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Reporting the Mexican War and more...

Item #671932

July 08, 1847

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 8, 1847  The front page has: "Late From Vera Cruz" with news on the Mexican War taking over half a column. Inside includes: "The News From Mexico" "A Visit to Lake Superior" "A Faithful Negro" and more.

Four pages, some damp staining to the lower half, generally good.

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Exploring the Yellowstone... Westward expansion...

Item #671915

January 15, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 15, 1820  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 composing the Missouri & Mississippi Expedition in... See More  

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Jews are expelled... Kentucky's Mammoth Cave...

Item #671914

August 24, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 24, 1816

* Jews are expelled from Lubec

* Mammoth Caves of Kentucky described

One of the better items is a brief article headed: "Summary Notices of Events" which includes: "It is stated that the senate of the 'free city' of Lubec has ordered all the Jews settled there to leave it..." with a bit more, and ending with: &... See More  

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The death of poet James Montgomery...

Item #671893

December 18, 1851

THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 1851  Page 3 has a relatively lengthy obituary of James Montgomery, Scottish poet, hymnist, and newspaper editor. Known for his deep Christian faith and philanthropy, his death was reported in most major newspapers throughout the United States. See images for details.

Four pages, and other than dampstining, the issue is otherwise in good conditi... See More  

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Baseball game reports from before the Civil War...

Item #671872

October 25, 1856

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Oct. 25,1856 

* Very early pre-Civil War baseball

A nice sports-themed newspaper from before the Civil War, which has nearly half a column of various reports under the heading: "Base Ball". There are reports on 5 baseball games with commentary which would seem odd today. One item notes: "The Baltic boys confess this to be a bad ... See More  

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Early print of Pyramid Lake, Oregon...

Item #671843

March 29, 1851

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 29, 1851  The top of the front page features a nice print of: "Pyramid Lake, Oregon" which would seem to be one of the earlier prints of it to be found in any periodical. Beneath the print is very descriptive text.

Four pages, large folio size, 3 folds, mild wear at the folds & margins, good condition. Folder size noted is for the issu... See More  

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Print of the bluffs at Semla on the Mississippi...

Item #671842

April 26, 1851

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, April 26, 1851  The top of the front page features a print of: "The Bluffs of Semla, On the Mississippi" which was done by the famed artist John Banvard. The caption beneath talks of Banvard.

Four pages, large folio size, several folds with some creases as well, mild wear at the folds & margins. Folder size noted is for the issue folded ... See More  

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Early from the capital of Florida...

Item #671841

October 14, 1854

THE FLORIDIAN AND JOURNAL, Tallahassee, Florida, Oct. 14, 1854 

* Rare pre-Civil War publication

A nice & uncommon opportunity for a very early newspaper from the capital of Florida.

Very rarely are we able to find antebellum Florida newspapers, particularly from the capital. Formatted much like other newspapers of the day with various news reports both local & national, and a ... See More  

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Ballooning... Winslow Homer print...

Item #671738

September 24, 1859

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 24, 1859  The front page features a text article with 2 illustrations on 'Transatlantic Ballooning' showing 'Professor C. Lowe' and the 'Interior of the Balloon Basket' plus inside the issue is a full page illustration of: 'The New Air Ship City of New York'. The doublepage centerfold is by Winslow Homer and is entitled '... See More  

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Early print of the Town of St. Johns, Canada...

Item #671737

March 15, 1851

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 15, 1851  The top of the front page features a print showing a: "View Of St. Johns" on the island of Newfoundland. Beneath it is some descriptive text of the area.

Four pages, large folio size, never bound, folded twice with some creases, minimal margin & fold wear. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.... See More  

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Details on the capture of a slave ship...

Item #671735

May 18, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, May 18, 1860 

* Famous slaver "Wildfire" capture

* African slave trade print fame

Page 2 begins with: "The Slave Trade" "Additional Particulars  in Regard to the Bark Wildfire and Her Cargo" with the report taking over half a column.

The text begins: "The bark Wildfire, with a cargo of over 500 Africans on board, was captured...... See More  

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Reinventing the English language...

Item #671640

October 05, 1850

WECLI FONETIC ADVOCET, Sinsinati, O., Octobur 5, 1850 

* Rare publication

[Weekly Phonetic Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio]  This is one of the more curious newspapers of the 19th century.

During this time there was a movement afoot to create a new mode of writing & spelling: to spell words as they sounded, phonetically. Obviously it never caught on, but it did result in this unusu... See More  

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The code of umpiring in baseball...

Item #671627

January 02, 1858

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 2, 1858  A sporting newspaper with much on horse racing, but there is baseball content as well.

Inside has: "Base-Ball Correspondence" which provides some interesting commentary on officiating in the mid-19th century: "On practice days, the person who attempts the duties of umpire should give his decisions as fairly as his judgm... See More  

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The code of umpiring in baseball...

Item #671626

January 02, 1858

PORTER'S SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, Jan. 2, 1858  A sporting newspaper with much on horse racing, but there is baseball content as well.

Inside has: "Base-Ball Correspondence" which provides some interesting commentary on officiating in the mid-19th century: "On practice days, the person who attempts the duties of umpire should give his decisions as fairly as his judgm... See More  

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Horace Greeley's Overland Journey - Pike's Peak...

Item #671615

August 23, 1859


* Horace Greeley

* Go West, young man

* Emigration

Page 5 has the 20th installment of Horace Greeley's "An Overland Journey - XX. THE EMIGRATION", which has more than two columns on his observations during his visit to Pike's Peak and the surrounding region. Quite interesting. See images for considerable details.

The fro... See More  

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Jewish synagogue on Clinton Street...

Item #671585

May 07, 1853

ILLUSTRATED NEWS, New York, May 7, 1853

* Rare Jewish synagogue illustration

* Congregation Chasam Sopher

* Judaica - Jews
- Judaism

Formatted very much like Harper's Weekly although predating it by four years, with the masthead featuring a nice engraving of the New York skyline at the time. P.T. Barnum was a "Special Partner" in this publication.

Various illustrations with... See More  

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Brigham Young... Homer print...

Item #671500

September 03, 1859

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 3, 1859

* Brigham Young - Mormons

* Winslow Homer - West Point

Nice front page article and illustration: "Interview Between Brigham Young and Hon. Horace Greeley at Salt Lake City".

Inside has two gambling-themed illustrations; a very nice full page Winslow Homer print: "A Cadet Hop At West Point". Also a half page illustration: &quo... See More  

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Mr. Lincoln's personal habits, & more...

Item #671494

June 26, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, June 26, 1860 

* Pre-election Abraham Lincoln

* Personal description - Springfield

Page 5 has: "Our Springfield Correspondent" "Chroniclers of Glorious Deeds Around Lincoln--No Sensation Item to be Found--Sergeant-at-Arms Refuses to Pursue Lincoln--His Personal Habits--Style of his House--His Ability--Thurlow Weed's Pilgrimage to Springfield--Manufac... See More  

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Abraham Lincoln's position... Fugitive slave case...

Item #671470

January 30, 1861

NEW YORK TIMES, Jan. 30, 1861 

* Abraham Lincoln about to change America

Near the top of the front page is: "Important From Springfield" "The Position Of the President Elect" noting in part: "...stating that Mr. Lincoln had written to his Congressional friends recommending conciliatory may rest assured that in Abraham Lincoln they have a Repub... See More  

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First boat to traverse the new Erie Canal...

Item #671464

November 05, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 5, 1825 

* Early Erie Canal

* 1st boat - ship journey

Perhaps the most notable event reported is headed: "FROM BUFFALO" which tells of the first vessel--The Seneca Chief--to traverse the new Erie Canal. Although brief, the event was quite historic.

Other news found within include an early American execution, cannibalism, a mention ... See More  

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Sam Houston & Jim Bowie...

Item #671439

March 19, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER Baltimore, March 19, 1836 

* Jim Bowie & Samuel Houston

* Tampico expedition

The front page has a brief item noting: "The people of Texas are divided among themselves, and, it is said, that gen. Samuel Houston and col. James Bowie have been displaced from their commands in the army." Nice to have mention of both Houston & Bowie on the front ... See More  

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First portion of the Erie Canal opens...

Item #671434

October 18, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore,  Oct. 18, 1823 

* The Grand Opening of the Erie Canal

Perhaps the best item in this issue is the rather lengthy & historically significant report headed: "The Erie Canal--Meeting of The Waters" which takes 7 1/2 pages to detail the opening of the first part of this famous canal. The photos show just the beginning of the text whic... See More  

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President Monroe allows for Missouri statehood...

Item #671433

March 24, 1821

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 24, 1821 

* President James Monroe

* Missouri statehood

"Laws of the U. States" on an inside page has a "Resolution, Providing for the Admission of Missouri into the Union on a Certain Condition" beginning: "Resolved...That Missouri shall be admitted into the union on an equal footing with the original states... upon... See More  

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President Andrew Jackson on the independence of Texas...

Item #671432

December 31, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1836 

* Texas Revolution - Independence

* President Andrew Jackson message

Pages 3 & 4 contain a message from the President to Congress headed: "United States And Texas" in which he reviews the situation in Texas and its independence. A few bits include: "...No steps have been taken by the executive towards the acknowle... See More  

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William H. Harrison is elected President...

Item #671429

November 14, 1840

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 14, 1840  Page 2 has a report headed: "Presidential Election" which begins: "Sufficient returns are received to place the result beyond all question. It is now certain that William Henry Harrison will be elected president, and John Tyler, vice president of the United States..." with more, including a state-by-state chart of the... See More  

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Texas... Trouble on Wall Street...

Item #671428

December 14, 1844

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 14, 1844  The back page features a report on the "Annexation of Texas" which begins: "On the 10th instant Senator McDuffie, introduced into the United States senate joint resolutions for the annexation of Texas to the Union, corresponding with the project of the treaty for that purpose rejected at the last session  by the senat... See More  

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An imprisoned Santa Ana wants to negotiate with Andrew Jackson...

Item #671426

January 21, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 21, 1837  The back page features a lengthy letter signed by: Antonio Lopez De Santa Ana to President Andrew Jackson, in which he mentions his current imprisonment and a desire to negotiate a peace between Mexico & the United States. This is followed by the response of the President, signed in type: Andrew Jackson.

Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inc... See More  

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The "Trail of Tears"... The new Liberty Seated dime...

Item #671425

July 29, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 29, 1837  The front page has an article: "Removal of  the Chickasaws" which is about the "Trail of Tears" which offers some detail including: "...They presented a handsome appearance being nearly all mounted...well dressed in their national costume...Not a drunken Indians, we believe, was seen in the company...".

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Death & funeral ceremonies of Andrew Jackson...

Item #671419

July 05, 1845

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, July 5, 1845 

* President Andrew Jackson death

Near the back are several pages on the death & funeral of President Andrew Jackson, including: "Honors to Ex-President Jackson" which begins: "At the city of Washington the funeral ceremonies were observed on the 27th...". Also: "Mr. Webster's Remarks" and "... See More  

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New weapon is created... A stowaway slave case...

Item #671418

October 15, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 15, 1836  Content includes: "Another Slave Case" concerning a runaway slave; "War In Florida" with the Indians; "The Hindoo Exhibition" and more.

The back page has: "New Weapon" with the report stating: "We have been...shown one of the most awfully destructive weapons, made by gen. Houston's orders, ... See More  

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The Rothchild family... Virginia slaves... Texas...

Item #671417

October 08, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 8, 1836  The bottom of the ftpg. has a brief report: "Mexico and Texas" which begins: "Advices...that on the 20th, gen. Urrea issued a violent proclamation against the Texians and Americans, grounded on the supposition that the United States government had acknowledged the independence of Texas & sent troops to its assistance...&q... See More  

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Last survivor of John Paul Jones' crew from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671411

December 31, 1842

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, December 31, 1842  The back page has an item: "The Last of The Crew of Paul Jones" which concern the death of Thomas Chase, the last survivor of the crew of John Paul Jones: "...when engaged with two British ships of War..." and noting his hearing was impaired: "...having been injured by the concussion by the guns...having exte... See More  

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The Bowie knife outlawed in Tennessee...

Item #671410

February 17, 1838

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, February 17, 1838  Among the various reports in this famous newspaper is a back page item which notes: "The legislature of the state of Tennessee adjourned on Monday...The Bill to suppress the sale and use of bowie knives deserves to be reckoned among the most salutary acts passed by the ...assembly...Its provisions will effectually stay the... See More  

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Gallipolis, Ohio... The Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians...

Item #671376

September 21, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 21, 1816  Nearly a full page has: "Gallipolis, Ohio" which provides a brief but historic background of this community.

Two separate articles illustrate a great contrast on relationships between various Indian Tribes and the new settlers: "Chickasaw Notice" and "Huntsville, (M.T.)". The former is a letter from William ... See More  

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First rabbi to lead prayer in Congress...

Item #671374

February 02, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 2, 1860 

* First Rabbi to lead prayer in Congress 

* Judaica - Jewish - Jews

The front page has proceedings of the first session of the "Thirty Sixth Congress" and included is a brief but very historic account about the first time the proceedings were opened with a prayer by a rabbi.

The account headed "Impressive Address To The Throne of Grac... See More  

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Detailed history on the troubles in the Mediterranean...

Item #671333

April 27, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 27, 1816  The first 4 pages are almost entirely taken up with: "Naval History - Account of the Operations of the American Squadron under Commodore Decatur, Against Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli", in their region where there had been on-going problems with piracy.

This is followed by 1 1/2 pages on: "The Mediterranean" being a det... See More  

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City Hall Park baseball... Syrian massacres...

Item #671329

October 27, 1860

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 27, 1860

* Baseball games in New York's City Hall Park causing strife

* The Billiard Tournament at Lynch's Billiard Rooms

* Syrian Massacres

The front page has news from Europe telling of Syrian massacres. A backpage report gives details regarding a Billiards Tournament at Lynch's Billiard Rooms at Union Square (with mention of the famous match betwe... See More  

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Launch of the Merrimac...

Item #671293

July 14, 1855

BALLOU'S PICTORIAL, Boston, July 14, 1855 

* USS Merrimack launching

* CSS Virginia ironclad warship fame

* Battle of Hampton Roads fame

The front page has a nice print captioned: "Launch of the U.S. Steamer Merrimac..." with a related article. This was the ship that would letter be refitted to become the ironclad ship in the Confederate navy and would engage the Monitor... See More  

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The Monroe Doctrine...

Item #671287

December 06, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec.  6, 1823 

* The complete Monroe Doctrine

* United States foreign policy

An inside page has the "President's Message" being James Monroe's annual address to Congress. Part of his message contains the historic language warning European powers not to get involved in any affairs in the western hemisphere. This direc
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Great item on Dickinson College in Carlisle...

Item #671278

February 25, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Feb. 25, 1803 

* Very early Dickinson College

* Advertisement for admission

The back page has a terrific & quite detailed notice headed: "DICKINSON COLLEGE" which details the stringent requirements of the students, and that: "...trustees & professors are equally solicitous that the seminary should be placed on a respect... See More  

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Rare period print of the yacht America after having just won the famous race...

Item #671223

October 25, 1851

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1851 

* 1st America's Cup race

* Schooner Yacht "America"

The front page features a nice print of the yacht: "The America", which to our knowledge is the only period print of the racing yacht America having just won the historic race against 14 other competitors. A similar print appears is the Illus. London News ... See More  

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The Henry Clay monument which was never built...

Item #671155

September 08, 1855

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 8, 1855  The ftpg. has a print and article on: "The New Clay Monument, Lexington, Kentucky" but it is not the version which was ultimately dedicated two years later. This version is much more elaborate than that which can be visited today.

Four pages, very large size, folded 3 times with wear at the folds. The folder size noted is for the ... See More  

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Constitution for the new state of Alabama...

Item #671061

September 18, 1819

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, A consecutive pair of issues dated Sept. 18 and 25, 1819 

* New state of Alabama Constitution

Typically, prior to formally becoming a state of the union a territorial government needs to create and approve a Constitution that would not be in conflict with the federal Constitution.

Printed in these two issues in its entirety is the "Constituti... See More  

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Electoral votes counted: Monroe the winner...

Item #671038

February 19, 1817

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston,  Feb. 19, 1817 

* President James Monroe

* Presidential election win

A page 2 report datelined "Washington, Feb. 13, 1817" reports: "According to the provisions of the Constitution, the votes given by the Electors...were yesterday the presence of the Senators and Representatives in Congress, and it was officially proclaimed b... See More  

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Latest information from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671007

March 24, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 24, 1849  Page 3 has: "The Gold Region" with the latest from the California gold rush. A few bits include: "...Emigrants were flocking in by the next August 1200,000 persons would have entered California...almost every one not engaged in gold digging was preparing to go to the mines in the Spring...At San Francisco real ... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671005

October 20, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 1849  Page 2 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...The Sacramento still yields a good dividend of something like ten to fifteen dollars a day to all industrious laborers...The Feather River, where the finest gold has been found, is yet a favorite stream among the diggers...About 3,000 persons are now engag... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671004

September 29, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 29, 1849  Page 2 has: "California" with the latest news, bits including: "...has been one of the fortunate 'hunters' having accumulated during his short sojourn in California between 11,000 and 12,000 dollars worth of the 'stuff'...".

Much more on the gold rush with subheads: "The Climate and Soil" "... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671003

September 22, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 22, 1849 

* California Gold Rush

* 49ers - mining - miners

Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...The Empire City brings over $600,000 in species and gold dust...An attack had been made by a party of rowdy Americans in San Francisco...emigrants from Missouri...are now arriving daily...In the gold... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush... Lake Pontchartrain...

Item #671002

September 01, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1849  Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: " is to be obtained only by hard labor, in large quantities. I saw a number who came from the 'diggins' with from two to three thousand dollars and a ruined constitution from exposure and an unhealthy climate. Labor is uncommonly high...Sailors ... See More  

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Early and rare from Florida... Much on the Mexican War...

Item #670999

May 22, 1847

THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Florida, May 22, 1847 

* Rare pre-Civil War title

* Mexican War

Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, six years before the Civil War.

Over half of the ftpg. is taken up with reports from Congress including several Acts, Proclamations and ... See More  

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