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650324

The speech of Moses Bon Saam, a free negro...

Item #650324
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1735  Without a doubt, the most noteworthy item is the text the speech made by Moses Bon Saam, a free negro from Jamaica, which takes about 3 columns (see images). More can be discovered regarding this speech at: Moses Bon Saam.



A quite comical article is in regards to the benefits of flogging: "A New Dissertation on Flogging", which... See More  

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605913

Mention of importing iron from America...

Item #605913
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, September, 1738  A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 19... See More  

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$24.00
654263

America's first successful newspaper...

Item #654263

April 17, 1740

THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, "New England", April 10-17, 1740  



* Earliest of American newspapers to be had



This very rare title was the first successful newspaper in the colonies, having begun in 1704 and lasting until the British occupation of Boston in 1776. It was only preceded by "Public Occurrances Both Foreign and Domestick" which published just a singl... See More  

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672353

Siege of Quebec, French & Indian War...

Item #672353
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1760  A feature of this issue is the "French Account of the Raising the Siege of Quebec" which takes over half a page.

There is also: "A Description of a Water Mill of a New Construction..." for grinding sugar cane in Jamaica, which includes a full page plate, still present.

Among other articles are: "Political Remarks on th... See More  

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585531

Map of Germany... French & Indian War...

Item #585531
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1760 



* Battle of Quebec

* Map of the war in Germany

* French and Indian War




A feature of this issue is the "French Account of the Raising the Siege of Quebec" which takes over half a page (see for portions). There is also: "A Description of a Water Mill of a New Construction..." for grinding sugar cane in Jamaica, which in... See More  

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666935

Celebration of the Stamp Act repeal has horrible consequences...

Item #666935

July 22, 1766

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, July 22, 1766 



* Repeal of the Stamp Act celebration disaster



The back page has a letter from Burlington, New  Jersey, offering thanks for the repeal of the hated Stamp Act. A portion includes: "...On hearing the joyful news of the repeal of the stamp act, about 3 half-barrels of powder were provided...a negro boy, seeing some powder scattered on the grou... See More  

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640258

The decision in the James Somersett slave case... News from America...

Item #640258
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1772 



* Somersett's case

* Slaves - slavery




Certainly the most significant report in this issue is the court decision in the James Somersett court case, the slave purchased in Virginia then taken to England, escaped & eventually recaptured. This case ultimately determined that slavery was unsupported in England. This was a landmark sl... See More  

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667030

A slave kills his master...

Item #667030

August 29, 1772

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 29, 1772 



* Slave kills his master



Beginning on the front page & carrying over to take most of pg. 2 is a report from Boston concerning the Massachusetts Assembly making provisions for support of the governor, and the governor supporting the colony. Included are six "resolves" from the General Assembly concerning such arrangements.

Ther... See More  

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638465

Trouble with Indians...

Item #638465

November 18, 1773

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 18, 1773  Half a column on an inside page is headed "America" with reports from New  York and Charleston, including one beginning: "The Seneka Indians have killed four Frenchmen & robbed a canoe..." and another report concerns the slave insurrection in Honduras (see). The same page has over half a column taken up with a letter f... See More  

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659920

The Boston Port Bill and the colonists' problem with England's power over the colonies...

Item #659920

July 01, 1774

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, July, 1774 



* Boston Port Bill reaction

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions




Among the articles is: "The Speech of Moses Bon Saam, a Free Negro, to the Revolted Slaves in ...the West Indies" which takes nearly 1 1/2 pages.

In: "Review of New Publications" is: "Thoughts on the Act for Making More  Effectual Provision for the Gover... See More  

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667176

Provincial Congress meeting...

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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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654261

A Tory newspaper printed in occupied Philadelphia...

Item #654261

January 07, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 7, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia. Rarely found today.

All of the front page is taken up with advertiseme... See More  

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664179

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #664179

February 14, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 14, 1778



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The entire front page is taken up with ads, one of which is for the printi... See More  

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671967

Mention of Dr. Franklin...

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671967

April 01, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 1, 1778 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page includes an Act relating to detaining pers... See More  

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666223

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War... Much concerning the war...

Item #666223

April 18, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, April 18, 1778 



* Rare Tory (pro British) issue from America

* Revolutionary War original reporting




This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

The front page is entirely taken up with ads including a &q... See More  

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664272

Decorative masthead... Runaway reward ad...

Item #664272

February 01, 1783

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia,  Feb. 1, 1783 



* Nice masthead

* Rare publication




The front page is entirely taken up with ads including an: "Eight Dollars Reward" ad for "...a likely [Black] Wench..." with details, and a "Ten Dollars Reward" for a runaway "...[Black]Man named Adam...".

Page 2 has a small bit noting: "From the k... See More  

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650328

Concerns for political troubles in creating a new government...

Item #650328
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1784 

Among the articles are: "Ancient Customs Elucidated--The Feast of Yule" "History of the Race of Gypsies Further Illustrated" which takes nearly 3 pages; "An Account of the Experiments Made by the Aerostatic Machine of M.M. Montgolfier" the famous balloonist (see); and more.

There is over half a page on the Q... See More  

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673622

George Washington... Slaves from Africa... Indian troubles...

Item #673622

December 30, 1786

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 30, 1786  The front page has a letter to a gentleman in Dublin from George Washington, datelined at "Mount Vernon, Virginia" and signed in type: G. Washington.

Page 2 has a report from Savannah concerning relations with the Lower Creek Indians. Also mention that: "...is acknowledged...from Charleston...that full 12,000 negro slaves have... See More  

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673386

Historic slavery medal by Josiah Wedgwood... Franklin's speech...

Item #673386
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, A two issue set: February & March, 1788  

February issue: Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work. This article takes 2 1/2 pages and one of the plates includes prints of various water spouts.

An article: "Edict in Favour... See More  

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643620

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

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



* Benjamin Franklin on water spouts

* Post Revolutionary War era




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

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661707

Commodore Phillips & Botany Bay, Australia...

Item #661707
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, April, 1788



* Botany Bay, Australia - Admiral Arthur Phillip

* Northern plantations act to discourage the slave trade




 Within this issue is a report concerning Commodore Phillips at Botany Bay reading: "The Botany fleet arrived at the Cape on the 13th of October, after a passage from Rio de Janeiro of only five weeks & four days. Commodore ... See More  

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666346

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

Item #666346
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1788 



* Botany Bay, Australia

* Penal Colony - Convicts

* Early chess - Benjamin Franklin




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

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600170

The manumission of slaves... Marquis La Fayette...

Item #600170

November 15, 1788

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, November 15, 1788 Page 5 has nearly two columns with various reports from American regarding American Indians, as well as a brief article from New York from: "...The Society for promoting the manumission [freeing]of slaves, and protecting such of them as have been or may be liberated...", which mentions the presence of Marquis La Fayette among others.

Eight pages, ... See More  

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660785

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

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



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

* Thomas Fuller - an uneducated slave with incredible mathematical ability

* Reflections upon Lexington & Concord




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

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643851

The English will not abandon the settling of Australia...Wilberforce & slavery...

Item #643851

May 28, 1789

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 28, 1789

* African slave trade

* William Wilberforce

* Botany Bay - Australia

Page 7 has a brief item  from Parliament headed: "Botany Bay" reading: "Mr. Hussey asked whether it was the intention of Ministers to prosecute the scheme of forming a settlement in Botany Bay? Mr. Pitt said that from the accounts hitherto received fr
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670165

Maryland poem 'The Slave'... Description of America's first capitol building...

Item #670165
THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE OR MONTHLY MUSEUM, Boston, June, 1789 This is the 6th issue of this uncommon magazine by famed publisher Isaiah Thomas. When it comes to noteworthy content, it is hard to know where to begin.

Starting from the back is the poem: "The Slave," (author anonymous) which is a thought-provoking anti-slavery poem printed in the slave-state of Maryland. Also interestin... See More  

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651434

Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America...

Item #651434
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1790 



* Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America



Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice, attached fold-out map: "A Map showing the communication of the Lakes and the Rivers between Lake Superior and Slave Lake in North America." The map shows the extreme western parts of Lake Superior and "Huds... See More  

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629877

The slave trade... William Wilberforce... General Wayne slaughters the Indians...

Item #629877
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London,  July, 1790  Included is an interesting article on an: "Apparatus of Humanity" with a related full page print captioned: "Apparatus For Communicating Heat to Bodies Apparently Dead" (see). Also a review of a new book: "The Slave Trade Indispensable; in Answer to the Speech of William Wilberforce". Further on under the he... See More  

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638619

On Ben Franklin's will... Northwest coast of America...

Item #638619
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London,  August, 1790  Included is: "Remarks on the Slave Trade Occasioned by Bruce's Travels". Near the back is a brief bit  noting: "The common council at Paris paid to the illustrious Franklyn [Franklin]  tribute of homage, singular in its nature but due from a free & enlightened city to the memory of a man who gave libert... See More  

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646465

Rare title with the original outer wrappers...

Item #646465

October 01, 1790

THE MONTHLY REVIEW ENLARGED, London, October, 1790  This very uncommon title still has the blue/green outer wrappers. These wrappers are in remarkably nice condition as more typically they are quite worn.

The front wrapper includes the title/index page. Among the articles included are: "Bruce's Travels to discover the Source of the Nile" concluded; "Governor Philip's V... See More  

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629130

America is flourishing economically...

Item #629130
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1791  Taking nearly 2 pages is: "An Expository Address to the People of England on the Late Memorable Decision Against the Abolition of the Slave Trade". Among the news reports near  the back are a few items headed: "America"  beginning: "America has now to boast a flourishing trade & a wise and upright administrat... See More  

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673365

Discussing the slave trade... Indian troubles near Detroit...

Item #673365
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1792  Among the articles are: "Dispassionate Remarks on the Slave Trade" "Remarks on the Various Opinions Fairy Rings" "A Protest Against all the Petitions for the Abolition of the Slave Trade".

Near the back is news of the day including over half a column headed: "America" which includes a report from Hawaii (v... See More  

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642035

Obituary of naval hero John Paul Jones...

Item #642035
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1792 (note the typesetting error of the date on the titlepg.)



* John Paul Jones death - pirate ?

* Revolutionary War naval commander

* "Father of the American Navy"




The most interesting item in this issue is the obituary for John Paul  Jones. As can be seen in the report he does not get good press in this British publication (not s... See More  

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629138

America in a flourishing state...

Item #629138
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1792  Inside has most of a column taken up with news headed: "America" which begins: "This country was never in so flourishing a state as at present; the increase of people, riches, and agriculture is almost incredible...The present war with the Indians has for  while stopped emigration to the Western territories..." with m... See More  

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$32.00
665848

A letter from Horatio Nelson...

Item #665848

November 21, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov 21, 1795  Page 2 has a letter signed in type by the famous: Horatio Nelson, concerning recent naval events.

The back page begins with a poem titled: "Negro's Prayer".

Four pages, some foxing, good condition.

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673225

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #673225

March 21, 1797

PORCUPINES GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 21, 1797  All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements including one headed: "The Time Of A Ne... See More  

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673536

From the earliest months of its existence... Negro for sale...

Item #673536

March 22, 1797

PORCUPINES GAZETTE & UNITED STATES DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 22, 1797  All previous issues we have offered of this uncommon title were from 1798-9 with the porcupine in the masthead, but this issue is from the earliest months of its existence with a much different masthead.

Various news reports of the day, heavy with advertisements including one headed: "The Time Of A Ne... See More  

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670449

William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #670449

May 20, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, May 20, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication

* 3 runaway slave advertisements




This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at his political op... See More  

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670671

William Cobbett's famous 18th century newspaper...

Item #670671

June 19, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, June 19, 1797 



* Rare 18th century American publication

* 4 runaway slave advertisements (lightly inked)




This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspaper.

Cobbett was a prolific & controversial publisher who often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." He was famous for sniping at ... See More  

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670809

1797 Engraving of a porcupine in the masthead...

Item #670809

July 01, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, July 1, 1797



* Rare 18th century American title

* 4 slave advertisements




The masthead features an engraving of a porcupine. The entire front page is taken up with ads including one for a runaway slave. The back page has 3 more slave ads. News of the day and other advertisements of the day.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, a few tiny binding slits al... See More  

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629229

Honoring Horatio Nelson... Wilberforce on slavery...

Item #629229
SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1797 for Gentleman's Magazine, England. Within this supplement issue, which was published at the end of the year, is a report beginning: "Mr. Wilberforce said that it were only wasting the time of the House to go to any length into a subject which had already undergone such full & frequent discussions...suffered themselves to be influenced by their feelings; it... See More  

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663594

Secret societies... Free Masons... Illuminati...

Item #663594
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1798  The prominent feature of this issue would be the nearly 9 pages dedicated to the review of a new publication" "Proofs of Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies; collected from good authorities", by John Robison, Profe... See More  

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$135.00
677250

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #677250

February 26, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Feb. 26, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (1) Slavery advertisement




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including one on the back page for the... See More  

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$44.00
669790

1798 Engraving of a porcupine in the masthead...

Item #669790

March 23, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 23, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American title

* 3 runaway slaves advertisements




The masthead features an engraving of a porcupine. The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 3 has 2 runaway slave ads. Another one appears on the back page. (see) New of the day and other advertisements of the day.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, a few... See More  

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671759

1798 Engraving of a porcupine in the masthead...

Item #671759

March 29, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 29, 1798 



* Rare 18th century American title

* 3 runaway slaves advertisements




The masthead features an engraving of a porcupine. The entire front page is taken up with ads. The front page has a runaway slave ad under: "Ten Dollars reward" Two more appear on the back page. (see) News of the day and other advertisements.

Four pages... See More  

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677050

18th century runaway slave ad...

Item #677050

May 29, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, May 29, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (2) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are scarce to find. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including two on the front page regardi... See More  

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677018

18th century runaway slave ads...

Item #677018

July 07, 1798

GENERAL AURORA ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 7, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (3) Slavery advertisements




Eighteenth century American publications are somewhat scarce. The capital of the United States was in Philadelphia at this time while the District of Columbia was under construction. Contains news of the day with several advertisements including one on page 3 for the sale o... See More  

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677690

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677690

July 21, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 21, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (5) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 17 illustrated ship ads and 1 slave related ad. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, light damp stain at the upper right corner, nice condition.... See More  

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677609

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677609

August 04, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 4, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (3) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 13 illustrated ship ads and 3 slave related ads. (see)

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages in good condition.... See More  

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677544

18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisements...

Item #677544

August 27, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 27, 1798



* Rare 18th century American title

* (8) Slaves advertisements




The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 9 illustrated ship ads and 2 slave related ads. (see) Five more slave related ads are on page 3 and another one on page 4.

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, a little foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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$52.00
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