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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.
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
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
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
April 06, 1780
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 6, 1780
* American Revolutionary War
* French troops & Quebec
The back page has a report which notes: "We are informed that there are accounts received in town within these few days from America which signify that Congress are in speedy expectation of a large body of French troops which are to co-operate with their army in attempting the c... See More
January 21, 1777
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Jan. 21, 1777 One brief note mentions: "...that a plan of operations for the next campaign in America has been laid before the Privy Council which has been approved of & proper orders will soon be sent for carrying the same into execution." (see photos)
The back page has an interesting article on the tactics of the colonists during the Revolutionary War, ... See More
January 22, 1794
DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 22, 1794 The front page is filled with ads, including 12 illustrated ship ads. Inside has various news of the day including reports from the "Congress of the United States".
Four pages, scattered foxing, nice condition.
March 30, 1780
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, March 30, 1780 A complete, 8 page newspaper and a very famous title with various news of the day, political reporting and many advertisements as well. I could find no references to the Revolutionary War in this issue, however there is much on events in Europe. Contains literary items, as well as politics, and perhaps a passing reference to the situation in America, etc.... See More
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
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.
February 18, 1777
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 18, 1777 Page 2 has a report from Commodare Peter Parker concerning his work in Rhode Island, including: "...the Continental fleet is in Providence River beyond our reach at present...the 18th December I retook the Betty transport..." with a list of the American ships taken & retaken by the British ships under command of Parker (see).... See More
January 21, 1777
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Jan. 21, 1777 One brief note mentions: "...that a plan of operations for the next campaign in America has been laid before the Privy Council which has been approved of & proper orders will soon be sent for carrying the same into execution." (see)
The back page has an interesting article on the tactics of the colonists during the Revolutionary War, which i... See More
August 23, 1770
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 23, 1770 Page 2 has a brief item from Charleston (see photos). Another page has an ad for: "American Lands" offering 35,000 acres: "...of choice land in the county of Albany & Province of New York..." with details (see photos). Another page has: "America" with a report from Philadelphia noting: "...parcel of English g... See More
December 13, 1781
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 13, 1781 The front page has 2 columns taken up with a letter: "To the People of Great Britain" much of which comments on the situation in America and the Revolutionary War. Nearly 4 pages of reports from the "House of Commons" also include some discussion of the American situation, one item noting: "...The illusion which had filled... See More
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
September 13, 1781
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 13, 1781 The front page has a report which includes: "From New York...we have a letter from a field officer...which says, 'Count Rochambeau having found the attack upon New York, as planned by Mr. Washington, to be impracticable, proposes to retire with his troops to Rhode Island. General Clinton will certainly attack Washington's lin... See More
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.
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.
July 10, 1770
THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, July 10, 1770 An inside page has a: "Extract of a Letter from Connecticut" concerning a vagrant in Danbury (see). Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, nice condition.
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
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
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
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
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.
Item #585531GENTLEMAN'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
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
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
December 14, 1779
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 14, 1779 The back page has a letter from New York to a friend in Savannah, Georgia, which includes in part: "...Here, with a body of 12,000 men, we do--nothing! The rebels are the only active people here; they lately, by a...well conducted plan, surprised Stoney Point fort...with about 600 men in it & commanded by Col. Johnston...about 40 were kil... See More
June 16, 1792
THE NEW YORK JOURNAL & PATRIOTIC REGISTER, June 16, 1792
* Franklin D. Roosevelt
* Great-great grandfather
Most of page 2 is taken up with various depositions concerning an election controversy in Otsego County, New York. Page 3 has a notice mentioning Isaac Roosevelt as "...the President of the Board of Board of Managers for the City Dispensary for the Relief for... See More
September 05, 1795
THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Sept. 5, 1795
* Early Northwest Territory
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
Item #584496THE 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
Item #584495THE 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
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
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
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
July 31, 1770
THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, July 31, 1770
* Tea tensions in America
* To Import or not
Inside has a great item headed "America" reporting on a meeting of merchants in New York to determine whether to continue with their non-importation policy given that England has repealed the tax on all goods except tea. Included is: "The Advertisement" noting the situat... See More
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
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.
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.
July 22, 1730
THE DAILY POST, London, July 22, 1730
* Rare 18th century title
One of the earliest daily newspapers to be found, and this issue has a partial red-inked tax stamp in the upper left corner of the front page. The front page has various news reports from throughout Europe plus a few ads, and the back page is entirely taken up with advertisements.
Complete as a single sheet newsp... See More
Item #582636THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, December, 1780 The issue begins with 7 pages of "Proceedings in the Last Parliament" which includes discussion of the Revolutionary War in America.
Near the back in the "Historical Chronicle" is a lengthy items concerning John Trumbull, son of the governor of Connecticut, with some talk of Franklin's grandson, etc. (see photos). A... See More
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
August 12, 1786
THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 12, 1786
* James Bowdoin proclamation
The ftpg. has "A Proclamation" by the governor of Mass. concerning attempts to find the arsonist responsible for the recent burning of the Fish Market.
Page 2 has: "Practical Lecture on Christian Charity, by a Jew". Various other news of the day with many ads as well, a fe... See More
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
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
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
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
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
April 13, 1791
DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 13, 1791 The front page features 16 illustrated ship ads making this a decorative newspaper. The ftpg. also had ad for "Isaac Franks, Stock and Exchange Broker..." with details. Franks was a noted Jewish financier.
Four pages, very nice condition.
Item #581373THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1780 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. An interesting variety of European news of the day, political reports, literary items & other unusual tidbits, all providing a flavor of what the British were reading in the midst of the R... See More
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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