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669581

A damaged American lot from the 1700's...

Item #669581
18th CENTURY LOT - a group of 9 American newspapers comprised the the Massachusetts Spy of 1797 (4 issues) and the Independent Chronicle, 1795 (5 issues). All have damage.

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669558

Two letters signed by George Washington...

Item #669558

November 16, 1796

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Nov. 16, 1796 



* President George Washington

* John Jay letters




Page 2 contains two letters, each signed in type by the President: G. Washington, one to the residents of Shepherdstown in response to their note on Washington's coming retirement.

Page 3 has a letter to the governor of New York, with his replay signed in type: John... See More  

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669557

A hereditary presidency? Selling land in the Northwest territory...

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November 02, 1796

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Nov. 2, 1796  The back page contains an article which begins: "John Adams has said...that as Mr. Washington had no children, the Presidency should be made hereditary in the family of Lund Washington [distant cousin of G. W.]...".

The back page also has an ad concerning the sale of land "...in the territory northwest
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669548

Handsome masthead...

Item #669548

November 11, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Nov. 11, 1795  Page 2 has reports from: "France, National Convention" taking over half of the page. Page 3 has reports from "Kentucky" Virginia" "New York" "Norfolk" and elsewhere.

This is the newspaper by the famed printer Isaiah Thomas. Four pages, decorative masthead, good condition.

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669527

Surrender of Belgrade...

George Whitefield... Methodism... Hebrew customs...

Item #669527
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, September, 1739



* Historical Jewish and Christian content

* George Whitefield

* Surrender of Belgrade



One of the articles within is headed: "Continuation  of the dissertation begun in our Last Whether the Hebrews Borrow'd any Customs from the Heathens" which takes over 1 1/2 pages (see photos for portions). Another article ... See More  

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669404

How to pronounce words... On Washington's letters...

Item #669404

December 21, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston Dec. 21, 1795 



* Uncommon title



Certainly one of the less common American titles from the 18th century.

Page 1 has a short article: "Gen. Washington's Letters". Most of page 2 is taken up with a fascinating article: "Orthoepy". It's actually a word: the study of correct pronunciation. It begins: "In compliance with my premise I no... See More  

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669364

Great 18th century issue for display...

Item #669364

January 30, 1720

THE WEEKLY JOURNAL OR SATURDAY'S POST, London, Jan. 30, 1720



* Great masthead engraving

* Early 18th century original




This title has one of the more beautiful & intricately engraved mastheads to be seen, and this issue has a particularly lightly-inked impression. Various news items from Europe.

Present are all 6 pages, as more typically the back leaf is lacking as it was often loos... See More  

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669354

On Abraham Lincoln being elected...

Item #669354

November 10, 1864

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 10, 1864 



* Abraham Lincoln's election win (2nd)

* Original American Civil War reporting




Page 5 is mostly taken up with details on the election results, with nice first column heads reading in part: "THE RESULT" "Additional Election Returns from All Parts of the Country" "New Jersey, Kentucky and Delaware for McClellan" "All ... See More  

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669213

Washington signs an Act relating to the United States Mint...

Item #669213

March 19, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, March 19, 1794  The front page begins with: "An Act in Alternation of the Act Establishing a Mint and Regulating the  Coins of the United States, signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington.

A fine issue for any coin collector.

Four pages, a bit irregular at the blank spine margin, good condition.

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669202

Thomas Jefferson responds concerning the Jay Treaty...

Item #669202

February 08, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 8, 1794  The ftpg. has: "State Papers" which has three letters from Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, relating to the controversial Jay Treaty. Each is signed: Th. Jefferson.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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669091

Compliments to George Washington...

Item #669091

February 08, 1797

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Feb. 8, 1797  Pages 2 & 3 contains a statement of gratitude from the legislature of South Carolina to the merits of George Washington.

Four pages, handsome masthead, some foxing and a bit close-trimmed at some margins, minor fold wear.

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669085

Washington responds to the Senate's address on his state-of-the-union speech...

Item #669085

December 23, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Dec. 23, 1795  Page 2 has the Address of the Senate to the President, focused on his recent state-of-the-union address. It is followed  by: "To Which the President was Pleased to Make the Following Reply" which is signed in type: G. Washington.

Four pages, light damp stains, minor printing error to the ftpg. only, nice c... See More  

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669083

Repairing St. Paul's Covent Garden...

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December 02, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY, OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Dec. 2, 1795 



* St. Paul's, Covent Garden



Page 2 has an item from London headed: "St. Paul's Covent Garden" noting: "...repairs of which near 5000 pounds have...been expended was entirely destroyed by fire. The flames broke out in the cupola...".

Page 3 has a report of a meeting between Indian chiefs ... See More  

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669062

Sam Adams' state-of-the state address...

Item #669062

January 21, 1795

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR THE WORCESTER GAZETTE, Jan. 21, 1795 



* Governor Samuel Adams

* State of the Union Address




Page 3 has over a full column taken up with what appears to be the governor's state-of-the-state address to his legislature, headed: "Address" and signed in type: Samuel Adams. In it he includes reference to the Whiskey Rebellion in a "sister s... See More  

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669035

A handsome, displayable newspaper...

Item #669035

May 29, 1794

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 29, 1794 



* Nice 18th century American publication



A handsome issue for display given the decorative masthead and the wide, untrimmed margins. Various news reports of the day with a number of illustrated advertisements on the back page.

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

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669027

On building the first frigates for the United States Navy...

Item #669027

July 24, 1794

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, July 24, 1794



* re. United States Navy creation

* Construction of the frigates begins

* USS Constitution, Constellation & U.S.




A very ornate masthead makes this a displayable issue.

Page 3 has a notable report from Boston: "American Frigates" in which it announces the building of the first frigates of the U.S. Navy: "... See More  

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669019

A captain is tarred & feathered...

Item #669019

May 22, 1794

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, May 22, 1794 



* 18th century American publication



A very ornate masthead makes this a displayable issue.

The middle of page 3 has an interesting item from Baltimore: "We have tarred & feathered the Captain of a vessel here for imprudently reversing the colours of the United States and placing the British above. It is said th... See More  

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668966

Napoleon Bonaparte has gone "strayed or lost"...

Item #668966

October 25, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Oct. 25, 1798  Page 3 has an interesting tongue-in-cheek report concerning Napoleon Buonaparte, whose army was recently defeated with his escape. It is headed: "Strayed Or Lost" and notes in part: "A Little, thin, fallow looking man, known by the name of Buonaparte. The last tie he was heard of was when he set sail from Malta...... See More  

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668945

Three letters from President John Adams...

Item #668945

September 14, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 14, 1798 



* President John Adams letters



Page 2 has a letter from the people of Kittery, Mass. (now Maine), to the President, followed by his response to them signed: John Adams. A similar letter from the town of Cincinnati "in the North-western Territory" (now Ohio) to the President, followed by his response signed: John... See More  

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668935

Frigate Constellation protecting our shores...

Item #668935

August 01, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Aug. 1, 1798  Page 2 has: "Constellation Frigate, Or, Notice for French Pirates" which has: "The U.S. frigate Constellation...is now off our bar...to cruise along our southern coast for the protection of the American trade & the punishment of French insolence...".

Also a letter to the President from officers at Salisbu... See More  

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668909

Beauty of the frigate Constitution... Letters from President John Adams...

Item #668909

July 10, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 10, 1798 



* USS Constitution - 1st year of service

* Captain Samuel Nicholson




Page 2 has a letter to the militia of Morris County, New Jersey, signed by the President: John Adams.

Then an address from the legislature of New Hampshire to the President, with his reply signed; John Adams.

Page 2 also has: "Frigate Constitution&... See More  

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668908

Washington nominated to be Commander-in-Chief...

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July 05, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, July 5, 1798 



* President George Washington

* Commander-in-Chief again ?




Page 3 begins with a notable report: "How transporting the fact! the great, the good, the aged WASHINGTON, has said, 'I am ready again to go with my fellow citizens to the field of battle, in defence of the Liberty and Independence of my country'.

The
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668900

Concerning the XYZ Affair... William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #668900

March 06, 1798

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, March 6, 1798  Page 2 has a letter from the President to Congress concerning XYZ Affair with France that would lead to the Quasi War. It includes several letters relating to the situation, one signed by the 3 American commissioners: Pinckney, Marshall, and Gerry.

This was William Cobbett's important and controversial--but short-lived--daily newspape... See More  

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668891

United States buys West Point...

Item #668891

July 10, 1790

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, July 10, 1790  On page 2 under an engraving of a heraldic eagle are "Laws Published By Authority by the Congress of the United States". There are two laws listed, the second being: "AN ACT to authorize the purchase of a tract of Land for the use of the United States." This historic act stated: "That it shall be lawful for the Pr... See More  

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668890

Buying the land at West Point for the Military Academy... Deciding on the seat of government...

Item #668890

June 30, 1790

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, New York, June 30, 1790 



* West Point Military Academy land bought

* Seat of Government decision




Part of page 1 & half of pg. 2 are taken up with a continuing discussion in the House of Representatives on "Mr. Gerry's motion on the assumption of the state debt..." from the Revolutionary War, a controversial discussion at the time.
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668861

Reports from America...

Item #668861

May 03, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 3, 1757  Page 6 has a report headed America" which includes datelines from Charleston and Boston. The former reports a meeting of Indian chiefs with the governor of South Carolina.

Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/4 inches, red tax stamp, very nice condition.

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668791

Very first Act of Congress... An ad for the "President's household"...

Item #668791

June 06, 1789

THE NEW YORK PACKET, June 6, 1789 



* 1st United States Congress - very first act of Congress

* Ad - Samuel Fraunces is the steward of the 1st President's (George & Martha Washington's) Household




The front page has an advertisement headed: "The President's Household" reading: "Whereas all servants and others, employed to procure provisions or supplies for ... See More  

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668775

John Adams' farewell address to his fellow senators...

Item #668775

February 17, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 1797  A quite scarce title, and until a recent find, the very first we have offered in our 44 years. It published for exactly one year.

Page 3 has most of a column taken up with John Adams' farewell speech to his fellow Senators upon his leaving the post of President of Senate to assume the Presidency of the United States. A notable document.

Four p... See More  

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668752

New York and New Hampshire work towards ratifying the Constitution...

Item #668752

March 08, 1788

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 8, 1788  Pages 2 and 3 contain some nice reporting on discussions within New York and New Hampshire on work towards ratifying the proposed Constitution.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some loss at the bottom margins but not close to any text, minor margin wear, generally nice.

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668740

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668740

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

All of page 2 is taken up with documents relating ... See More  

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668739

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668739

December 20, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Dec. 20, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 2 has much reporting from Congress. Pate 3 ha... See More  

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668738

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668738

November 11, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 3 has a chart of election results for Preside... See More  

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668735

A rare Philadelphia title from 1796...

Item #668735

November 18, 1796

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, Nov. 18, 1796  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

Page 3 has a chart of election results for Preside... See More  

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668728

Mention of "New Spain", the New World" and "America"...

Item #668728
THE PRESENT STATE OF EUROPE OR THE HISTORICAL & POLITICAL MONTHLY MERCURY, London, England, January, 1691  This is a very uncommon periodical published during the reign of King William III, formatted something like a pamphlet but definitely a periodical.

Much of this issue is concerned with the political & military affairs of Europe & is organized into news by country or region w... See More  

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668698

Book on the trial of Quakers held at Philadelphia...

Item #668698

November 18, 1693

ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, England, Nov. 18, 1693 This was a "gentleman's" newspaper very popular in the coffeehouses of early England. Interesting reading on a wide range of topics done in question/answer format. Published at a time when there were no newspapers printing in the American colonies.

The back page has a nice ad for a book: "The TRYALS of several Quakers for gre
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668690

Advertisement on the Salem witch trials...

Item #668690

January 28, 1693

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Jan. 28, 1693



* Rare Salem witch trials advertisement

* Very early and rare 17th century title




The back page has an advertisement  for the book: "The TRYALS of several WITCHES lately Executed in New-England, and of several remarkable Curiosities therein occurring. Written by Cotton Mather, and Published by the Special Command of the Governour."

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668632

Washington suspends building codes... Napoleon Buonaparte...

Item #668632

July 09, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, July 9, 1796  Page 2 has an interesting document headed: "By the President of the United States" concerning the suspension of two building codes in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to spur development, signed in type: Geo. Washington.

Pages 2 and 4 contain six letters each signed in type: Buonaparte on his latest military efforts.

Fou... See More  

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668609

Letter from John Jay...

Item #668609

April 16, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York April 16, 1796  Page 2 has a lengthy letter concerning "the university" in New York, signed by its Chancellor and New York governor: John Jay.

Four pages, nice condition.

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668606

Washington defends his Jay Treaty...

Item #668606

April 02, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, April 2, 1796 



* George Washington letter

* re. John Jay's Treaty




Page 3 has over a column taken up with a letter from the President to the House of Representatives concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, signed by him in type: Geo. Washington & dated March 30.

Included as well is the slightly smaller "Herald Extra" o... See More  

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668600

John Jay and General Anthony Wayne...

Item #668600

February 20, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Feb. 20, 1796  Beginning on page 1 & concluding on pg. 2 is a: "Letter from Governor Jay" which concerning the controversial Jay Treaty, signed by him in type: John Jay. Page 2 also has a report from the N.Y. Assembly which includes a Resolve signed by the governor: John Jay.

The back page has a letter from the city of York, Pa.,... See More  

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668592

Lengthy letter from Benedict Arnold...

Item #668592

June 23, 1781

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, June 23, 1781 



* Rare Benedict Arnold letter

* American Revolutionary War




Taking over half of page 2 and most of page 3 are taken up with an excellent and very detailed letter from Brigadier-General Benedict Arnold and his occupation of the Petersburg and Williamsburg areas and his actions in the vicinity in April and May, detailed in an almost day-by-day d... See More  

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668590

Act concerning high treason & piracy in America...

Item #668590

December 18, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Dec. 18, 1779 



* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy




The ftpg. has a report of several Acts of Parliament receiving the Royal Assent by the King, one to: "...empower His Majesty to secure & detain persons charged with, or suspected of, the crime of High Treason committed in any of His Majesty's Colonies or Plantations in Ame... See More  

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668588

The capture of St. Lucia...

Item #668588

March 24, 1779

THE LONDON GAZETTE--EXTRAORDINARY, England, March 24, 1779  This "Extra" issue was published exclusively to report on the Siege of St. Lucia in the Caribbean, which begins with a letter from Major General Grant, commander of the British forces.

Included also are the: "...Articles of Capitulation between Major General Grant & the Hon. Rear-Admiral Barrington and  the C... See More  

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668559

A letter from Ben Franklin... Cultivating tea in America...

Item #668559

April 27, 1786

NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, April 27, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  Inside has a letter from 1725 signed by Benjamin Franklin, exhibiting his business acumen, prefaced with: "...written by the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin 65 years ago when he was apprentice to a printer in Little Britain...it exhibits the vicissitudes of fortune in a man whose convenience perha... See More  

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668504

First of this scarce title we have offered...

Item #668504

October 05, 1798

COUNTRY PORCUPINE, Philadelphia, Oct. 4 & 5 (a single issue), 1798  



* Rare 18th century American publication



This was a tri-weekly edition of the 'Porcupine's Gazette' established by William Cobbett 7 months prior and which lasted only until Aug. 28, 1799. This is the first of this title we have seen. Content is distilled from the daily edition.

Four pages, never-... See More  

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668490

The Black Hole of Calcutta...

Item #668490

June 09, 1757

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 9, 1757 



* Black Hole of Calcutta

* Fort William prison - dungeon




Most of the front page is taken up with: "An Extract from a Letter Received by the India Ships...containing a particular Account of the unfortunate Affair at Bengal."

In this report which deals with the capture of Fort William in India, mention is made that: "...The wh... See More  

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668479

Broadside "Extra" from Baltimore...

Item #668479

October 15, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE, EXTRA, Oct. 15, 1798 



* Rare broadside extra



Although there were issues of this title in Phila., Boston & Baltimore, this is from Baltimore as the other two did not exist as of this date.

This is a broadside extra, a small single sheet printed on the front only. Such broadsides were typically printed to put urgent or important news into the hands of the reader as q... See More  

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668478

Washington gives thanks for the best wishes in his retirement...

Item #668478

February 18, 1797

THE NEW WORLD, Philadelphia, Feb. 18, 1797 



* President George Washington

* End of his illustrious career




Page 2 has two letters, each signed in type by the soon to be retired President: Go. Washington, thanking the Virginia General Assembly for their best wishes in his retirement.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, very nice condition.... See More  

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668477

Land to be given to Revolutionary War veterans...

Item #668477

October 26, 1786

THE NEW-HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, New Haven, Oct. 26, 1786 (year in Roman numerals)  A weekly title that lasted for about three years, from February of 1786 to June of 1789.

Inside has a report from Phila. noting: "...commenced the drawing of the lottery for the lands laid out by the state & given as a donation to the officers & men of the late Pennsylvania l... See More  

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668476

A rare Philadelphia title from 1797...

Item #668476

April 07, 1797

GALES'S INDEPENDENT GAZETTEER, Philadelphia, April 7, 1797  A quite rare title which lasted just one year from Sept. 16, 1796 till Sept. 12, 1797. Actually the continuation of the "Independent Gazetteer", which was later sold to "The Universal Gazette". Just 7 American institutions have scattered issues of this title.

A typical folio newspaper of the day with various ... See More  

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