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676978

Celebrate July 2 or July 4? Jay Treaty is ratified...

Item #676978

July 01, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 1, 1795  The front page has the notable letter signed by: John Adams, datelined Phila., July 3d, 1776, in which he notes: "Yesterday the greatest question was decided which was ever debated in America...A resolution was passed...that these United Colonies are and of right out to be, free and independent states..." with more.

It is prefaced with a no... See More  

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676977

Washington and "Mad" Anthony Wayne sign documents...

Item #676977

April 29, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 29, 1795  Most of the front page is taken up with: "An Act Making Further Provision for the Support of Public Credit..." which carries over to page 2 where it is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

Page 2 also has: "A Proclamation" signed by: Anthony Wayne, concerning a treaty with various Indian tribes.

Four pages, v... See More  

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676976

George Washington signs an Act of Congress...

Item #676976

April 15, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 15, 1795  Half of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress titled: "An Act...to provide more effectually for the collection of the duties in goods, wares and merchandize imported into the United States, and on the tonnage of ships or vessels." which is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington on the following page.

This
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676974

Lyrics of a song by a captive Indian...

Item #676974

November 08, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 8, 1797  The back page has the lyrics of a "Song, By a Captive Indian, while his conquerors were preparing for his Death. Written by the Lady of Mr. John Hunter." The front page has: "Tennessee Eloquence".

Also a notice for an exhibit of "The Elephant" & two ads for "Playing Cards" offering "Harry the Eighth&qu... See More  

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676973

Death report of a "free black woman"...

Item #676973

October 18, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston Oct. 18, 1797  Taking three front page columns is: "A List Of Prizes in Gloucester Road Lottery. Class Fourth."

Listed among the page 3 obituaries is one reporting the death of "...a free black woman named Venus Watkins..." at New-Providence. It mentions that: "...from a variety of circumstances she must have reached the great age of 120.&q... See More  

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676972

Paul Revere, Masonic Grand Master... Frigate Constitution to be launched...

Item #676972

September 09, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept.  9, 1797  The top of page 3 has an advertisement for the "Grand Lodge" of the Masons, including an engraving of the Masonic seal, with the notice signed in type: Paul Revere, Grand Master".

Page 2 has a brief yet notable item datelined "Navy Yard, Boston" noting: "The constructor has the honor to inform his fellow citizens,... See More  

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676971

Honor bestowed upon President John Adams...

Item #676971

August 30, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 30, 1797  Page 2 has a "Tribute of Respect" from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences written: "To John Adams, L.L.D., President of the United States of America" concerning an honor given to him. This is followed boy: "The President's Answer", signed in script type: John Adams.

Four pages, a bit irregular at the blank ... See More  

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676968

Washington highlighted in a Masonic celebration...

Item #676968

June 27, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 27, 1795  Page 2 has a report of a: "Fraternal Feast", a Masonic celebration, beginning: "The Feast of St. John the Baptist was celebrated by the Grand Lode of this Commonwealth..." with details of the event.

Among the toasts given: "Our worthy & beloved brother, the illustrious George Washington. May his virtues, like the rays of... See More  

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676966

New Highland lighthouse on Cape Cod...

Item #676966

November 11, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 11, 1797  The top of page 3 has an announcement of the operation of a new light house on Cape Code, at Clay Ponds.

From research we believe this is the Highland Lighthouse, originally built in 1797 but was replaced in 1857. The text is very descriptive on how ships are to navigate its vicinity.

Four pages, nice condition.... See More  

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676965

Admiral Nelson loses his arm...

Item #676965

October 11, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 11,1797  The front page has: "Louis the XVIth".

A report under "Virginia" on pg. 2 provides nice details about the failed British attack of the Spanish port at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, a part reading: "...One small party of 50 men commanded by Admiral Nelson, and Capt. Bowen landed on the Mole; the first lost his ... See More  

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676964

Natchez and Fort Recovery...

Item #676964

October 07, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 7, 1797  Page 2 has a report: "From Presque Isle (on Lake Erie)...that Ensign Callender had arrived there with information that the inhabitants of the Nartches [Natchez] had rebelled & hoisted the tri-coloured flag. That a detachment of Federal troops had been marched against them & that the Indians had been defeated in an attempt to take Fort Rec... See More  

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676963

Great letter on Alexander Hamilton...

Item #676963

September 30, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 30, 1797  Beginning on the front page and taking nearly a full column on page 2 is a great letter on Alexander Hamilton.

It begins: "Feeling a respect almost amounting to veneration for the character and extraordinary abilities of ALEXANDER HAMILTON, latter Secretary of the Treasury, I confess I as a little mortified at hearing that he had written a boo... See More  

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676962

Detailed review of the militia...

Item #676962

September 27, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 27, 1797  Page 2 has an interesting article: "Review Of Militia" commanded by Major-General Hull, with various particulars. The back page features 14 illustrated ship ads.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676961

The attempted launch of the U.S.S. Constitution....

Item #676961

September 23, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 23, 1797  A page 2 report from Boston headed "The Constitution" states in part: "We this day were in hopes to have announced to the public the launch of the frigate Constitution:--But after two attempts to set her afloat, she remains in perfectly safety, on the ways where she was constructed...". 

A second report headed "The Lau... See More  

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676960

Much on the new frigate Constitution...

Item #676960

September 20, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 20, 1797  Page 2 has two articles concerning the famed frigate Constitution. The first headed: "The Launch" contains: "It will be high water this day...at which time the Constitution frigate will quite the cradle of her birth & repair to the element of which she is calculated to be the price & boast..." with more on this. Further o... See More  

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676959

Four script signatures of John Adams... Frigate "Constitution"...

Item #676959

August 09, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 9, 1797  The full first column of the front page has four Acts of Congress, each one signed in script type by the President: John Adams.

Also, page 2 has a letter signed in block type by the President: John Adams. Page 2 also has an update on "Naval Articles" which notes the "Constitution" is still being built and should be launched soon, ... See More  

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676958

Early Boston newspaper...

Item #676958

February 08, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, February 8, 1797  Perhaps the most successful newspaper in America after the Revolutionary War with various news and ads of the day.

The entire front page is taken up with: "Documents" accompanying the message of the President, being a letter to Mr. Pinckney, America's ambassador to France.

Four pages, minor loss to an upper corner, very nice condit... See More  

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676957

Early Boston newspaper...

Item #676957

June 24, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 24, 1797  Perhaps the most successful newspaper in America after the Revolutionary War with various news and ads of the day.

Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, very nice condition.

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676956

Early Boston newspaper with a run away advertisement...

Item #676956

July 29, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 29, 1797  Perhaps the most successful newspaper in America after the Revolutionary War with various news and ads of the day. Pg. 3 has an ad: "Ran Away from Benj. Rogers...Aaron Winn, about 18 years of age...will give three dollars reward..." with more (see photos).

Four pages, nice condition.

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676955

Script signature of John Adams...

Item #676955

July 22, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 22, 1797  The front page has a full column taken up with two Acts of Congress under the heading: "Laws Of the United States - By Authority", each signed in script type by the President: John Adams, and in block type by Thomas Jefferson. Displayable as such. 

Four pages, nice condition.

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676954

Details on manning the three Navy frigates...

Item #676954

July 19, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 19, 1797  The front page is dominated by 3 Acts of Congress, the first is notable: "An Act Providing a Naval Armament" which takes 1 1/2 columns & provides much detail, noting at the beginning: "That the President of the United States by...empowered...to cause the frigates United States, Constitution, and Constellation, to be manned & em... See More  

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676953

Much on the William Blount affair...

Item #676953

July 15, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 15, 1797  Page 2 has much timely discussion of the troubling William Blount affair with report headed: "Blount's Expulsion" and "Remarks on Blount's Affair".In 1790 President George Washington appointed William Blount, a Republican, as governor of the newly formed Tennessee Territory. When Tennessee entered the Union in 1796, the le... See More  

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676952

President John Adams signs in script type...

Item #676952

July 08, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 8, 1797  The last column of the front page is taken up with two Acts of Congress, each signed in in type by the President, John Adams, one in script type & the other in block type. Page 2 begins with a third Act signed in script type by John Adams.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676951

Problems with the Jay Treaty...

Item #676951

July 05, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 5, 1797  Most of the front page is "Important Documents" signed in type by: Timothy Pickering, concerning complaints arising from the treaty with England (Jay Treaty).

Other news of the day inside plus a great wealth of ads, several of which are illustrated.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676941

The Constellation & Constitution are almost ready...

Item #676941

June 14, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 14, 1797  A page 2 report notes: "Gen. Smith (of Baltimore)...mentioned that the Constellation frigate, building at that place, would be launched the 4th of July next. The Constitution, building here will be afloat the second week of August--She has upwards of 200 hands constantly at work on her; and such is the forwardness of her masts, sails, rigging, &... See More  

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676940

Paul Revere sa the 'Grand Master' of the Masonic Lodge...

Item #676940

June 03, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 3, 1797  Page 3 has a notice for a quarterly meeting of the "Grand Lodge" of Masons, signed in type: Paul Revere, Grand Master. Included is an engraving of the lodge's Masonic seal.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676939

Jefferson & others respond to the President...

Item #676939

May 31, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 31, 1797  Page 2 contains a full column letter headed: "To the President Of the United States" which is in response to a recent address by the President concerning national and international affairs. The letter is signed in type by the Vice President: Thomas Jefferson.

This is followed by a nice response signed in type by the President: John Adams, a... See More  

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676938

Establishing a border with the Spanish territories...

Item #676938

May 27, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 27, 1797  A page 2 report notes: "Mr. Ellicot, Commissioner of the U.S. has arrived at the Natches, on his way to New Orleans. His mission...is to settle the boundary line between the U.S. and the Spanish territories. The Spaniards, it is said, are friendly...and will not hesitate complying with the treaty."

Other news reports include: "French I... See More  

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676937

Launch of the frigate "United States"...

Item #676937

May 17, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 17, 1797  A page two report notes: "On Wednesday last, the 'United States' frigate, built at Philadelphia, was launched into her wonted element, amidst the acclamations of many...spectators....Capt. Barry, commanded on board in person; and the heads of Departments, &c. of the General Government witnessed the launch from the United States brig S... See More  

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676936

Displayable George Washington newspaper...

Item #676936

May 03, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 3, 1797  Over half of the front page is taken up with: "An Act in Addition to the Act, entitiled 'An Act to Establish the Post Office and Post-Roads within the United States' ", signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington. An interesting list of the hundreds of town along the post roads.

Four pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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676935

Washington visits his Masonic lodge, with his reply to an address...

Item #676935

April 29, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 29, 1797  On the front page under "Laws of the United States" are three "Acts" of Congress, each signed in script type: Go. Washington.

Also, on the front page under "Masonic" is an address from Lodge, No. 22, of the Ancient York Masons at Alexandria to the President, delivered during a meeting attended by Washington, and signed... See More  

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676934

Four George Washington signatures on the front page...

Item #676934

April 26, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 26, 1797  The front page features not one, but four documents each signed by the President: Go. Washington, three of them are signed in the very desirable script type. One of the Acts relates to fixing the military establishment of the United States.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676933

Three "signatures" by Washington on the front page...

Item #676933

April 22, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 22, 1797  The front page contains not one but three Acts of Congress, each one signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

The Acts are regarding duties on distilled spirits, one for placing buoys in Boston harbor, and one for setting the time for the next meeting of Congress.

This newspaper is one of the only titles which used the "script&... See More  

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676932

Script type of both Presidents: Washington & Adams...

Item #676932

April 12, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 12, 1797  Over one-third of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress signed in script type by: Go. Washington. This was one of the last Acts of Congress by Washington as President.

Also on the front page and concluding on page 2 is: "By the President...A Proclamation" concerning a treaty with the Creek Indians which includes a huge l... See More  

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676931

Washington and Napoleon Buonaparte...

Item #676931

April 05, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 5, 1797  At the bottom of the front page is an Act of Congress which is signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

This was one of just a few newspapers which used the script type for documents signed by politicians, making such issues very displayable.

Amongst the various items on page 2 are: "Mr. Monroe's Speech" and two documen... See More  

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676930

Four Washington script signatures on the front page...

Item #676930

April 01, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 1, 1797  A full column on the front page is taken up with not one but four Acts of Congress, each one signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

One is: "An Act making Provision for the Further Accommodation of the Household of the President of the United States" which includes: "...to cause to be sold such articles furnished by t... See More  

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676927

George Washington... John Adams...

Item #676927

March 29, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 29, 1797  Certainly the key content is the front page Act of Congress which is concerning: "...the more general Promulgation of the Laws of the United States." which is signed in block type by the Vice President, John Adams, and in script type by the President: George Washington.

There is another Act beginning on the front page titled: "An Act... See More  

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676926

Pair of issues with two documents signed by George Washington...

Item #676926

March 25, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 22 and 25, 1797  A pair of issues, as pages 1 and 2 of March 22 has the beginning of an Act of Congress concerning circuit courts which concludes on the front page of the issue of the 25th, signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

The 25th also has on the front page another document signed by the President: Go. Washington.

Each issue has four... See More  

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676925

Washington returns home as a private citizen...

Item #676925

March 18, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 18, 1797  Page 2 has a report noting that 24 Philadelphia clergymen presented an affectionate address to George Washington on the last day of his presidency, to which he replied: "Believing as I do, that Religion and Morality are the essential pillars of civil society; I view, with...pleasure, that harmony and brotherly love which characterizes the Clerg... See More  

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676916

Washington responds to the Society of Cincinnati...

Item #676916

March 04, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 4, 1797  Beginning on the front page is an article on Washington's birthday headed: "Of the Anniversary Natal Day of the First Political Saviour of His Country" which carries over to page 2 and includes a toast to him & others.

Pafge 2 has an address of the Penna. Society of the Cincinnati to George Washington, followed by the: "Presid... See More  

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676908

Washington's birthday...

Item #676908

February 22, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 22, 1797  Page 2 has a nice report headed: "The President" concerning celebrating the 66th birthday of George Washington.

Four pages, nice condition.

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676907

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson...

Item #676907

February 15, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 15, 1797  A page 2 report mentions: "Wednesday last his Excellency JOHN ADAMS, Esq., as President of the United States; and the Hon. THOMAS JEFFERSON, Esq., as V. President of the same, were declared in the presence of the Legislature of the Union, and a large concourse of citizens in...Philadelphia." Likely as a result of the official electoral ball... See More  

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676906

Tributes to Washington on retiring from public office...

Item #676906

January 28, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 28, 1797  Page 2 has several reports concerning Washington's announcement of retiring from public service. An: "Address to the President" from Mass. includes: "...report a respectful address to the President of the United States on his retiring from office...". Then the: "Governor's' Speech" begins: "Since your la... See More  

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676905

Acknowledging Washington's Farewell Address, and his response...

Item #676905

January 25, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 25, 1797  The front page has an: "Address Of the Senate of Pennsylvania to the President" headed: "To George Washington, President of the United States". This letter is in response to his famous Farewell Address to the nation, retiring from public service.

It is followed by: "To Which the President returned the following Answer: "... See More  

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676904

On Washington retiring from public office...

Item #676904

January 14, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 14, 1797  The ftpg. has: "Summary of the Points of the Debates in Congress on the Answer to the President's Address" referring to Washington's last state-of-the-union address. It begins: "On one side, it was openly declared that they did not regret the President was going to retire...".

Page 2 has a report from "Virginia"... See More  

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676903

The Masons write to Washington, and he responds...

Item #676903

January 07, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 7, 1797  Page 3 begin with an address of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania to the President, which is followed by: "To which the President was pleased to reply..." which has his letter signed in type: G. Washington.

Page 2 has much on the war in Europe including a letter signed: Buonaparte.

Four pages, very nice, clean condition.... See More  

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676902

Sam Adams and George Washington letters... Adams is elected President...

Item #676902

December 28, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 28, 1796  The front page has nearly a full column taken up with an Act from the Massachusetts Legislature which is signed in type: Samuel Adams. Page 2 contains a letter signed in type by the President: Geo. Washington.

Also on page 2 are the "Votes For President, &c." being a list of the electoral votes for each state. It shows Adams with 71 vo... See More  

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676901

The Presidency to change hands for the first time...

Item #676901

December 24, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 24, 1796  The front page has two Acts, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams. One is for incorporating a religious society in Newburyport. The front page also has an address from the Legislature of Vermont to the President, with his gracious reply, signed in type: Go. Washington.

Page 2 has a tally of the electoral votes showing Adams with 70... See More  

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676900

George Washington, John Adams, Sam Adams...

Item #676900

December 21, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 21, 1796  The front page has four Acts of the Massachusetts legislature, each signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams. Page 2 has a lengthy address to the President being the Senate's response to the state-of-the-union address, signed: John Adams. This is then followed by: "The Following is the Reply of the President" which is signed: George... See More  

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676899

Signed by Samuel Adams...

Item #676899

November 26, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 26, 1796  Page 2 has two messages addressed to the state senate concerning a resolution about presidential electors, each signed in type: Samuel Adams.

Other news of the day includes: "Embargo On Genoese Vessels" "Theatrical" and more.

Several interesting advertisements as well including many illustrated ship ads.

Four pages, very nice c... See More  

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