Declaration Signers

The following issues have content regarding the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  They are arranged in chronological order.  Please enjoy.

Declaration Signers

The following issues have content regarding the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  They are arranged in chronological order.  Please enjoy.
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670952

First magazine printing of the Constitution of the United States...

Item #670952
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, September, 1787 



* First magazine printing of the Constitution of the United States



This title, along with the "Columbian Magazine", has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, both published in Philadelphia. The Museum was published by Mathew Carey and existed from January, 1787 thru the end of 1792. He was very proud of h... See More  

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$7,350.00
643620

On Ben Franklin's water spouts, with a print...

Item #643620
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1788 



* Benjamin Franklin on water spouts

* Post Revolutionary War era




Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work (see for portions). This article takes 2 1/2 pages and one of the plates includes prints of various water spo... See More  

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$69.00
644207

Premature report of the death of Ben Franklin....

Item #644207

March 04, 1788

LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 4, 1788 



* Benjamin Franklin

* False death report




Page 2 has a curious item: "Letters are said to have been received from Philadelphia which mention that the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin died there about the middle of January last in the 78th year of his age. Many historian will soon be engaged to delineate his character...one of the most extra... See More  

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645503

Premature report of the death of Ben Franklin....

Item #645503

March 04, 1788

LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 4, 1788  Page 2 has a curious item: "Letters are said to have been received from Philadelphia which mention that the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin died there about the middle of January last in the 78th year of his age. Many historian will soon be engaged to delineate his character...one of the most extraordinary any age or country has produced..."... See More  

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640612

Establishing a penal colony in Australia... Mention of Franklin...

Item #640612
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1788 



* Botany Bay, Australia

* Penal Colony - Convicts

* Early chess - Benjamin Franklin




Near the back under the "Domestic Occurrences" heading is a report reading: "By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last and expected to sail again about t... See More  

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660785

The 1st African-American slave to formally practice medicine...

Item #660785
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), January, 1789 



* James Derham, esteemed and promoted by Dr. Benjamin Rush - 1st African American (and slave) to officially practice medicine

* Thomas Fuller - an uneducated slave with incredible mathematical ability

* Reflections upon Lexington & Concord




The most noteworthy article begins on page 61 under the heading, "At a meeting of the ... See More  

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640013

From the nation's capital during its founding year...

Item #640013

February 02, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, Feb. 2, 1789  A nice newspaper from what was the nation's capital at the time, in fact Washington would be inaugurated in this city in less than 3 months. Pages 1, 3 & 4 are filled with ads, with news reports on page 2 including a fascinating article: "Extract from an Account of the Influence of the Military and Political events of the American Rev... See More  

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640014

From the nation's capital during its founding year...

Item #640014

February 04, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, Feb. 4, 1789  A nice newspaper from what was the nation's capital at the time, in fact Washington would be inaugurated in this city in less than 3 months. Pages 1, 3 & 4 are filled with ads, with news reports on page 2 including the conclusion of a fascinating article: "Extract from an Account of the Influence of the Military and Political events o... See More  

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655249

George Washington is elected President...

Item #655249
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, May, 1789 



* George Washington elected 1st president of U.S.

* Report from his Revolutionary War enemy (historic)




Certainly the most significant---and very historic--report in this issue is the account under the heading "America" of George Washington being elected the first President of the United States. The full text can be seen in... See More  

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652848

Martha Washington arrives in New York...

Item #652848

May 28, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 28, 1789 



* Martha Washington's journey

* 1st First Lady joining the President




Page 2 has reporting of: "Congressional Intelligence" from the early months of the new federal government. Also a report beginning: "Yesterday arrived in this City from Mount Vernon, Mrs. WASHINGTON, the amiable consort of the President of the U. States.... See More  

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658466

Signed in script type by President George Washington...

Item #658466

August 12, 1789

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 12, 1789  All of pages 1, 2, most of pg. 3, & all of pg. 4 are taken up with an extremely lengthy Act of Congress: "...to Regulate the Collection of the Duties Imposed by Law on the Tonnage of Ships..." which is signed in script type by the President at its conclusion at the bottom of the back page: George Washington, and in block type by... See More  

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652834

North Carolina ratifies the Constitution... Albany described...

Item #652834
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, December, 1789 



* United States Constitution

* North Carolina ratification

* Albany, New York




The issue begins with a full page: "Description of the City of Albany" (plate is lacking). Other items include: "Memoirs of The Bastille"; a very interesting & detailed: "Letter III - Letters from a Pennsylvanian on his Travel... See More  

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659426

Four documents signed in type by John Hancock...

Item #659426

February 18, 1790

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, Feb. 18, 1790 



* John Hancock signed in type



Most of the front page is taken up with lengthy & detailed reports of: "Proceedings in the House of Representatives of the United States".

Page 3 contains four "Resolves" from the Mass. Legislature, each signed in type by the governor: John Hancock.

Four pages... See More  

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660394

John Hancock document...

Item #660394

February 25, 1790

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Feb. 25, 1790 



* John Hancock signed in type



The entire front page is taken up with reports from the: "Congress of America", carrying over to page 2. Page 3 has a Resolve by the state of Massachusetts signed in type by the governor: John Hancock.

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

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659430

"Supplement" issue with two Acts signed b John Hancock...

Item #659430

March 25, 1790

SUPPLEMENT TO THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, March 25, 1790  The entire front page and over half of the back page are taken up with two Acts of the Mass. Legislature, the first being the very lengthy: " Act to Raise a Public Revenue by Excise & to Regulate the Collection Thereof".

Both Acts are signed in type by the governor: John Hancock.

Single sheet, never-trimmed margi... See More  

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659434

An "Extraordinary" issue of this title, with three Acts signed by John Hancock...

Item #659434

April 20, 1790

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE EXTRAORDINARY, Boston, April 20, 1790 



* John Hancock acts signed

* Massachusetts governor




An uncommon single sheet "Extra" printing outside the regular cycle of this newspaper.

Half of the front side is taken up with 3 Acts of the Mass. Legislature, each signed in type by the governor: John Hancock.

Half of the back is taken up with ads including fiv... See More  

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592073

Ben Franklin on the attrition rate of the Revolutionary War...

Item #592073

June 16, 1790

THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, England, June 16, 1790 



* Attrition rate 

* Benjamin Franklin
 



The back page has a letter from Ben Franklin (originally written in 1775) and signed in type: B.F., headed: "...Letter from the late Celebrated Dr. Franklin...on the subject of the first campaign made by the British forces in America" which includes an interesting it... See More  

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659321

This historic Funding Act of 1790...

Item #659321

August 07, 1790

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, Aug. 7, 1790



* United States Funding Act of 1790

* President George Washington signs

* Also John Adams & Thomas Jefferson




Taking about a full page of text, including almost all of page 2 is: "An Act making Provision for the Debt of the United States" which is signed in type by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.

This w... See More  

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671042

On the funeral of the governor...

Item #671042

November 13, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 13, 1790 



* Patriots George Read & William Patterson



Page 3 reports that George Read was unanimously re-elected Senator of Delaware. A second item says: "The Hon. William Patterson, Esq. Senator of the United States, from New Jersey is unanimously elected Governor of that State." Both of these men signed the Constitution of the United State... See More  

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643379

Creating the District of Columbia...

Item #643379

January 27, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 27, 1791 



* Creating Washington D.C. - seat of government

* President George Washington & Thomas Jefferson




The entire first column on page 2 is taken up with a very historic document: "A Proclamation" in which Maryland & Virginia both offered to cede to the United States land upon which the capital would be cr... See More  

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664965

The Act creating the Bank of the United States...

Item #664965
THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, March, 1791



* First Bank of the United States creation



The issue begins with textual: "Sketches of the President Of the United States" which is nearly a 4 1/2 page biography of George Washington (the plate called for is lacking). Also inside is the conclusion of: "Description of Cape Cod & the County of Barnstable" which takes 2 1/2... See More  

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640630

Detailed article on early Australia... Death of Rev. John Wesley...

Item #640630
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1791  An article concerning the respect given to Benjamin Franklin begins: "As there were few men more attentive to the tracing the causes of natural effects, or more ready & ingenious in accounting for them, than the late Dr. B. Franklin, his opinions on any such subjects are therefore deserving of our special attention. Thus on the subje... See More  

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670749

Thomas Jefferson... Indian troubles on the frontier...

Item #670749

March 17, 1791

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 17, 1791 



* Nice 18th century American publication



Beginning on the ftpg. & take part of page 2 is the continued: "Report of the Secretary of State on the Subject of the Cod & Whale Fisheries" signed in type: Thomas Jefferson.

Page 3 has another letter signed in type: Thomas Jefferson, plus a letter from W... See More  

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655073

Examining the American economy...

Item #655073

May 25, 1791

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 25, 1791  The entire ftpg. is taken up with: "...Lord Sheffield's Observations on the Commerce of the United States of America"

A page 2 report from Connecticut says that The Hon. Roger Sherman, Esq. is elected to represent this State in the Senate of the U.S. A page 3 report states that Vice President John Adams was elected President of the
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664817

"Report" signed in type by Thomas Jefferson...

Item #664817

January 21, 1792

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 21, 1792



* Thomas Jefferson before presidency



Beginning on the ftpg. and concluding on page 2 is a very lengthy "Report" from the Secretary of State, signed in type: Th. Jefferson. It is very difficult to find 18th century newspapers with Jefferson's signature in type.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some foxing and a few archival mends at... See More  

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671962

Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State...

Item #671962

February 08, 1792

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 8, 1792 



* Thomas Jefferson before presidency



Page 3 has a report headed: "The Secretary of State" which includes a letter signed by him in type: Tho. Jefferson.

Other news of the day & a wealth of advertising.

Four pages, some scattered foxing, good condition.... 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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672413

Indian depredations... Message signed by John Hancock...

Item #672413

November 17, 1792

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 17, 1792  On the front page under "Indian Depredations" is a full column report about the depredations "South of the Ohio".

Page 2 has a report stating that work was started on the canal between the Susquehanna and Schuylkill rivers "...on the crown level of the middle ground, between the Tulpehocken and Quintapahilla: And that the ca... See More  

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661892

Washington's 2nd election as President...

Item #661892

February 27, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 27, 1793 



* President George Washington

* Historic 2nd election victory




Certainly the most significant item in this issue is the report at the top of page 3 announcing the opening of the votes for President & Vice President.

History tells us that it was on February 13, 1793, when Congress officially tabulated the votes from the election of

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672736

Letter to Washington, responded to by Thomas Jefferson...

Item #672736

August 28, 1793

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 28, 1793  Page 3 has a letter from the French minister "To General Washington, President of the United States" but it is responded to by the Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, as it is a state matter and not meant for the President's attention. It relates to the Citizen Genet Affair & the troubling situation with the on-going French Revolu... 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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640272

Death of John Hancock...

Item #640272
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793



* John Hancock death (1st report)

* American revolution patriot

* Declaration of Independence fame




Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock.  Perhaps it is not unexpected that... See More  

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652448

Death of John Hancock...

Item #652448
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793  Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock.  Perhaps it is not unexpected that the death of this notable person, who had been such a thorn in the side of England during the years ... 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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669202

Thomas Jefferson responds concerning the Jay Treaty...

Item #669202

February 08, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 8, 1794  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, very nice condition.

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655467

Joseph Priestley... John Adams & George Washington signatures...

Item #655467

June 07, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 7, 1794  Page 2 has a message to Congress, signed in type: Go. Washington, and also a report noting in part: "...a gentleman immediately from New Orleans who descended the rivers Ohio and Mississippi...that a body of General Clark's party...collected at the mouth of Cumberland River...their intentions were...to proceed to Louisiana for the purpose of ... See More  

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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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669062

Sam Adams' state-of-the state address...

Item #669062

January 21, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Jan. 21, 1795 



* Governor Samuel Adams

* State of the Union Address




Page 3 has over a full column taken up with what appears to be the governor's state-of-the-state address to his legislature, headed: "Address" and signed in type: Samuel Adams. In it he includes reference to the Whiskey Rebellion in a "sister s... See More  

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662713

Three front page script signatures by the President...

Item #662713

March 11, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 11, 1795 



* President George Washington

* 3 Acts of Congress signed in script




The front page features 3 Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington, & in block type by the V.P.: John Adams.  A displayable issue as such.

Four pages, scattered foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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$127.00
660396

Acts by Sam Adams...

Item #660396

March 16, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, March 16, 1795 



* Nice 18th century masthead



Page 2 begins with two Acts from the Mass. legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, wide never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.... See More  

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663960

1795 George Washington and Sam Adams...

Item #663960

March 28, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 28, 1795



* President George Washington

* Acts of Congress




The front page features two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. Also an Act of the Mass. Legislature signed in scrip type by the Governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, light foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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$97.00
660397

Sam Adams writes to his legislature...

Item #660397

June 25, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, June 25, 1795 



* Nice 18th century masthead



Page 2 has a letter to the Mass. legislature concerning French ships in Mass. ports, signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.... See More  

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660398

Sam Adams issues a Proclamation...

Item #660398

June 29, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, June 29, 1795 



* Proclamation signed in type by Sam Adams



Page 2 has a "Proclamation" signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine, great condition.... See More  

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669074

Governor Sam Adams document on capturing the vandals...

Item #669074

July 01, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, July 1, 1795 



* Uncommon title



Page 3 has a document: "By the Governour" concerning: "...bringing to justice all persons...who with force & violence did...burn a vessel lying at the Long Wharf in Boston..." signed: Samuel Adams.

Also an article: "Mr. Jay's Treaty", a controversial document at... See More  

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664712

Four Acts signed by Governor Sam Adams...

Item #664712

July 06, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 6, 1795 



* Nice 18th century masthead



Over half of the front page is taken up with four Acts of the Massachusetts legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, archivally rejoined at the spine, various foxing throughout... See More  

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660404

Front page Act signed by Sam Adams... Other thoughts on the Jay Treaty...

Item #660404

July 20, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 20, 1795  Half of the front page is taken up with an Act of the Massachusetts legislature, signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Much of page 2 is taken up with: "Observations Against The TREATY." being the controversial Jay Treaty.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, never-trimmed margins, small binding holes at the blank spine. There a... See More  

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668117

Two letters signed in script by George Washington...

Item #668117

January 16, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 16, 1796  Page 2 has a letter from the President to Congress signed in script type: Go. Washington. Also on pg. 2 is a letter from the French to Washington, with his reply also signed in script type: Go. Washington.

This title was one of very few which used script type for the President, which is more decorative. Also a front page letter signed in type: John ... See More  

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$84.00
659370

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

Item #659370

January 23, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 23, 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, never-trimmed margins, good condition.

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$43.00
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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$43.00
668120

Sam Adams signatures in type...

Item #668120

February 17, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 17, 1796  The front page has over a full column taken up with three Acts of the Massachusetts Legislature, each Act signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Four pages, nice condition.

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$53.00
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