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693059

John Hart remains as colonial governor of Maryland.,,

Item #693059

February 08, 1715

THE POST BOY, London, England, Feb. 8, 1714-5 (1715 by today's calendar)  



* John Hart (colonial administrator)

* Royal Governor of Maryland

* Nice masthead engravings




The top of page 3 has: "The 4th of this instant February, his Majesty was graciously pleased (upon an humble petition of the Hon. Benedict-Leonard Calvert, Esq; the next Protestant heir to the Proprietorship o... See More  

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121028

From before George Washington was born...

Item #121028
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, London, 1730  See the photo  for an example of this title from our archives. A "typical" newspaper from this period--from before George Washington was born. As the title would suggest, there are many advertisements, some quite fascinating. Also a partial red-inked tax stamp. An archival repair at the spine margin.

Note that the photo is "generic"... See More  

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121035

George Washington was just 2 years old...

Item #121035
THE COUNTRY JOURNAL, OR THE CRAFTSMAN, London, 1734  A nice "typical" newspaper from England from  when George Washington was just two years old. Various news of the day and many ads, a few of which have small illustrations.

Complete in 4 pages & measures 10 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches, nice condition. The photo below  is "generic" but the issue you receive will ha... See More  

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$42.00
669851

One of the earliest newspapers from the colonies...

Item #669851

April 03, 1735

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, April 3, 1735 



* Earliest of American newspapers

* Very early & rare




As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1735. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the very first newspaper in all of the Middle Coloni... See More  

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697098

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #697098

April 30, 1743

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston,  April 30, 1743  This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even this title lasted but a few short years.

As the subtitle reads: "Containing Accounts of the Propagation & Revival of Religion in Great Britain & America", th... See More  

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653754

The Great Awakening... Christian revival in New-Londonderry, PA...

Item #653754

May 21, 1743

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, Massachusetts, May 21, 1743



* Rare colonial periodical



This was the first successful magazine in America although formatted unlike typical magazines. It was exclusively a chronicle of the Great Awakening in America, exclusively of secular news reports. It was preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin... See More  

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645581

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #645581

March 10, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, Massachusetts, March 10, 1743,4  (year noted as such as it was 1743 or 1744 depending on which calendar was used).



* Very rare 18th century magazine

* 1st successful magazine in America




This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even this t... See More  

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681106

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #681106

April 14, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, April 14, 1744 



* Very rare 18th century magazine

* 1st successful magazine in America




This was the first successful magazine in America although formatted unlike typical magazines. It was exclusively a chronicle of the Great Awakening in America, exclusively of secular news reports. It was preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of iss... See More  

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690181

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #690181

April 28, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, April 28, 1744 



* Rare colonial periodical



This was the first successful magazine in America although formatted unlike typical magazines. It was exclusively a chronicle of the Great Awakening in America, exclusively of secular news reports. It was preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even ... See More  

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689656

Great foldout map of Genoa, Italy... Early Ben Franklin item...

Item #689656
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1747  



* 18th Century Genoa, Italy map

* "The Speech of Polly Baker"

* Early Benjamin Franklin story




Inside includes the well-known Ben Franklin item: "Speech of Molly Baker". To date, this is the earliest Ben Franklin appearance in a Gentleman's Magazine and perhaps within any British publication, as c
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671792

Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod experiment...

Item #671792
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1752 



* Benjamin Franklin

* Electricity experiments

* Lightning rod




Inside has an extremely significant article titled: "A Cut and Description of a Machine, easily constructed, for making the Experiment by which Franklin's new Theory of Thunder is demonstrated" with descriptive text showing how this experiment works. E
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697413

Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment...

Item #697413
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1752



* Benjamin Franklin's famous kite experiment described



Inside has a terrific account of a legendary event in history--the famous kite experiment conducted by Benjamin Franklin. Note there is even mention of Franklin's name on the title page.

The article, datelined "Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1752", begins by mentioning the r... See More  

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676502

Benjamin Franklin receives an award...

Item #676502
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1753 



* Benjamin Franklin received Copley Medal

* Experiments and Observations on Electricity




Near the back of this issue is a small & inconspicuous item reading: "At the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society the prize medal of gold was voted to Ben Franklyn, Esq. of Maryland, for his electrical discoveries."   ... See More  

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681445

Benjamin Franklin receives an award...

Item #681445
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1753  Near the back is a small & inconspicuous item reading: "At the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society the prize medal of gold was voted to Ben Franklyn, Esq. of Maryland, for his electrical discoveries."  

Note that not only did they spell his name wrong but they have his home colony wrong.

At the back is the &q... See More  

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688741

An award in Ben Franklin's honor... Indians kidnap several colonists...

Item #688741
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1753 



* The Copley medal of the Royal Society

* Benjamin Franklin electricity experiments




Of particular interest is: "Annual Medal of the Royal Society" which has Ben Franklin's name on it. There is related text noting: "...This mark of distinction is double due to Mr. Franklin. It is due to him as a philosopher; it is ... See More  

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676541

Poem to Ben Franklin with lightning rod reference...

Item #676541
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1754 



* A poem to Benjamin Franklin

* Mention of his lightning rod




Near the back is a half page poem titled: "To Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Philadelphia, on his Experiments and Discoveries in Electricity" which is dated from "Cooper River, S. Carolina, Sept. 20, 1753".

At the bottom of the poem are two footnotes, one... See More  

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694072

George Washington at age 22... Great map of America...

Item #694072
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1754 



* Great American colonies mid-18th century map

* Future general & president George Washington 




Inside has the continuation of an Account of the Encroachments made by the French on the British Settlements in America. In the account are the various measures taken by the British to prevent the encroachments, incl
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676552

New colony of Georgia... Regarding Franklin's lightning rod... Judaica...

Item #676552
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1756 



* Benjamin Franklin

* Lightning rod - electricity

* Early Georgia colony




Regarding America... There is an article near the front: "Account of American Affairs" which is continued from a previous issue & includes talk on "New Forts in America".

There is also a detailed account of Oglethorpe's English... See More  

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683352

Early map of the Caribbean Islands...

Item #683352
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1756  The first two pages are devoted to the "Caribee Islands" [Caribbean] primarily limited to text on Barbadoes.

But of greater significance is the great and desirable foldout map labeled: "A Map of the CARIBBEE ISLANDS Shewing which belong to England, France, Spain, Dutch, & Danes...". This map folds out to 8 1/2 by 13 1/2 ... See More  

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656526

George Washington makes the front page... Jewish colony in the East Indies...

Item #656526
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1757  The first 2 1/2 pages have reports from the French & Indian War in America, including five letters written by General Braddock datelined Williamsburgh and Alexandria. In the introductory comments on the first page is mention that: "...concerning the territories in America mention'd in the treaty of Utrecht; of several Indian traders se... See More  

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676690

Death of composer George F. Handel... George Washington in the French & Indian War... Foldout maps...

Item #676690
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1759  



* Death of Handel (music composer)

* Very early George Washington




Near the back is an inconspicuous yet very significant report on the death of famed composer George Frederick Handel.

Under the heading: "List of Deaths for the Year 1759" is an entry reading: "Geo. Fred. Handel, Esq; a great musician. He was born in Ger... See More  

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687150

An early, handsome issue from the colonies... Nice Ben Franklin content...

Item #687150

July 05, 1762

THE BOSTON EVENING-POST, July 5, 1762 



* Rare colonial publication

* Benjamin Franklin




A very handsome issue with an ornate coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead.

Page 2 has a nice, early item on Ben Franklin with an Oxford dateline: "Yesterday Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Pennsylvania, eminent for his many extraordinary improvements in electrical experiments, was presented by t... See More  

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687574

Marriage of Ben Franklin's daughter... Colonists distressed by duties..

Item #687574

January 19, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 19, 1768  Page 2 has a letter from Pittsburgh mentioning: "It is feared here that an Indian war will break out in the Spring...on an act of hostility committed by a party of Indians on their return to their settlements among the six nations, from an unsuccessful war in which they had been engaged with the Cherokees...they plundered & murdered ten of... See More  

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681266

Government's role in the public welfare vs. debt...

Item #681266

May 14, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, May 14, 1768  Inside is an interesting article on the role of Government and Providence in relation to public welfare and government debt.  It begins: "The political disease seems to be near a crisis...". Several hundred years later the topic continues to be at the forefront of public discourse. 

Also within is a mention of "A Portugal Merchant&... See More  

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679116

Colonial Boston, with the Supplement issue attached...

Item #679116

June 06, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, June 6, 1768 



* Pre Revolutionary War tensions



Under reports from London is: "...Letters from Boston, New England, mention that the late public spirit for establishing new manufactures was greatly subsided, the adventurers having met with nothing but disappointments in procuring materials, scarcity of money, & high price of wages." Else... See More  

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687381

Imports, exports... Yankee Doodle...

Item #687381

March 06, 1769

THE PENNSYLVANIA CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 6, 1769  



* Early Yankee Doodle song mention

* Importation - exportation tensions




The front page has an interesting article about: "...George being now master of the ceremonies made the music play just as he pleased; and one night...he swore he would exhibit to the company a dance which had never been attem... See More  

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687367

Paul Revere engraving... Great Non-Importation Agreement content...

Item #687367

January 08, 1770

THE BOSTON GAZETTE, Jan. 8, 1770 



* Famous Paul revere masthead engraving

* Pre-Revolutionary War John Hancock




This newspaper, from this era, is famous for the patriotic engraving in the masthead--engraved by Paul Revere--which shows the liberty figure setting the "dove of peace" free from its restraining cage over the skyline of Boston. This Revere engraving was used for a l... See More  

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688743

Plan (print) for a colonial town... Canton (Guangzhou), China...

Item #688743
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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688744

A layout for a colonial town... Canton (Guangzhou), China...

Item #688744
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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688742

Troubles in America... A colonial town plan print...

Item #688742
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it.

A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&
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687192

A great rarity: an early volume one issue of the Massacuhsetts Spy...

Item #687192

October 09, 1770

THE MASSACHUSETTS SPY, (Boston), October 9, 1770  



* Very early famous 18th century publication

* Volume 1 issue - Isaiah Thomas as publisher




This innocuous looking newspaper is arguably the most famous of all American titles of the 18th century. It began in July, 1770, this being issue number 29. It is exceedingly rare to find this title from the first year of publication.

The famed... See More  

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687194

Likely the most desired masthead from the 18th century...

Item #687194

October 23, 1770

THE MASSACHUSETTS SPY, Or Thomas's Boston Journal, October 27, 1774  It would be difficult to properly place both the scarcity and desirability of this newspaper in the confect of American history. This issue has the famous "Join Or Die" engraving stretching across the masthead.

In the same way that the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" issue of the Chicago Tribune is com... See More  

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567722

Events in Charlestown, SC - pre-Battle of Alamance...

Lead-up to the Revolutionary War...

Item #567722
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1771  Near the back is a full page headed "American Affairs" which includes: "Charles-Town, May 8. The General Assembly of the province of Georgia, met at Savannah on the 23d past. On the 24th the new elected Commons House of Assembly unanimously re-chose the Hon. Noble Wimberly Jones, Esq; for their Speaker; but he being disapproved ... See More  

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687196

Paul Revere engraved the masthead... Battle of Alamance...

Item #687196

January 23, 1772

THE MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THOMAS'S BOSTON JOURNAL, Boston, Jan. 23, 1772  This newspaper published by the famed Isaiah Thomas is undoubtedly one of the more significant & notable titles of the Revolutionary War era. An ardent patriot, Thomas was a constant target of the Royalist government. He began his newspaper in Boston but upon British occupation of the city in 1775, rather than ce... See More  

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$870.00
679779

Sam Adams is selected...

Item #679779

July 21, 1772

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 21, 1772 



* Samuel Adams chosen for clerk

* House of Representatives

* Pre Revolutionary War era




Page 6 contains a report from a Boston letter concerning political events in that town, and which mentions "...the House then made choice of Mr. Samuel Adams for their clerk...". The article goes on to report other political happenings, taking ... See More  

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687218

Tarring & feathering for villains...

Item #687218

February 11, 1774

CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, Feb. 11, 1774 



* Pre Revolutionary War

* Tarring and Feathering




The front page has a brief item: "We hear that the Hon. John Hancock, Esq., is appointed to deliver the ORATION in commemoration of the Bloody Tragedy on the 5th of March 1770." which was the Boston Massacre.

Page 2 begins with a report of a man being tarred & f... See More  

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569699

Prelude to the Revolutionary War...

Item #569699
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 28, 1774  Most of the front page is a report headed: "The Journal of a Voyage...for making Discoveries towards the North Pole by the Hon. Commodore Phipps..." (see for beginning). 

A full column on pg. 2 has reports from Boston (see) concerning strained relationships with England, and mentioning Ben Franklin (see). This is followed by a lette... See More  

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681728

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #681728

November 16, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, November 16, 1774  If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of this newspaper, shows a snake cut into various pieces, each with a
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692301

Ben Franklin's famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #692301

November 30, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, November 30, 1774 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead o
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677502

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #677502

December 07, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 7, 1774 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption. 

The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead
... See More  

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673309

Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #673309

April 05, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 



* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon



If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of th
... See More  

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687295

On the Battle of Bunker Hill... Washington named commander-in-chief.. So much more....

Item #687295

July 05, 1775

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & THE NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, July 5, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill - Charlestown

* Siege of Boston, Massachusetts

* George Washington named commander

* American Revolutionary War

* Terrific issue w/ many reports




Nice engraving in the masthead of a post boy on horseback.

The front page has a letter from an officer in General Gage's regiment heading for ... See More  

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697280

Two accounts of the Battle of Bunker Hill, and two of Washington being named commander-in-chief... Thanks to Patrick Henry...

Item #697280

July 07, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 7, 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. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title from colonial Virginia, as any experienced collector is aware.

Simply a terrific issue, containing repor... See More  

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691875

Two accounts of Bunker Hill, Washington becomes commander-in-chief, so much more. In a Virginia newspaper...

Item #691875

July 14, 1775

VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 14, 1775 



* Battle of Bunker Hill (2 accounts) - Siege of Boston

* George Washington becomes Commander-in-Chief




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. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title... See More  

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692362

A "call to arms" for Londoners in support of America

Item #692362

September 27, 1775

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Sept. 27, 1775 



* American Revolutionary War



The front page has some reports on the actions of Major Rogers in Maryland & Virginia. Also mention of work of the Virginia Provincial Convention. Plus a report of a soldier: "...who\ is on his parole in Gen. Wooster's camp. This person having been observed to follow at a distance, a load of po... See More  

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$685.00
687385

Congress responds to the King's Proclamation that the colonies are in open rebellion...

Item #687385

December 21, 1775

THE NEW-ENGLAND CHRONICLE or the ESSEX GAZETTE, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dec. 21, 1775  



* King Charles III of England

* American colonies in rebellion

* U.S. Congress addresses conflict

* American Revolutionary War




Certainly the most historic content is found on page 3, being Congress' response to the King's proclamation of August 23 in which he refused to receive the conc... See More  

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$1,925.00
667176

Provincial Congress meeting...

Item #667176

December 23, 1775

PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Dec. 23, 1775 



* Meeting of a Provincial Congress

* Early Revolutionary War




Front page report mentions the meeting of a Provincial Congress in Charlestown, South Carolina. Interesting ftpg. letter concerning a runaway slave on board a British ship. Pg. 2 has political reports from New York & Philadelphia, including mention that
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687419

Terrific discussions on the value of independence from England... Confirmation Howe has evacuated Boston...

Item #687419

March 30, 1776

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, March 30, 1776



* Rare Revolutionary War era title

* Tory issue from Pennsylvania


* Great year to have (1776)




This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city.

The entire front page and a portion of the back page are filled with a terri... See More  

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667954

Colonies wish to declare themselves "free and independent"...

Item #667954
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1776 



* American Independence

* John Hancock (1776)




It is rare to find newspapers or magazines with the magical date of "July, 1776". Here is one.

The first article is: "Debate on the American Restraining Bill" with has much interesting reading and takes six pages. There are also 3 pages of text on events in America, includin... See More  

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$575.00
681282

The Declaration of Independence, and more...

Item #681282
THE UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, London, England, complete bound volume of six months for July thru December, 1776 plus the Supplement issue as well.



* Original Declaration of Independence... the complete text

* As reported from Great Britain

* Entire bound volume intacted




It would be difficult to argue for a more important document in American history than the Declaration of Independence. It remai... See More  

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$4,150.00
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