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NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, December 28, 1850
* Fugitive slave case
Pages 4 & 5 have over a column taken up with an article headed: "Alleged Slave Case" with various subheads, concerning the case of fugitive slave Henry Long, about whom much is written on the web. Much detail, as this was from the beginning of the very controversial Fugitive Slave Act.
Eight pages, ver... See More
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, DC, Oct. 30, 1851 Page 3 has: "The Treaty with the Prairie Indians" noting: "The Treaty was concluded and signed by the Commissioners and Indians on the 17th September. It guaranties to the latter the payment of $50,000 annually, in money or goods, for fifty years, upon their faithful compliance during that time with the terms of the treaty.... See More
FREDERICK DOUGLASS' PAPER, Rochester, New York, August 13, 1852
* Extremely rare title
We are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare--and highly desirable--newspaper by the famed Frederick Douglass. This weekly title is the continuation of his newspaper "North Star" which began in 1847.
Douglass was perhaps the most famous 19th century African-American abolitionist who ... See More
NEW-YORK DAILY TIMES, August 27, 1852
* Charles Sumner's 1st major speech before the Senate (excerpts)
* Decries the Fugitive Slave Act - references public reaction to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as support
On August 26, 1852, the newly elected senator, Charles Sumner, in defiance of strenuous efforts to the contrary, delivered his 1st major speech before the Senate, taking over ... See More
NEW YORK OBSERVER, May 5, 1853
* England celebrates Harriet Beecher Stowe & "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
* Treatment of Indians in California
Page 6 has under the title, "Reception of Mrs. Stowe in England," details concerning her trip to England - which includes the address made in her honor, and the response given by her husband on her behalf. Included is an intriguing ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, July 27, 1853
* Slaves - slavery
The front page has: "The Fugitive Slave Case--The Health of the City, etc." being the slave case of Bill Fisher. This report takes three-quarters of a column and includes: "...as soon as the marshal drove off with the slave, a number of them followed the carriage. The friends of the slave will follow him, probably, t... See More
THE NEW ORLEANS DAILY DELTA, Louisiana, Sept. 10, 1854
* Rare antebellum publication
* 3 slave advertisements
News of the day with several advertisements including 3 slavery related ads on page 2..
Four pages, various news of the day, a little wear, generally nice.
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
THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 21, 1855
* Fugitive slave law
* Pre prison sentence
The first column on the front page has a report: "Seizure of Slaves at Philadelphia" with is early reporting on the famous fugitive slave case involving Passmore Williamson, a prominent abolitionist, and the slaves he freed owned by John Wheeler. This report notes that the hearing for Wi... See More
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Dec. 22, 1855 The ftpg. shows: "Sunken Schooner Eudora, From City Island" with more relate prints inside including; "The Eudora Tragedy--Arrest of the Negro" and "Burning of the Steamers at Memphis". Also a print of: "Greytown, Nicaragua" "Explosion of a Steam Fire-Engine, Cincinnati" a doublepg. cent... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 9, 1856 Page 5 has: "An Interesting Slave Case" concerning: "...a young colored woman & her children claimed as slaves..." and what follows are the details of a very fascinating case.
Eight pages, very nice condition.
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 27, 1856
* Pre Civil War slavery
* African slave trade
Page 7 has: "The New York Slave Trade - Seizure & Condemnation of the General Pierce" with the lengthy article providing much detail on the capture of the slave ship.
Also: "From Fort Kearny" has a report on a skirmish with Cheyenne Indians.... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 13, 1856
* Origin of the expression "Bleeding Kansas"
This issue contains a notable first mention of a term which would come to define the conflict within the country in the years just prior to the Civil War, and indeed, would help lead to the divide that would take another 9 years and tens of thousands of lost lives to resolve.
"Bleeding Kansas... See More
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Sept. 27, 1856 A lengthy article titled: "Sketches In the Free & Slave States of America" includes two pages filled with ten related prints, most showing African-Americans. A few are captioned: "Negro Expulsion From Railway Car, Philadelphia" "Slaves Waiting for Sale, Virginia" "The Negro Reveille, Charleston" ... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 31, 1857 Early from the first year (issue #5) with relatively few illustrations, but including a nice one of; "Dr. Livingstone, the African Explorer". Also is an article "Walker and Nicaragua". A few scenes from Russia. "More Insanity" showing several cures.
Complete in 16 pages, in very good condition (as shown), an... See More
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 7, 1857
* Historic Dred Scott Decision
* Famous former slave case
A very historic issue as page 5 has an article headed: "The Dred Scott Case Decided". This text takes about a half a column and includes the historic ruling by the Supreme Court, which begins: "The opinion of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case was delivered by Chief Justice T... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 21, 1857 An article entitled "Welcome to Horace Vernet" features a small illustration of him as well as a drawing by him which contains his autograph with date. Contains ten illustrations of Bermuda and its people in this article headed: 'A Cruise To the Somers Islands'. Few other illustrations, still being an early volume one issue.
Co... See More
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., April 24, 1857 Page 3 has a report from Cincinnati noting in part: "The Ohio Legislature...passed a bill making it a penitentiary offence to claim or hold slaves in Ohio, or undertake to carry away from the state as a slave any person of color. This is intended to prevent the operation of the Dred Scott decision..." and more.
Also a ... See More
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 4, 1857
* Spirit Lake Massacre - Sioux Indians - Iowa
Page 3 has a detailed article: "Capture of An American Slaver" which has much detail on the capture of a slave ship. Great reading.
Also on page 3 is an even lengthier article: "the Indian Difficulties" "Official Account of the Agent of the Sioux Indians&q... See More
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., May 13, 1857
* John Anderson vs. Henry Poindexter
The top of page 3 has a column headed: "Important Slave Case In Ohio" which is the notable Anderson vs. Poindexter case in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Henry Poindexter, the slave of John Anderson in Campbell County, Kentucky, was given his freedom by the Supreme Court of Ohio. In 18... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 18, 1857 The front page has a half page illustration of: 'Hebron', being an overview of the city with the accompany article 'Travel Notes in Bible Lands'. Also small front page illustration of: 'Pilgrims Bathing in the Jordan'.
Inside has 9 small prints regarding: 'The Siamese--The Franks of Asia'. A full page illustration ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, July 28, 1857
* Slaver Panchita case
Page 2 has an article headed: "THE SLAVE-TRADE" "Curious Case Of The Panchita" and more. Text takes up over four columns.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, otherwise nice.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, September 12, 1857 Fine front page illustration plus an article on: "The New York Stock Board In Session" being a fine and early graphic on the Stock Exchange. "Barth's Travels in North and Central Africa" features several illustrations. "Flirtation at Newport" article features several small illustrations. The "Home the Am... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 6, 1857 Page 2 has over half a column headed: "Reopening of the Slave-trade the Only Means of Securing the Power of Slavery" being a lengthy letter by L.W. Spratt of Charleston. This is followed by: "Kansas and Its Relation to This Subject--Political Power of Slavery" which was a very contentious issue in Kansas at this time.
Eight pages, bitr irregu... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, December 5, 1857
* Fugitive slave case
* Pre-Civil War
The front page has an article headed: "Fugitive Slave Case in Indiana" See image for text.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 1857
* President James Buchanan
* State of the Union Address
* Best title to be had - rare a such
A portion of the front page and most of page 2 are taken up with: "The President's Message" which was the annual state-of-the-union address of the President to the nation, signed in type at its conclusion: James Buchan... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, December 19,1857 Front half-page illustration of "General Sir Henry Havelock at the Head of His Staff." Inside two illustrations of dogs including "The Great American Dog, 'Prince' and 'Bill' the London Fire-Escape Dog." Two illustrations pertaining to "Travel Notes in Bible Lands" including "The Tomb of Saint ... See More
NEW YORK HERALD, March 6, 1858
* African slave trade resumes
* Southern States pass bill (Louisiana)
Page 4 has an article headed: "Revival of the African Slave Trade in the Southern States". the article includes: "Some of our n****r worshiping contemporaries have started off upon a new scent. A bill has been passed by the Louisiana House...authorizing the importation i... See More
NEW YORK HERALD, March 8, 1858.
* USS Frigate Niagara
* Cable laying across the Atlantic Ocean
Front page has: "Departure Of The Niagara", "The Present Prospects and Condition of The Atlantic Telegraph Enterprise", "Is it Possible to Lay a Submarine Cable Across the Atlantic?", "The Reasons why it is Believed to be Practicable",&
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, March 13, 1858 The front page article "French Court Fashions" features a "Costumes of the Court of the Emperor of the French" illustration. "Travel Notes in Bible Lands" features a half-page "Landing at Smyrna". "The Approach to Canton" includes a map "Chart of Pearl River, showing the Position, at Last Acc... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1858 Large front page illustration of "Hon. James S. Green, United States Senator From Missouri." Inside are many large illustrations pertaining to "The Final Capture of Lucknow" including "The Martiniere," "The Residency," "Plan of the City of Lucknow," "Lucknow, from the Residency," and &... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 29, 1858 The front page shows: 'Hon. William M Gwin, of California'. 'Travel notes in Bible Lands' features 'Plain and Ruins of Sardis'. 'The Great Bell Crevasse' just above New Orleans shows 3 scenes. Nice full page illustrations of 'Battle of the Waxhaws, May 29, 1780' and 'The Storming of Ft. George, May ... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, June 3, 1858
* The African slave trade
* P.T. Barnum's letter to the editor
The front page has an article headed: "The Slave-Trade And The American Flag". See image for text. Page four has an interesting letter to the editor entitled: "The Mammoth Opera Scheme", signed in type by P.T. Barnum.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a ... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 12, 1858 The front page article "A Visit to Captain Howes, of The Schoonoer 'Mobile'" also features a half-page illustration "The British Officer Boarding the 'Mobile' and a smaller illustration 'Side of the 'Mobile,' Showing the Mark of the Rifle-Ball". A text article on "Luncan's Light". "... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 17, 1858 A front page illustration and article 'Rev. Henry Ward Beecher'. An article "The Boat and The Train" features two half page illustrations: 'Going On Board' and 'Waiting for the Train'. 'The Late Eruption of Vesuvius' features a half page illustration of the same plus a smaller illustration "A Crater i... See More
THE NEW YORK HERALD, Maine, Nov. 12, 1858
* The African slavery trade - slaves
Page 4 has two brief reports on the capture of2 slavers, one off the coast of Charleston and another off of Cuba. (see)
Eight pages, nice condition.
NEW YORK HERALD, December 12, 1858
* The Wanderer (slave ship) lands in Georgia
Page 5 has a brief, discrete but historic report with small heading: "The Yacht Wanderer" with a Savannah dateline. This is an infamous ship, as the Wanderer's notoriety is that it delivered the last load of African slaves to America. See images for reporting here.
Other news of the day with... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, December 18, 1858 The front page shows: 'Candidates for the Board of Education Opposed to Reading the Bible in Schools', looking monkey-like. Inside has two pages of illustrations: 'Torture and Homicide in an American State Prison', showing 6 types of torture used. "Glimpses at Life in Washington" article also features four illustratio... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 15, 1859 The front page features a rather large illustration of: "The Yacht 'Wanderer'" along with a related article on it. Its infamy is in that it was the last documented ship to bring a cargo of slaves from Africa to the United States, which it did on November 28, 1858. Part of the article notes: "...after detaining the Wandere... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 29, 1859 Half front page illustration of 'Rev. J.W. Cummings, D.D' also features an accompany article. "Employment of Women" features an article and many small illustrations of women working in Douglas & Sherwood's Skirt Manufactory. "The Pope's Railway Car" article also features three illustrations. Two one-third page ... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 29, 1859 Half front page illustration of 'Rev. J.W. Cummings, D.D.' also features an accompany article. "Employment of Women" features an article and many small illustrations of women working in Douglas & Sherwood's Skirt Manufactory. "The Pope's Railway Car" article also features three illustrations. Two one-thir... See More
THE NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 8, 1859
* The Wanderer (slave ship)
* New York Yacht Club bans her
Page 4 has a article with small heading: "The Wanderer And The New York Yacht Club" (see)
Other news of the day. Eight pages, very minor margin wear, nice condition.
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, February 21, 1859
* African slave trade
* Pre Civil War South
Page 8 has an article headed: "Defenders Of The Slave-Trade". See image for text.
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, February 26, 1859. The front page features a halfpage illustration entitled "The Ball of the Season". Two illustration of 'The Murder of the Deaf and Dumb Boy in Utah' and 'The Consummation of the Murder'. An article "Mr. Aspinwall's Gallery" also has two nearly halfpage illustrations. Two pages with 6 illustrations of: 'Th... See More
NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, March 4, 1859
* Daniel Sickles' wife
* Philip Barton Key murder
* African slave trade
The front page has an article headed: "The Sickles Tragedy" See image for text here.
Page 2 has a lengthy article headed: "The Slave-trade and the Right of Search" Text takes up over 1 1/2 columns
Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.... See More
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York A lot of 9 complete issues with dates: July 30; August 6; Sept. 10, 17; Oct. 8, 29; Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 31, all in 1859.
All issues are mostly loose at the spine and have a bit of irregularity at the margin as they were never bound nor trimmed. Even toning and perhaps some stray tears. Actually nicer than a "2nd rate" lot as prints within are generally n... See More
NEW YORK TIMES, June 25, 1859 The top of the front page has: "The African Negroes--The Secretary of the Treasury Defending the President--The Returned Africans of the 'Echo' " which was a slave ship. This report takes over a full column.
Also on the ftpg: "Arrest of Notorious Burglars" & "A Fugitive Slave Case in Washington" concerning Agnes Robinso... See More
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Aug. 9, 1859 Back page has: Narrative Of Professor Wises 231st Aerial Voyage Made from St. Louis, Mo., July 30, 1859, accompanied by his son, Chas. E. Wise. Also has: Blondins Greatest Feat He Stands On His Head re. his third tight rope performance above the Niagara River. Both are quite detailed. Other news of the day includes: "THE NEW SLAVE-TRADE" "The Kansas G... See More
Horace Greeley, founder & editor of the New York Tribune, visited the Yosemite Valley in 1859 during his trip to the West. The series of 34 travelogue articles is significant as it was the first widely-distr
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 3, 1859 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: "The New Orleans Charity Hospital" along with two smalle... See More