condition.

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587049

News from Albany...

Item #587049

August 19, 1772

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 19, 1772  Page 2 has a piece headed: "America" from Albany with a story of a brave rescue of a child from falling overboard from a ship (see).

Four pages, folio size, nice condition.

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587016

Proclamations by British officers...

Item #587016

August 21, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 21, 1781  Much of the front page is taken up with naval reports from the Caribbean. Page 4 has a nice document from Charleston signed in type by both: Rawdon and N. Balfour, in which they note: "...attention to the general security of the province has obliged his Majesty's troops...to relinquish some of the upper parts of it...unnecessary for us to... See More  

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586957

Benedict Arnold... Victory at Camden...

Item #586957

August 04, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 4, 1781  Page 2 has a report which includes: "...that since some of Washington's letters were intercepted, discovering the intention of his army in conjunction with the French troops on Long Island to attack Gen. Clinton, a misunderstanding has taken place between Washington and the French General Rochambeau, which is expected will be of more good ... See More  

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586734

Sam Adams... Building the frigate United States...

Item #586734

August 03, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, August 3, 1796  The first column on the front page has an Act of the Mass. Legislature signed in type by: Samuel Adams. Page 2 has: "French Victory on the Rhine" concerning Buonaparte. Also: "Intercourse With Canada". Also a brief yet notable report from Philadelphia: "The building of the United States Frigate, now constructing in Southwark... See More  

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586322

Supporting the Non-Importation agreement...

Item #586322

July 21, 1770

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 21, 1770



* Non-Importation agreement support



The front page has an item headed "America" with a Boston dateline, noting in part: "....sense of our merchants, traders, etc. respecting the non-importation agreement, as meeting was called the day following at Faneuil Hall...it was voted almost unanimously that we would still strictly adhere to ... See More  

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585977

1784 York England...

Item #585977

March 26, 1784

THE YORK CHRONICLE & GENERAL ADVERTISER, England, March 26, 1784 



* Rare British title



Various news & ads of the day in this uncommon title. Folio size, 4 pages, never bound nor trimmed, red tax stamp on the front page.

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585531

Map of Germany... French & Indian War...

Item #585531
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1760 



* Battle of Quebec

* Map of the war in Germany

* French and Indian War




A feature of this issue is the "French Account of the Raising the Siege of Quebec" which takes over half a page (see for portions). There is also: "A Description of a Water Mill of a New Construction..." for grinding sugar cane in Jamaica, which in... See More  

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585508

From colonial Boston...

Item #585508

May 16, 1768

SUPPLEMENT TO THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, May 16, 1768  The front page is taken up with a wide variety of news reports from London including one item noting: "...the colony agents have orders...to obtain an act of Parliament for the encouragement of the  linen manufactury in North America...". An inside page has reports from "Boston" including: "...considering them too... See More  

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585440

Early reports on the fall of Charleston to the British...

Item #585440

May 23, 1780

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, May 23, 1780  Page 2 has: "...from the force carried out with Sir Henry Clinton to South Carolina, there is room to entertain the most favourable hopes of the success of his enterprise. With Sir Henry Clinton, from New York, went 7500 men..." with more (see photos). Elsewhere is: "...a letter from an Officer on board the brig Hawke off Staten... See More  

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584580

A census of the Western Territory...

Item #584580

September 05, 1795

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Sept. 5, 1795



* Early Northwest Territory

* Ohio




All of pages 1 & 2 are taken up with the: "Plan of a Constitution for the French Republic, continued". Pg. 3 has a report that the governor of Penna. has prohibited all trade with New York and Norfolk due to a contagion. Also that "An enumeration of the inhabitants in the We... See More  

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584496

On the Roberts & Carlisle treason...

Item #584496
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1779



* Discussion of the American 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 rebellion against his Majesty's loy... See More  

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584495

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

Item #584495
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1779  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 rebellion against his Majesty's loyal subjects in that country..." and ... See More  

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583989

From England: The colonies are necessary...

Item #583989

October 28, 1779

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 28, 1779  Nearly two pages are taken up with: "Further thoughts on the Present  Posture of Affairs..." which has as its premise: "The two great parties into which this kingdom is unhappily divided can agree in nothing but in maintaining & propagating one grand & capital mistake relative to the welfare of this nation: That colonie... See More  

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583782

Much on the Mississippi...

Item #583782

August 29, 1772

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 29, 1772 



* Early Mississippi & Ohio Rivers



Page 2 has a report which includes: "...The public, in the various conversations which have arisen on the subject of the new settlement in North America, generally confound the Mississippi with the Ohio; whereas the two rivers are very distinct; the first is capable of admitting the larges... See More  

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583755

News from America...

Item #583755

September 13, 1773

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Sept. 13, 1773 



* Native American Indians



Page 2 has a full column of reporting under "America" with reports from Charleston with much on the situation with the Cherokee & Creek Indians, and also bits noting: "...vessels belonging to Rhode Island...carried into New Providence are, we hear, both condemned. One of them had 18 ch... See More  

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583332

The King receives a threatening letter...

Item #583332

June 17, 1777

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 17, 1777  The front page carries an article in which the King received an anonymous threatening letter which was found near the house of Colonel Crawfurd. The letter was published (which contained the actual spelling) and a reward was established to be paid upon the conviction of any one or more of the offenders.



This is complete in four pages, contains a ... See More  

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583201

Helena Barclay death....

Item #583201

November 12, 1796

THE WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, Nov. 12, 1796  Although mostly literary item, page 3 is mostly taken up with news reports, including a black-bordered report of the death of Helena Barclay. Four pages, 9 1/2 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

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583188

Rare British title...

Item #583188

December 02, 1786

THE WESTMINSTER JOURNAL & LONDON POLITICAL MISCELLANY, England, Dec. 2, 1786 



* Rare 18th century title



The entire 4 pages are taken up with items from Europe, mostly of a political nature. Two engravings in the masthead, folio size, archival strengthening at the spine, generally nice.

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582604

Signed by President John Adams...

Item #582604

June 13, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 13, 1798 



* President John Adams

* 18th century American title




Part of the front page has "Proceedings of the Columbian Federal Congress", carrying over to page 2. Pg. 2 has a lengthy: "Speech" to the Mass. Legislature signed in type by the governor: Increase Sumner. Pg. 3 has a brie... See More  

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582086

Value of the Ohio River...

Item #582086

August 24, 1772

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 24, 1772 



* Ohio River value ?

* Pre Rev. War era




Page 3 has a paragraph noting: "The Ohio, though a very extensive river of North America...is cut off from all possible intercourse with a foreign commerce & has no connection whatever with the sea..." and a bit more (see photos). Four pages, folio size, red ink tax ... See More  

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581960

Analyzing the work of General Howe in America...

Item #581960

March 09, 1780

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 9, 1780 



* General William Howe

* Revolutionary War from the enemy




Most of a page is taken up with a letter signed: "Americanus" which is critical in the efforts of General Howe during his leadership in war effort in America, headed: "To the Right Hon. Lord H--e" (brother of the general), which has near the beginning: "In th... See More  

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581942

Holding to the non-importation agreement...

Item #581942

August 28, 1770

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Aug. 28, 1770  Inside under: "AMERICA, Philadelphia" is a report of: "...English goods arrived here...which were purchased by two shopkeepers...contrary to the non-importation agreement; upon which the committee of merchants sent for them & represented the impropriety of their conduct, which they readily acknowledged & the good were i... See More  

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581941

Nova Scotia described...

Item #581941

December 31, 1773

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, December 31, 1773 



* Early Nova Scotia description



Inside has: "...a Letter from a gentleman who emigrated from Scotland...dated Nova Scotia, Fort Cumberland..." which is very descriptive of Halifax and the vicinity (see photos). Other news of the day throughout including various ads. Eight pages, some dirtiness, more so at the folds, measur... See More  

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581774

Three issues from the Revolutionary War...

Item #581774

January 16, 1779

* Lot of 3 issues

* Revolutionary War Era




Three Revolutionary War era newspapers from England but I find no content concerning the War worthy of being written up. Sold as a group of three issues offering a flavor of reporting from the war period. Two are the London Chronicle of May 29 and January 16, 1779; the third is The York Courant of February 15, 1780. All are complete, nice condition, &a... See More  

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581373

From the Revolutionary War era...

Item #581373
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1780  One report notes: "The assembly of Pennsylvania have fallen upon a new mode of distressing the friends of this country resident among them by obliging persons to take the oaths of allegiance or affirmation of fidelity to the state, & to take a certificate of the same, which certificate they are to produce or be liable to such f... See More  

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581240

Mr. Pitt... Ornate masthead...

Item #581240

April 14, 1766

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, Glocester, April 14, 1766  The second page of this issue has a report "Mr. Pit [the elder], having taken a house at Bath for seven years, proposes to spend the remainder of his time either at Bath or at his seat in the west; so that the report of his being created a Peer, and that of his coming into the Ministry, seems without foundation."  There are nume... See More  

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581074

The health of the King is of concern... Busy pirates...

Item #581074

December 11, 1788

THE MORNING CHRONICLE, AND LONDON ADVERTISER, England, December 11, 1788  The front page of this issue begins a lengthy report "Morning Chronicle, London, December 11, Parliamentary Intelligence, House of Commons, His Majesty's Illness - Important Constitutional Discussions". "the Chancellor of the Exchequer appearing at the Bar with the Report of the committee, 'appoin... See More  

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579451

Just after the Revolutionary War...

Item #579451
THE EUROPEAN MAGAZINE, London, April, 1782  Certainly one of the less common titles from the 18th century, formatted much like the more popular "Gentleman's  Magazine". This was the first year of its existence, and it would publish until 1826. The first article is: "Anecdotes of His Excellency the Duke  of Portland..." which includes a full page plate of him ... See More  

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