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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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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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$51.00
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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$63.00
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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$70.00
587817

Expecting the French to help take Quebec...

Item #587817

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  

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587812

Harassing the King's troops...

Item #587812

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  

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587795

1794 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...

Item #587795

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.

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587736

From the Revolutionary War era...

Item #587736

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  

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$25.00
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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$27.00
587319

Naval events and more...

Item #587319

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).

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587315

Harassing the King's troops...

Item #587315

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  

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587272

Breaking the non-importation agreement...

Item #587272

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  

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587208

Reflecting upon the war in America...

Item #587208

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  

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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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587111

Is there harmony among the troops?

Item #587111

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
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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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587047
Item #587047

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.

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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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585009

Events near New York...

Item #585009

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  

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584804

Franklin D. Roosevelt's great-great grandfather

Item #584804

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  

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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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$72.00
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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583746

To import or not to import... The tea issue...

Item #583746

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  

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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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$32.00
583187

Daily newspaper from 1730...

Item #583187

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  

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$43.00
582636

Cornwallis, Clinton, Charleston...

Item #582636
THE 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  

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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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582356

Proclamation by the governor...

Item #582356

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  

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$48.00
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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$28.00
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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$65.00
581442

Many ship ads... Judaica item...

Item #581442

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.

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$48.00
581373

From the Revolutionary War era...

Item #581373
THE 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  

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$29.00
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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$36.00
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