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Early mention of Abraham Lincoln in a national newspaper...

Item #687617

December 27, 1843

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Dec. 27 1843  The top of page 3 has a report headed: "Illinois" being an account of activities in the state Whig Convention in Springfield, mentioning in part: "...The following gentlemen were chosen as the Whig candidates for Presidential Electors: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: S. LISLE SMITH of Cook..." with more men listed.

This is an early mention of ... See More  

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Abe Lincoln on the Civil War... Georgia secedes from the Union...

Item #687522

January 20, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, January 20, 1861 

* President-elect Abraham Lincoln

* The Civil War about to begin

* Georgia secedes from the Union

The front page has some ominous reports concerning the troubles in the South which would soon lead to the Civil War, with first column heads including: "The Revolution" "Important News from the South" "Projected Seizure of Fort ... See More  

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1813 Death of the "Gerrymander"...

Item #687371

April 07, 1813

BOSTON GAZETTE, April 8, 1813 

* Death of the "Gerrymander"

* Governor Elbridge Gerry

Page 3 begins with an interesting article headed: "The Gerrymander", essentially a report of its death. The "gerrymander" was--and remains to this day--a controversial political maneuver used to reshape voting districts in order to favor a political party. It was named fo... See More  

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1844 runaway slaves ad...

Item #687186

October 26, 1844

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, October 26, 1844

* Several runaway slaves in one ad

The ftpg. has a detailed notice offering a "Seven Hundred Dollars Reward" for "...the following slaves, to wit: Lewis, who calls himself Lewis Brawner....Daniel calls himself Daniel Paine....Charles calls himself Charles Mastin....Henry calls himself Henry Chapman....Also Gradison....... See More  

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1837 Slave advertisement...

Item #686973

June 09, 1837

THE GLOBE, Washington, D.C., June 9, 1837 

* Slavery - slaves - Negroes

An advertisement on page 3 is headed: "Cash For Negroes" noting: "I will give the highest cash price for likely Negroes, from ten to twenty-five years of age..." with just a bit more (see).

News of the day with other interesting advertisements. Four pages, a little light foxing, minor spine wear... See More  

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Clark Gable & Carole Lombard marry in 1939....

Item #686970

March 30, 1939


* Actor Clark Gable

* Actress Carole Lombard

* Marriage - wedding

The bottom of the front page has a two column heading: "Gable and Carole Lombard Return to Bride's Home" with photo. (see)

Complete with all 34 pages, light toning at the margins, small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.... See More  

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Discussion Taylor's inaugural address...

Item #686941

March 10, 1849

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 9, 1849 The first column of page 5 has the reviews of six newspapers on "The Inaugural Address" of President Taylor, with many diverse comments.

Also on page 5 is a lengthy: "List of Cadet Appointments for 1849" listed by state, and includes "John Hood" from Kentucky, who would become a famous Confederate general, ... See More  

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Theatrical ad includes Edgar Allan Poe's mother...

Item #686837

November 23, 1807

BOSTON GAZETTE, Nov. 23, 1807 

* Edgar Allan Poe's mother theater ad

A curious literary item here as the top of page 3 has an advertisement for the "Boston Theatre" for the performance of: "HIGHLAND REEL", a theatrical performance, with one of the principal characters being "Mrs. Poe" as Maggy. (see image) She was the mother of Edgar Allan Poe.

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1860 Great Meteor shower... Fireball meteors...

Item #686830

July 22, 1860

THE NEW YORK HERALD, July 22, 1860 

* Earth-grazing meteor procession

* Fireball meteors


The front page has an article headed: "The Meteor Of Friday Night" "Its Brilliancy and Its Great Distance from the Earth" "All Sorts Of Accounts" and more with small illustration. Text takes up 4 full columns on the front page.

Other news of the day. Complete in... See More  

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1839 Runaway slave ad...

Item #686778

August 05, 1839

THE GLOBE, City of Washington, Aug. 5, 1839 

* Runaway slave advertisement

The front page has a notice that offers a $400 Reward for a runaway "negro man" and a "mulatto boy" with a description of each and details about the reward. (see) Unusual to have an ad such as this from out nation's capital.

Other news and advertisements. Complete in 4 pages, nice conditi... See More  

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Mormons from Sweden, Denmark, etc. emigrate to U.S....

Item #686641

May 04, 1858


* Mormons from Sweden, Denmark, etc. emigrate to U.S.

* Uncommon title from Ohio

* Gang goes on a murderous rampage

The bottom of page 2 has "Arrival of Mormons at New York", which states in full: "A company of 90 Mormons, 81 of them from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and nine from England, arrived in New York… on board of the e... See More  

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The antebellum South... Wilmington NC...

Item #686612

July 12, 1853

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 12, 1853  

* Rare antebellum publication

This early Southern publication has news of the day with several advertisements.

Four pages, a little irregular along the spine, generally nice.... See More  

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Mormons looking for a place of refuge...

Item #686578

December 05, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 1857  Page 3 has the brief but interesting report, "A PLACE OF MORMON REFUGE", which includes in part: "It is stated that the Mormons, among their other preparations, have not forgotten to look out a "Canaan" of refuge, in case the United States would disagree too severely with their particular institutions."... See More  

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Brigham Young proclaims martial law...

Item #686574

November 19, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 1857  Page three has: "Important From The Utah Expedition" which includes official intelligence confirming the Mormon attack and burning of 78 of the government's wagons filled with military supplies. This event happend on October 5, during which no one was killed.

The report further notes: "The Department is al... See More  

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Mormon attack... Brigham Young on the Indians & U.S. forces...

Item #686572

November 17, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 17, 1857  This issue has multiple reports regarding the Mormon tensions of mid-late 1857. Page 2 begins with a full column article headed: "A Reply to Brigham Young" which kicks off with Young's detailed letter on how to handle the Indians, followed by the response of J.W. Denver, Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Both letters d... See More  

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On the cusp of a Mormon War... "inspired by blind religious fanaticism"...

Item #686571

November 10, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 1857  Page 3 has: "A MORMON WAR", which includes in part: "Each fresh arrival of intelligence from Utah confirms the reports of preparations by the Mormons to resist the entrance of the United States troops into their Territory, and gives consistency to the opinion that we are on the verge of a Mormon war." The cover... See More  

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Massacre plot by slaves uncovered in Tennessee...

Item #686091

January 07, 1832

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, January 7, 1832  Within this issue is an article with a small heading: "Another Insurrection" with a portion of the text including:

"We have been credibly informed...among the citizens of Fayetteville, Tenn.,...the discovery of a plot, among the negroes of that place...for an insurrection, all the particulars of which we have not ye... See More  

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1856 Bleeding Kansas...

Item #685935

August 26, 1856


* Bleeding Kansas

* Missouri border invasion

The top of the front page has a one column heading : "The War In Kansas" with subhead. (see) Lengthy text.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.

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Early 1855 Cooperstown, New York...

Item #685920
An Oct. 29th, 1855 check drawn in the "Otsego County Bank" in Cooperstown, New York. A very handsome item which features an engraving of an Indian at the left side. Printed on maroon ink with 1 circular "Paid" stamp. About 2 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches and in nice condition.

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On the life of Napoleon Buonparte...

Item #685741

March 11, 1815

NEW YORK EVENING POST, March 11, 1815  Page 2 has over a full column with a small heading: "Bonaparte" which is essentially a review of a book written about him by a friend, with much on Buonaparte's life (see for portions).

Four pages, nice condition.

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Indiana to become the 19th state of the Union...

Item #685735

December 10, 1816

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 1816 

* Indiana will become a state (eve)

Page 3 has reports of discussions from Congress, one report headed: "Indiana State" which includes: "...proceeded to the order of the day on the resolution recognizing the republicanism & conformity to constitution and law of the constitution of the new State of Indiana...and ... See More  

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The California Gold Rush...

Item #685728

January 12, 1849

BOSTON DAILY JOURNAL, Jan. 12, 1849 (misdated as Jan. 11)

* California Gold Rush

* 49ers - mining - miners

Page 2 has several nice reports from the California Gold Rush under the heading: "California Items", including: "...The gold fever at Charlestown, Va., has begot a scheme for a company of 50 to go to California at $250 each, which 25 most useful and respectable citizens ... See More  

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Detailed plans for Harrison's inaugural...

Item #685725

March 04, 1841

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1841 

* President William Henry Harrison

* Day of his inauguration - inaugural

* From the city where it happened - rare

A terrific newspaper for the content found on page 3, which has considerable detail on the plans for the inauguration of William Henry Harrison which happened on the day this newspaper was printed.

The first c... See More  

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Peace might end the Mexican-American War?

Item #685720

July 31, 1847

THE DAILY UNION, City of Washington, July 31, 1847  Page 2 has: "The Peace Rumors" which talks about possible peace terms to end the Mexican-American War (see). 

Four pages, very nice condition.

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Death of LaFayette... New Jewish synagogue... Sherath-Israel...

Item #685719

June 21, 1834

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore,  June 21, 1834 

* General LaFayette death

* Jewish Synagogue

An inside page has a very early report of the death of Lafayette: "...By a late arrival we learn that the good LAFAYETTE died on the 20th May in the 77th year of his age. the papers are filled with tributes of respect to his memory. He was the illustrious link between the pas... See More  

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Problem with slaves in the Bahamas... Cherokee gold...

Item #685718

October 08, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 8, 1831 The back page has most of a column headed: "American Slaves In The Bahamas" which is a report concerning a slave ship which wrecked on one of the Bahama Islands and the slaves--bound from an Atlantic port to New Orleans--taken into the Bahamas.

Also near the back is: "Cherokee Gold Mines" in Georgia.

Complete in 24 pages, 6 ... See More  

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Creating a government in Colombia... Indian lands and laws...

Item #685714

June 26, 1830

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 26, 1830  Inside has a report concerning the creation of a government in "Colombia" noting: "The new constitution having been adopted...proceeded to elect a president and vice president of the republic...a deputation waited upon Bolivar & informed him of the result He congratulated them on the happy termination of their labors...&... See More  

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General Samuel Houston... Trail of Tears...

Item #685713

May 16, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, May 16, 1829 

* Trail of Tears 

* Samuel Houston 

* North Carolina gold

Page 3 has an article with a small head: "Gen. Houston" which has some speculation on why this former governor of Tennessee is leaving, ending with: "...They relate to domestic misfortunes. He has not only resigned the governor's chair of Tennesse... See More  

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18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisement...

Item #685553

August 06, 1798


* Rare 18th century American title

* Runaway slave advertisement

The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 11 illustrated ship ads and 1 slave related ad. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, light damp staining at a few areas, nice condition.... See More  

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Sea serpent sighting in 1850...

Item #685549

August 17, 1850

SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, New York, Aug. 17, 1850 

* Sea serpent - monster

* Kennebunkport, Maine

Page 7 has a small and discrete one column heading "The Sea Serpent Again" (see)

Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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A few neat illustrated advertisements...

Item #685349

* Illustrated advertisements

* Early 19th century original

The front page is filled with advertisements, including illustrated ads for a steam boat and at least eight illustrated ship ads. The back page has an ad for a stagecoach.

Four pages, generally in nice condition.

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Reno Gang members lynched...

Item #685307

July 22, 1868

NEW-YORK TIMES, July 22, 1868 

* Reno Gang brothers lynchings

* Train robbers - outlaws

Page 5 under "Lynch Law" is a report: "Three Express Robbers Hung by a Mob in Indiana" (see)

Complete with 8 pages, small piece torn away at the top, right corner of the first two leafs, nice condition.

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Exploring the Yellowstone... Westward expansion...

Item #685014

January 15, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 15, 1820 

* Yellowstone expedition - American frontier

Certainly the best is the lengthy report headed: "Expedition to the Yellow Stone" which has some great detail on this expedition, which is a very early report. The text takes over 3 pages and includes a half pg. chart headed: "Statement Showing the Movement of the Troops com... See More  

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A possible Mormon connection? Two influencing events?

Item #684989

April 05, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER Baltimore, April 5, 1823 An inside page has a brief report noting: "...that the society for meliorating the condition of the Jew, are now engaged in a negociation for 20,000 acres of land in the 'Genesee country' for a Jewish colony. Will the Jews work on it?"

In brief, this was an attempt by Elias Boudinot to create a land to be a refuge for converted... See More  

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Deaths of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Paine...

Item #684914
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1809

* Deaths of Joseph Haydn and Thomas Paine

The obituary listing inside includes: "At New York, the notorious Thomas Pain [sic]; whose death is an admonitory event; may the lesson that it inculcates be impressive..." & more. The opposing page has: "In Guppendorff, aged 76, Joseph Haydn, the celebrated composer... ju... See More  

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1843 sea serpent sighting ?...

Item #684906

October 07, 1843

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 1843 

* Sea serpent - monster

* Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Page 3 has an article: "The Sea Serpent" which reports its sighting near Cape Cod. Very descriptive, noting in part: "...Its form was that of an eel...The head was somewhat smaller than the body...judged the body to have been from 90 to 120 feet long..." ... See More  

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Spontaneous combustion of a drunkard...

Item #684887

July 23, 1830

CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE & JOURNAL, New York, July 23, 1830  Page 3 has a very curious article with a small heading: "Spontaneous Combustion of a Drunkard" with an interesting eye-witness account. Such an article certainly makes for an interesting conversation piece.

Four pages, some foxing, nice condition.

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Joseph Smith declares martial law in Nauvoo...

Item #684817

June 27, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 27, 1844  Page 3 has a brief yet notable item with a small heading: "Latest From the Mormons" and reporting: "...from Nauvoo we learn that Joe Smith had issued a proclamation declaring martial law. The greatest excitement prevailed in the neighborhood & the whole upper country was under arms. The streets of Warsaw were patrolle... See More  

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Nauvoo Mormon Temple described... Mormon troubles over the death of Joseph Smith...

Item #684812

July 18, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 18, 1844  The front page article is headed: "The Mormon Difficulties" which begins: "The St. Louis New Era thinks the Mormon war at an end...the Mormons are deeply wounded at the death of their leader and look for vengeance in some form..." with a bit more. 

The article continues with a description of Nauvoo, Illinois, w... See More  

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Destruction of the 'Nauvoo Expositor' by Joseph Smith... Early report of John Sutter...

Item #684811

June 25, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 25, 1844  The front page has one of those little gem reports collectors seek: very early mention of a name that would be notable years later.

Printed here is a letter which says in part: "...the following communication from J. A. Sutter, the Alcalde of the new town of New Helvetia, on the river Sacramento, one of the branches of the San Fra... See More  

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Founding of Guttenberg, Iowa...

Item #684802

October 01, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, Oct. 1, 1844 

* Guttenberg, Clayton County, Iowa founded

A page 3 article headed: "Prairie LaPorte" reports: "Two hundred or upwards of German families from Hamilton county, Ohio, have made a purchase of Prairie LaPorte, where they are now laying out a city. Prairie LaPorte is in Clayton County, Iowa, on the Mississippi. The site is sai... See More  

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Short-lived campaign newspaper supported the Whig party...

Item #684682

June 20, 1844

LOUISVILLE JOURNAL, EXTRA, Kentucky, June 20, 1844 

* Very rare publication

A quite rare and short-lived campaign newspaper which existed only to promote the Whig party cause in the 1844 election. This is issue #8 which was likely a run of just 27 issues printed from May 2 to December 5, 1844, as campaign newspapers typically ceased just following the election.

This title would resurre... See More  

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Bucks County - Negro voting discuseed...

A very early issue of this famous anti-slavery newspaper...

Item #684468

November 17, 1837

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, Nov. 17, 1837  It is rare to find such early issues of this famous anti-slavery title edited by William Lloyd Garrison. It began publication just 6 years earlier. The masthead features a woodcut engraving of a slave auction.

Much anti-slavery content as one might expect, including: "Refuge of Oppression - Bucks County - Negro Voting" "Slavery -... See More  

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Printing of the historic Fugitive Slave Act...James Hamlet, first victim of the Fugitive Slave Act...

Item #684272

October 05, 1850

SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, New York, Oct. 5, 1850 

* Fugitive Slave Act Law of 1850

* Passes the United States Congress

* Southern slave holders & Northern Free-Soilers

Page 7 has a very historic report headed: "The Fugitive Slave Law" which begins by noting the vote by which the controversial Act passed Congress--names included voting yea and nay--followed by the full text of... See More  

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Harper's Ferry Conspiracy... Prison and hanging of two conspirators...

Item #684072

December 31, 1859

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 31, 1959  The frontpage has a half page image of two John Brown's Raid (Harper's Ferry) conspirators, the caption which says: "Cook and Coppic escaped from their cell into the prison yard, the night previous to their execution". Additionally, page 6 has two articles: "COOK AND COPPIC ENDEAAVORING TO ESCAPE FROM THE JAI... See More  

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1851 Sandusky, Ohio....

Item #684030

September 22, 1851


* Erie County

* Uncommon title

This 4 page newspaper has news of the day with a few advertisements. Located in Northern Ohio, Sandusky is situated along the shores of Lake Erie.

Complete, measures 26 x 19 inches, several folds with a little wear, generally nice.

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Supporting William H. Harrison for President...

Item #683927

June 13, 1840

THE MADISONIAN, Washington City, June 13, 1840

* William Henry Harrison for president

This issue has on the inside page a political cartoon print of a log cabin (for Wm. H. Harrison) and a heraldic eagle engraving with "Harrison & Tyler" on a banner in the eagle's beak (see). Much political reporting.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Account of an 1812-1813 expedition from Louisiana through Texas...

Item #683900

August 28, 1819

THE WEEKLY REGISTER (Supplement), Baltimore, Aug. 28, 1819 

Page 42 begins: "Province of Texas", which includes a "brief history of an expedition in 1812 and 1813, from Louisiana into the Texas" and "The expedition carried on against the government of Spain in the Provine of Texas, which commenced in 1812, by a body of Americans, sided by malcontents in the co... See More  

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On the constitutionality of laws against slave trade...

Item #683867

December 28, 1858

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 28, 1858  Page 2 has an article taking fully 1 1/2 columns headed: "Constitutionality of the Laws Against the African Slave Trade". Keep in mind that the importation of slaves had been outlawed since 1808.

Page 3 has: "Liberia and the Slave Trade".

Four pages, light damp stain at the top, good condition. The folder siz... See More  

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Slaves delivered to America... Return of slaves from the "Echo" slave ship...

Item #683749

December 12, 1858

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 12, 1858  Page 4 has a brief, yet historic report with a small heading: "The Yacht Wanderer" with a Savannah dateline. This is an infamous ship, as the Wanderer's notoriety is that it (illegally) delivered the next-to last load of African slaves to America. It notes in part: "...succeeded in evading the vigilance of the cruisers & landed a cargo of... See More  

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