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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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666935

Celebration of the Stamp Act repeal has horrible consequences...

Item #666935

July 22, 1766

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, July 22, 1766  The back page has a letter from Burlington, New  Jersey, offering thanks for the repeal of the hated Stamp Act. A portion includes: "...On hearing the joyful news of the repeal of the stamp act, about 3 half-barrels of powder were provided...a negro boy, seeing some powder scattered on the ground, scraped some of it together & set  fire ... See More  

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666898

Ben Franklin in Paris... Preparing for battle in New Jersey... Judaica...

Item #666898

June 14, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 14, 1777 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




A report from Paris begins: "Thursday last Dr. Franklin had an interview with Lord Stormont; the conversation lasted three hours..." and a bit further down is mention that "...an American privateer bound to Boston...had a packet of letters on board from Dr. Fr... See More  

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666881

Ben Franklin's angry response to Admiral Howe...

Item #666881

April 19, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 19,1777  Page 5 has a letter written by: [Admiral Lord] Howe, to Ben Franklin, on board the ship Eagle, June 20, 1776, mentioning: "...if I meet with the disposition in the colonies which I was once taught to expect...promoting the establishment of lasting peace and union with the colonies. But if the deep-rooted prejudices of America...preventing her... See More  

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666878

Asserting the Americans had no cause to go to war...

Item #666878

March 01, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 1, 1777 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




A page 2 item notes: "...General Howe & our army were all well; that a party of Rebels had attempted to surprise Major Rogers in Fort Independence but had been repulsed...". Another page has a lengthy letter concerning the war in the colonies, including: "... See More  

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666875

From the Revolutionary War...

Item #666875

February 06, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 6, 1777 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century original

* From The Enemy




A page 3 item notes: "By the Appalachia, Ogilvie, arrived in the Downs from East Florida, advices are received that the inhabitants on the frontiers of Georgia and East Florida continue to distress each other & that some soldiers had been ordered there to protect the ... See More  

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666873

Congress rallies the troops...

Item #666873

January 16, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 16, 1777 



* Benjamin Frankin, Ethan Allen & more

* Revolutionary War original from the enemy




Page 2 has a items concerning an officer at Boston addressing General Howe upon his retreat from the heights of Boston. And a short note from Ticonderoga, followed by a report from New York noting: "...General Howe has wrote for more troops...Whateve... See More  

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666857

Queen Anne sets the first session of the newly combined Parliament of England & Scotland...

Item #666857

September 15, 1707

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 15, 1707  The front page begins with a very notable document, headed: "By The Queen, A PROCLAMATION" calling for: "...our first Parliament of Great Britain...at our city of Westminster on Thursday the twenty-third day of October next..." with further particulars.

This was the very first session of Parliament of the newly-created Parliame... See More  

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666856

King of England gets support from London concerning the insult from the king of France...

Item #666856

October 02, 1701

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Oct. 2, 1701  The ftpg. has a letter: "To  the King's Most Excellent Majesty" from the mayor and council of London, supporting the king in the insult from the king of France who considers the king of England as the "pretended" king.

As a bit of background, James II was the last Catholic monarch of Great Britain, deposed in the Gloriou... See More  

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666833

The siege of Lisle in the War of Spanish Succession...

Item #666833

September 27, 1708

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 27, 1708  Most of this issue, including the entire front page, is taken up with reports on the siege of Lisle, with headings including: "Journal From the Camp before Lisle" and "From the Camp before Lisle" and "From the Camp at Lannoy" and again: "From the Camp before Lisle".

The Siege of Lille was the most promin
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666820

A British victory in the War of Spanish Succession... Encouraging trade with Newfoundland...

Item #666820

July 12, 1708

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England July 12, 1708 



* Battle of Oudenarde

* War of Spanish Succession




Most of the ftpg. is taken up with: "By the Queen, A Proclamation" which concerns: "An Act to Encourage the Trade to Newfoundland..." with much detail.

But the more desirable content is a very detailed account of the Battle of Oudenarde. This was a battle in the War of the... See More  

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666808

A displayable title... Neat music shop advertisement...

Item #666808

March 19, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, March 19, 1795 



* Nice masthead engraving

* 18th century America

* Music store advertisement




Beyond having one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads of the 18th century, among the illustrated advertisements on the back page is a nice one for: "Callender's Music Shop" showing a flutist, with various te... See More  

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666806

A displayable title... Much on the controversial Jay Treaty...

Item #666806

November 12, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Nov. 12, 1795 



* 18th century America

* Much on the Jay Treaty




Beyond having one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads of the 18th century, over half of the front page is taken up with continued discussion headed: "Features on Mr. Jay's Treaty" with England, a very controversial document which was ulti... See More  

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666802

A displayable title... Much on the controversial Jay Treaty...

Item #666802

October 26, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Oct. 26, 1795  Beyond having one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads of the 18th century, most of the front page is taken up with continued discussion headed: "Features on Mr. Jay's Treaty" with England, a very controversial document which was ultimately signed by President Washington in August.

Four pages... See More  

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666801

A displayable title... Much on the controversial Jay Treaty...

Item #666801

October 15, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Oct. 15, 1795 



* 18th century America

* Much on the Jay Treaty




Beyond having one of the more decorative & displayable mastheads of the 18th century, over half of the front page is taken up with continued discussion headed: "Features on Mr. Jay's Treaty" with England, a very controversial document which was ulti... See More  

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666775

Major General Alexander Hamilton...

Item #666775

October 16, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Oct. 16, 1799  The back page has a nice "War Department" notice mention that: "All officers...who are...absent from their commands are required...to report themselves by letter to Major General ALEXANDER HAMILTON..." with a bit more. This is the Alexander Hamilton who served again in the military during the Quasi War.

F... See More  

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666757

The Yankee-Pennamite War...

Item #666757

November 23, 1784

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 23, 1784  Page 3 has a nice account of the dispute between Pennsylvania and Connecticut on lands in the Wyoming Valley of Pa. This dispute was known as the Third Yankee-Pennamite War. This report takes over one-third of the page.

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

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666748

Reflecting upon the Revolutionary War... On the surrender at Yorktown...

Item #666748

December 18, 1781

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Dec. 18, 1781  The entire front page is a very interesting: "Letter IV To the People of Great Britain" concerning the Revolutionary War, reflecting upon the history of it and the consequences of many of the noteworthy battles.

Page 2 has a report noting: "...dispatches from Sir Henry Clinton containing the articles of capitulation at York Town wi... See More  

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666708

Timely report of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...

Item #666708

December 01, 1791

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1791 



* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart death (1st report)

* Musical composer - Classical music era original




Presented inconspicuously among other death reports is a brief yet very notable report on the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ending with a prophetic comment:  " At Vienna, Wolfgang Mozart, the celebrated German composer. ... See More  

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666698

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666698

January 01, 1728

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1728



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...for granting an aid to his Majesty by a land tax to be raised in Great Britain, for the service of the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty nine."

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Eighty-two ... See More  

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666696

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666696

January 01, 1760

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1760 



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...for enabling his Majesty to raise the sum of one million for the uses and purposes therein mentioned..."

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Twenty pages, 11 by 7 1/4 inches, nice condition.... See More  

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666693

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666693

January 01, 1759

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1759 



* 18th century original document



Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...to enforce and render more effectual the laws relating to the qualification of members to sit in the House of Commons."

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Six pages, 11 by 7 1/4 inches, nice co... See More  

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666690

Displayable Act of Parliament...

Item #666690

January 01, 1759

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1759  Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...to continue...an Act...as relates to the further punishment of persons going armed or disguised, in defiance of the laws...and to the relief of the officers of the customs in informations upon seizures..."

A decorative document given the displayable titl... See More  

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666489

Thomas Jefferson responds concerning the Jay Treaty...

Item #666489

February 08, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 8, 1794



* Thomas Jefferson letters

* re. John Jay Treaty




The ftpg. has: "State Papers" which has three letters from Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, relating to the controversial Jay Treaty. Each is signed: Th. Jefferson.

Four pages, some foxing, irregular at the blank spine with a small piece missing, good condition.... See More  

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666386

Stop by and visit the President...

Item #666386

April 03, 1799

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, April 3, 1799  Inside has: "Of Buonaparte and Egypt" "Invasion of Naples" as well as a report from the London Gazette which includes a letter signed by: Horatio Nelson, from on board his ship 'Vanguard'. Page 3 has: "Another Victory" and a report from Boston: "The PRESIDENT of the United States wil... See More  

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666369

Achieving a peace with the Indians near Pittsburgh...

Item #666369

January 12, 1793

THE MAIL; OR CLAYPOOLE'S DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 12, 1793 



* 18th century America publication



Page 3 has a half column report from Pittsburgh concerning the arrival of soldiers from Virginia, which notes near the beginning: "...are sincerely happy...to inform the inhabitants of the western country that there is now a prospect of a speedy & general peace with th... See More  

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666319

Four front page script signatures of George Washington...

Item #666319

May 05, 1792

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 5, 1792



* President George Washington

* John Adams - Acts of Congress




On the front page under "Laws of the United States" are four "Acts" each signed in script type: Go. Washington. Each act is also signed in type: Jonathan Trumbull, John Adams & TH: Jefferson.

One of the acts was for erecting "...a Light-House on Montauk Point ... See More  

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666309

Thomas Jefferson's concern with impressment...

Item #666309

September 09, 1793

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, Hartford, Sept. 9, 1793 



* Thomas Jefferson letter

* Military impressment




Page 3 has a: "Proclamation" from the French foreign minister concerning France's presence in America. Also a letter to the merchants of Hartford concerning impressment of American ships and men by foreign powers, signed in type: Th. Jefferson as Secretary of State.

Four p... See More  

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666281

Arguing the problems with the Jay Treaty...

Item #666281

September 30, 1795

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Sept. 30, 1795 



* Uncommon title

* re. Jay's Treaty




Page 2 has nearly a full column taken up with a petition to the House of Representatives on concerns with problems with the Jay Treaty with England.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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666267

Importation from America begins again...

Item #666267

December 27, 1783

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Dec. 27, 1783  Taking half of the front page & most of page 2 is a complete printing of a document noted in Schlesinger as happening on December 26, and which he describes as a British order in council to permit the importation of American manufactured goods to England on terms as favorable as those of pre-revolutionary days.

The first column has a brief note... See More  

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666264

Slaves arrive in colonial Charleston...

Item #666264

August 26, 1773

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAZETTE & BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, Aug. 26, 1773  



* African slavery trade

* Southern slaves arrive

* Colonial New England




This newspaper was printed in Boston less than four months before the Boston Tea Party. Page 2 has a report on the number of slaves imported into Charleston, South Carolina, and noting where they were from (see). The entire fr
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666263

Uncommon American title from the Revolutionary War...

Item #666263

January 19, 1780

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Jan. 19, 1780 



* American Revolutionary War

* Rare single sheet issue




Most of the front page is taken up with a document concerning relations between Holland and England. The back page has a document from D. Diego Joseph Navarro, governor of Cuba., regarding declaring war against Great Britain (see). The back page also has an item from Congress conce... See More  

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666261

One of the best Revolutionary War era mastheads...

Item #666261

September 13, 1783

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 13, 1783 



* Rare title w/ great masthead

* re. End of the Revolutionary War




The photo shows one of the more decorative and larger engravings to be found in an 18th century American newspaper, making this a very nice issue for display.

The front page has a few bits with oblique references to the end of the Revolu... See More  

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666259

Action concerning desertion from duty in battle...

Item #666259

March 22, 1777

THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 22, 1777 



* Rare Revolutionary War title from America



The front page is taken up with some legal issues concerning the governance of Philadelphia. Page 2 has an item from the Congress of New York concerning: "...divers persons...for notorious disaffection to the liberties of America & other sufficient causes, been sent into so... See More  

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666255

Great map of the West Indies & America...

Item #666255
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1762 



* Very early Southern America map w/ West Indies



Certainly the prime feature of this early magazine is the terrific & very displayable foldout map titled: "An Accurate Map of the West Indies with the Adjacent Coast" as noted in the ornate cartouche. This map shows much of present-day Georgia & Florida to present-day... See More  

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666234

Death of early woman's rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft...

Item #666234

November 11, 1797

THE SPECTATOR, New York, Nov. 11, 1797 



* Mary Wollstonecraft death

* Women's rights advocate




Page 3 has a brief yet notable report under the heading: "Died" reading: "Lately in England, in child-bed, Mrs. Godwin; more known as Miss Wollstonecraft, the celebrated authoress of 'The Rights of Women'." Mary Wollstonecraft was a very early & famous advoc... See More  

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666223

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War... Much concerning the war...

Item #666223

April 18, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 18, 1778 



* Rare Tory (pro British) issue from America

* Revolutionary War original reporting




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page is entirely taken up with ads including a &q... See More  

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666213

Nice map of Jamaica...

Item #666213
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1762  This magazine still has the full page plate of "A Map Of the Island of Jamaica" which shows much detail. This map measures 5 by 8 inches and has tiny binding holes above the top margin, not touching the map. There is also a report which relates to it titled: "Weak State of the Island of Jamaica".

There is also another art... See More  

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666212

HMS Victory lost at sea...

Item #666212
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1744 



* HMS Victory has been lost... 255 years later it is found!



Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the report referencing the sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory. A report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service brings this event into the 21st century with its breaking news reading:... See More  

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666189

A large & decorative masthead... Avoiding taxation...

Item #666189

May 17, 1723

THE ORIGINAL LONDON POST OR, HEATHCOTE'S INTELLIGENCE, London, England, May 17, 1723



* Great masthead engraving

* Very rare title




A rare title with the text running continuously from issue to issue, the lead sentence is the completion of the last sentence from the previous issue. This was done by several periodicals during this period to avoid the tax on newspapers. This format classifi... See More  

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666073

Much on the tensions with America: "God knows how this will end"...

Item #666073

April 14, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg (with Supplement), Apr. 14, 1775 This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.

Interesting that just 5 days after this issue was printed the battle of Lexington & Concord began the Revolutionary War.

The ftpg... See More  

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666066

Wealth of interesting commentary from just before the outbreak of war...

Item #666066

February 17, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Feb. 17, 1775  This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.

Fully half of the front page is taken up with an interesting article headed: "Observations On Taxing America". Notewor... See More  

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665952

Washington Proclamation on coinage...

Item #665952

February 10, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, February 10, 1796  



* President George Washington

* Proclamation signed in script

* U.S. coinage - copper cent




At the top of the front page and taking almost half a column is "A Proclamation" for reducing the weight of the copper cent and half cent due to the increased price of copper. It is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washing... See More  

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665938

Silence is cowardice; neutrality is treason...

Item #665938

May 16, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 16, 1798  The ftpg. has a lengthy letter being an: "Answer to the Young Men of the City of Philadelphia..." signed in type by the President: John Adams. Also: "The Address - John Adams, President of the United States" by the young men of Boston concerning the potential for war & noting: "...when the most conciliating measures which ... See More  

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665937

Inaugural addresses of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams...

Item #665937

March 15, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 15, 1797  Page 2 contains the: "Vice-President's Speech" which is prefaced with: "On Saturday morning the Senate of the United States, being convened, THOMAS JEFFERSON was sworn in as Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate. On which he address the Senate as follows..." and what follows is his inaugural address.... See More  

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665936
Item #665936

October 03, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 3, 1795



* 18th century American title



Page 2 includes: "Naval Action in the Mediterranean" between the English & the French; also: "Republic of France - National Convention" "Annihilation of the Emigrants Lately landed in France" & other items.

Page 3 includes 7 illustrated ship ads, with 6 on the back page. Four pages, ... See More  

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665935

Constitution's keel is laid...

Item #665935

May 20, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 20, 1795 



* USS Constitution construction begins

* Laying of the keel - United States Navy




A page 3 report under "Federal Frigate" reports the beginning of work on this famous addition to the U.S. Navy, stating in part: "...the keel of the United States frigate...was finished laying. It is 156 feet in length, and from the elegance of the w... See More  

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$133.00
665868

George Washington and Sam Adams...

Item #665868

June 09, 1794

DUNLAP & CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 9, 1794 



* George Washington & Samuel Adams



Pages 2 & 3 contains  very lengthy letter from the Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph, concerning the troubling relationship with France, which is introduced the President, signed in type: Go. Washington.

Page 3 has a letter from the governor of Mass. sig... See More  

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665867

Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the famed balloonist...

Item #665867

January 26, 1793

THE MAIL; OR CLAYPOOLE'S DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 26, 1793 



* 1st ballooning flight in America

* Jean-Pierre Blanchard




Page 2 contains a letter signed by Blanchard, the renowned balloonist, noting that he is erecting a large building for the purpose of it being an: "...arostatical labortaroy, I shall not only exhibit the balloon with which I ascended here, but ano... See More  

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665864
Item #665864

April 29, 1794

GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 29, 1794  Page 2 has a report headed: "Proceedings of the Senate on Chief Justice Jay's appointment", which includes an introductory letter signed by him: Go. Washington.

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

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665863

Washington's Proclamation on a planned invasion in Kentucky of Spanish territory...

Item #665863

March 31, 1794

GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 31, 1794  Page 3 has half a column taken up with: "A Proclamation" by the President, signed in type: Go. Washington. This relates to the cabinet suggesting that the President issue a proclamation in an effort to stop the expeditions that were being planned in Kentucky to invade Spanish territory.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, small bindi... See More  

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$87.00
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