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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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668900

Concerning the XYZ Affair... William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #668900

March 06, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 6, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American title



Page 2 has a letter from the President to Congress concerning XYZ Affair with France that would lead to the Quasi War. It includes several letters relating to the situation, one signed by the 3 American commissioners: Pinckney, Marshall, and Gerry.

This was William Cobbett's important and contr... See More  

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668896

The President's message to Congress... William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #668896

March 20, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 20, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American publication



Page 2 has a lengthy address from the President to Congress concerning on-going troubles with France, signed in type: John Adams.

This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrot... See More  

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668894

William Cobbett's famous newspaper... An Act and letter from John Adams...

Item #668894

July 11, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, July 11, 1798  This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment.

Page 2 has a very... See More  

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668892

Rhode Island & the Constitution....

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July 03, 1790

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, July 3, 1790 



* re. United States Constitution



Business from the House of Representatives begins on the front page and on page 2 is mention that: "...A Message was received from the President of the United States, with a copy of an Act of the Legislature of the State of Rhode Island, for ratifying certain articles of amendment to
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668852

French & Indian War news...

Item #668852

March 15, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 15, 1757  Page 6 has half a column headed: "America" which is a: "Letter from an Officer of Lord John Murray's Regiment, dated Schenectady". This has some nice content on the French & Indian War, & includes: "...we were ordered to join the regiment at Albany, from which place the New-Englanders had gone up to attack Cro... See More  

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668796

The Battle of New York with a Revolutionary War map...

Item #668796
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT, London, for the year 1776  



* Battle of Long Island, New York

* American Revolutionary War

* General William Howe victory




A very nice "Supplement" issue to this popular magazine from during the Revolutionary War.

This 28 page magazine features a great & lengthy account of the Battle of New York signed in type by: W. Howe which t... See More  

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668776

North Carolina honors Washington upon his retirement... LaFayette...

Item #668776

February 22, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 22, 1797 



* President George Washington

* End of his illustrious career




A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 3 has an article: "Marquis De La Fayette" which is a report on him. This is followed by an: "Address of the Legislature of the Stat... See More  

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668768

Governor Sam Adams address the state...

Item #668768

January 08, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 3 has a lengthy: "Address" to the people of Massachusetts, headed: "Governor's Speech" and signed in type by: Samuel Adams.

Page 3 has a lengthy letter signed by Buonaparte concerning his mil... See More  

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668765

Franklin's gift to Washington...

Item #668765

January 08, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 3 has a report above the name "Franklin" noting: "My fine crab-tree walking stock with a gold head, curiously wrought, in the form of the Cap of Liberty I give to my friend and the friend of Mankind, G... See More  

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668764

North Carolina on Washington's decision to retire...

Item #668764

January 09, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Jan. 9, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 2 has the: "Address of the legislature of  the state of North Carolina to his excellency George Washington, Esq. President of the United States" concerning Washington's intention to retire from off... See More  

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668756

Maryland needs to ratify the Constitution...

Item #668756

April 15, 1788

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 15, 1788 



* United States Constitution

* Maryland considers ratifying




Page 3 has a report from Providence that Rhode Island is making some steps towards considering the new Constitution. A report from Baltimore notes the votes for two members to represent the city in the convention at Annapolis to: "...decide on the N... See More  

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668752

New York and New Hampshire work towards ratifying the Constitution...

Item #668752

March 08, 1788

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 8, 1788 



* United States Constitution

* NY and NH ratification ?




Pages 2 and 3 contain some nice reporting on discussions within New York and New Hampshire on work towards ratifying the proposed Constitution.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some loss at the bottom margins but not close to any text, minor margin w... See More  

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668740

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668740

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

All of page 2 is taken up with documents relating ... See More  

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668739

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668739

December 20, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Dec. 20, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 2 has much reporting from Congress. Pate 3 ha... See More  

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668738

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668738

November 11, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 3 has a chart of election results for Preside... See More  

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668737

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668737

October 28, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Oct. 28, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 3 has reports on the Napoleonic War in Europe... See More  

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668735

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668735

November 18, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Nov. 18, 1796 



* Rare 18th century American publication



A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Pag... See More  

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668662

Rare print of a manned, Hawaiian canoe... Much on General Greene in the Revolutionary War...

Item #668662
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1784  The issue begins with a description of a medal created in honor of the late Capt. Cook and which is accompanied by a plate of it.

The front page also has an article: "Canoe of the Sandwich Islands Described (which is Hawaii), also accompanied by a great foldout plate, more typically lacking.

Another article of interest is: "Memoirs... See More  

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668655

Print of a New Jersey colonial coin...

Item #668655
SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1787 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. 



* Colonial New Jersey copper coin



Within this supplement issue, published at the end of the year, is a full page print of various coins, one of which is the Nova Cesarea New Jersey colonial coin dated 1786, with a very brief note on it on the following page: "Fig. 6 is sent us for decyphering as a supposed America... See More  

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668638

Selling land in the Northwest Territory...

Item #668638

September 06, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York Sept. 6, 1796  The back page has two notices concerning: "Lands of the United States" from the Northwest Territory which will be sold at auction, with the details including a very lengthy chart noting the acres, number of lots, etc. Each is signed in type by the Secretary of the Treasury: Oliver Wolcott.

Four pages, very nice conditio... See More  

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668637

Selling land in the Northwest Territory... Kentucky to create a road thru the wilderness...

Item #668637

September 03, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York Sept. 3, 1796  Page 2 has no fewer of five dispatches signed by Buonaparte in which he provides the latest on his military efforts in Europe.

Page 3 has an article beginning: "The legislature of the state of Kentucky..passing an act...for he purpose of cutting a wagon road, 30 feet wide, through the wilderness..." with more detail.

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668635

The brutality of Capt. Hugh Pigot...

Item #668635

August 31, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Aug. 31, 1796 



* Hugh Pigot (Royal Navy officer)



The ftpg. has an interesting article by the notorious Captain Hugh Pigot of the British Navy, concerning cruelty towards Americans. Within a year his reputation for brutality would provide his men to mutiny, one of the bloodiest in the history of the Royal Navy, causing the death of Pigot a... See More  

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668632

Washington suspends building codes... Napoleon Buonaparte...

Item #668632

July 09, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, July 9, 1796 



* President George Washington



Page 2 has an interesting document headed: "By the President of the United States" concerning the suspension of two building codes in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to spur development, signed in type: Geo. Washington.

Pages 2 and 4 contain six letters each signed in type: Buonaparte ... See More  

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668627

Three Acts of Congress signed by President Washington...

Item #668627

June 23, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, June 23, 1796  The back page is mostly taken up with three Acts of Congress, each one signed in type by the President: Go. Washington.

The most notable and the lengthiest--taking half of the page--is: "An Act to Ascertain and Fix the Military Establishment of the United States".

Page 3 has a bit headed: "John Paul Jones" c... See More  

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668609

Letter from John Jay...

Item #668609

April 16, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York April 16, 1796  Page 2 has a lengthy letter concerning "the university" in New York, signed by its Chancellor and New York governor: John Jay.

Four pages, nice condition.

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668608

George Washington on Ohio statehood...

Item #668608

April 13, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, April 13, 1796 



* President George Washington

* re. Ohio statehood ?




The back page has a message to Congress from the President concerning Ohio's work towards statehood. Signed in type: Go. Washington.

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

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668606

Washington defends his Jay Treaty...

Item #668606

April 02, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, April 2, 1796 



* George Washington letter

* re. John Jay's Treaty




Page 3 has over a column taken up with a letter from the President to the House of Representatives concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, signed by him in type: Geo. Washington & dated March 30.

Included as well is the slightly smaller "Herald Extra" o... See More  

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668600

John Jay and General Anthony Wayne...

Item #668600

February 20, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Feb. 20, 1796 



* John Jay Treaty

* Mad Anthony Wayne




Beginning on page 1 & concluding on pg. 2 is a: "Letter from Governor Jay" which concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, signed by him in type: John Jay. Page 2 also has a report from the N.Y. Assembly which includes a Resolve signed by the governor: John Jay.

The back ... See More  

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668577

Ben Franklin's famous "The Way to Make Money Plenty..."

Item #668577

September 07, 1786

THE NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, Sept. 7, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) 



* The art of making money plenty in every man's pocket



From the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War & the creation of the federal constitution.

One-third of page 3 is taken up with one of Ben Franklin's more well-known essays: "The Way to Make Money Plenty in... See More  

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668564

A continued article by Thomas Paine...

Item #668564

July 06, 1786

THE NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, July 6, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  From the brief period between the end of the Revolutionary War & the creation of the federal constitution. Inside has nearly a full page on: "Dissertations on Government Paper Money, etc. By the Author of Common Sense (continued)". Also inside are several Acts of the Connecticut legislat... See More  

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668563

A treaty with the Indians...

Item #668563

May 25, 1786

NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, May 25, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  Page 6 has the full text of a treaty with the Indians.

Following the American Revolution, the American states sought to establish peaceful relations with the Shawnee Indians. On January 31, 1786, the various parties signed a treaty ending hostilities between the Shawnee and white Americans.

Known as the... See More  

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668559

A letter from Ben Franklin... Cultivating tea in America...

Item #668559

April 27, 1786

NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, April 27, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) 



* Benjamin Franklin letter



Inside has a letter from 1725 signed by Benjamin Franklin, exhibiting his business acumen, prefaced with: "...written by the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin 65 years ago when he was apprentice to a printer in Little Britain...it exhibits the vicissitudes of fortune... See More  

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668504

First of this scarce title we have offered...

Item #668504

October 05, 1798

COUNTRY PORCUPINE, Philadelphia, Oct. 4 & 5 (a single issue), 1798  



* Rare 18th century American publication



This was a tri-weekly edition of the 'Porcupine's Gazette' established by William Cobbett 7 months prior and which lasted only until Aug. 28, 1799. This is the first of this title we have seen. Content is distilled from the daily edition.

Four pages, never-... See More  

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668479

Broadside "Extra" from Baltimore...

Item #668479

October 15, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE, EXTRA, Oct. 15, 1798 



* Rare broadside extra



Although there were issues of this title in Phila., Boston & Baltimore, this is from Baltimore as the other two did not exist as of this date.

This is a broadside extra, a small single sheet printed on the front only. Such broadsides were typically printed to put urgent or important news into the hands of the reader as q... See More  

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668477

Land to be given to Revolutionary War veterans...

Item #668477

October 26, 1786

THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, New Haven, Oct. 26, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  A weekly title that lasted for about three years, from February of 1786 to June of 1789.

Inside has a report from Phila. noting: "...commenced the drawing of the lottery for the lands laid out by the state & given as a donation to the officers & men of the late Pennsylvania l... See More  

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668476

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668476

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

A typical folio newspaper of the day with various ... See More  

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668457

Details on a ship wreck... Death of a governor...

Item #668457

January 28, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 28, 1796  Various news reports of the day including a page 3 item: "A Grand Victory Obtained by the Austrians and: "Ship Wreck" with much detail. Also a report of the death of Samuel Huntington, governor of Connecticut, with much detail on the funeral.

Four pages, good condition.

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668317

General Anthony Wayne & the Chippawa Indians...

Item #668317

November 06, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 6, 1793  



* "Mad Anthony" Wayne



A page 3 item reports in part: "...from Pittsburgh, we learn that General Wayne had marched from the Miami against the Indians with 3000 regular troops and 1500 volunteers from Kentucky....Still Knee, a chief of the Chippawas, had come into Fort-Pitt, with assurance that his nation had resolved to observe a ... See More  

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668284

President John Adams responds...

Item #668284

June 13, 1797

THE NEWPORT MERCURY, Rhode Island, June 13, 1797 



* Rare 18th century publication

* President John Adams




Half of the ftpg. is taken up with the: "Opinion of Chief Justice Ellsworth in a Case Respecting British Debts...".

Page 2 has an address: "To the President of the United States"  followed by his reply to the House: John Adams.

Four pages, never-trimmed ma... See More  

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668177

Toasting the President's birthday... Reports from the West...

Item #668177

March 02, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 2, 1795  Page 2 has one-third of a column taken up with reports on the celebration of President Washington's birthday, including a list of 15 toasts to him.

Also on page 2 are reports from Fort Washington concerning Indians, and then reports from: "The Western Posts" on situations at Oswego, Niagara, Detroit, and Michilimackinac.

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668174

President John Adams responds...

Item #668174

June 18, 1798

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 18, 1795  Page 3 has a congratulatory letter to the President & Congress, with the reply to the inhabitants of Kent County, Maryland, signed in type by the President: John Adams.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, great condition.

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668170

One of the earliest ice cream advertisements we have seen...

Item #668170

January 15, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 15, 1795  In addition to various news reports found inside, the bottom of the front page has one of the earliest "Ice Cream" advertisements we have seen in any newspaper.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.

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668168

Trouble with the Creek and Cherokee Indians...

Item #668168

January 12, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 12, 1795  Page 3 has a letter form Knoxville noting trouble with the Indians, with details, mentioning in part: "...there has not been less than 20 persons killed by the Indians in this Territory--whether Cherokees or Creeks...".

Four pages, never-trimmed, very nice condition.

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668167

Earliest ice cream advertisement we have seen...

Item #668167

January 10, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1795  In addition to various news reports found inside, the front page has the earliest "Ice Cream" advertisement we have seen in any newspaper.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.

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668128

Washington letter to Congress...

Item #668128

June 04, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 4, 1796 



* President George Washington



Page 2 has: "A message...received from the President of the United States..." to Congress, beginning: "The measures now in operation for taking possession of the posts of Detroit and Machilimachinac..." with more, signed in type: Go. Washington.

Four pages, good condition.... See More  

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668126

Huge list of pensioners, signed in script type by President Washington...

Item #668126

May 14, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 14, 1796 



* Act of Congress re. pensioners

* Retired military men

* President George Washington




Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress: "An ACT Authorizing & Directing the Secretary at War to Place Certain Persons therein named on the Pension List", with a huge list of names (great for genealogical purposes). It complet... See More  

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668125

Sam Adams is elected governor...

Item #668125

May 11, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 11, 1796  Page 2 has a very brief report: "His Excellency Samuel Adams is re-elected Governor of this Commonwealth, for the year ensuing: by a majority of about 2000 votes."

Four pages, irregular at the right margin, paper flaw to front leaf causing a blank spot on pg. 2, with an archival mend.

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668124

Two front page George Washington script signatures...

Item #668124

March 23, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 23, 1796 



* President George Washington



Fully half of the front page, the two middle columns, are taken up with a lengthy treaty of peace and amity between the United States and Algeria, relating to the problems with the Algerian pirates capturing American ships.

At the top is: "Treaty with the Dey of Algiers" with the George Washington scrip... See More  

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668122

Signed by Governor Sam Adams... Much on Washington...

Item #668122

February 24, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 24, 1796  The front page has two Acts of the Massachusetts Legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Page 2 includes a report on the celebration of the 65th birthday of President George Washington, as well as an account from Harvard on honoring Washington.

Another pg. 2 item: "Washington Street" mentions: "The citizens of... See More  

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668121

First native-born dentist: Dr. J. Flagg...

Item #668121

February 20, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 20, 1796 



* 1st native American dentist

* Josiah Flagg advertisement




A ftpg. "Act" of the Mass. legislature is signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Also on the ftpg. is an ad for: "Dr. J. Flagg, Surgeon Dentist" with details. Kane lists Flagg as the first native-born America dentist.

Four pages, damp staining, discrete arc... See More  

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