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A family fends off two attacks by Indians...

Item #697921
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1792   Near the back is three-quarters of a page of news headed: "America" mostly taken up with a very detailed and exciting account of a family attacked by Indians, noting how the mother and children were able to fend off the invaders not once but twice. A few other bits as well.

Included are all 3 plates called for, one of which shows bo... See More  

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From the 1600's by a woman publisher... Joanna Brome...

Item #697919
THE OBSERVATOR, London, England, Jan. 25, 1681  A dialogue newspaper founded by Sir Roger L'Estrange, a Tory pamphleteer, as a vehicle for attacking dissenters and Whigs. This newspaper has the old style type making it great for framing, particularly with the over 340 year-old date clearly visible in the dateline.

The most intriguing aspect of this issue is the imprint at the bottom of t... See More  

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From Washington's administration... Sale of land in the Northwest...

Item #697917

February 01, 1797

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Feb. 1, 1797  A very nice newspaper from the closing weeks of George Washington's administration. John Adams would be inaugurated on March 4.

The back page has over a full column taken up with a detailed report concerning the sale of: "Lands of the United States" which are: "...in the territory northwest of the river Ohio, a... See More  

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Much on events in the South: General Greene & others...

Item #697888

March 13, 1781

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, March 13, 1781  Most of the front page is taken up with reports concerning the: "Account of the Examination& Commitment of John Trumbull, for High Treason", some of the "rebel governor" of Connecticut who was accused of being a spy and who spent 7 months in a London prison.

Page 2 has a great wealth of cont... See More  

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Duties of man and citizen...

Item #697867

October 19, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Oct. 19, 1795  Page 2 has some content concerning the controversial Jay Treaty with England. Also: "Observations on the Present Internal State of France" and: "Duties of a Man and a Citizen" contains 9 Articles. And then: "Decree for the Encouragement of Privateering" lists 8 items.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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Death & funeral of the governor...

Item #697866

June 19, 1799


* Increase Sumner death

* Massachusetts governor

The front page has: "On Matrimony". Page 3 has a black-bordered report on the death & funeral of Mass. Governor Increase Sumner including the "Order Of Procession" and the position of "The Corpse" with the pallbearers, etc.

The back pa... See More  

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By America's first newspaper publisher...

Item #697861

February 11, 1681


* Benjamin Harris imprint

* America's 1st publisher

* Rare 17th century periodical

Here is a rare opportunity to purchase a newspaper by Benjamin Harris. Harris was the first newspaper publisher in the colonies, having published "Public Occurrences Both Forreign &... See More  

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Great account of the siege of Fort Schuyler...

Item #697860

September 04, 1777


* Siege of Fort Stanwix - Schuyler

* American Revolutionary War

Page 3 has Revolutionary War content including an item reading: "We hear Sir William Howe has requested his Majesty, for very essential reasons, to allow him to exchange General Lee for some British officers; but that such a measure has been stro... See More  

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A two-issue set: George Washington and Paul Revere on the front page...

Item #697849

June 25, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 22 and 25, 1796 

* President George Washington

* Paul Revere's church bells

A two issue set with over half of the front page of the 22nd taken up with lengthy & detailed text of: "An ACT to Regulate Trade & Intercourse with the Indian Tribes & to Preserve Peace on the Frontiers." The Act carries over to take more than a full co... See More  

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Publishing of Sir Isaac Newton's landmark work...

Item #697847

February 09, 1720

THE POST-BOY, London, February 9, 1720  A nice single sheet newspaper with two decorative engravings in the masthead.

The front page includes a brief yet significant notice that: "This Day is publish'd, Sir Isaac Newton's Opticks; or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections, and Colours of Light", which remains a landmark work in the history of science.

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Newspaper edited by the famed Jonathan Swift...

Item #697842

August 31, 1713

THE EXAMINER, London, Aug. 31, 1713 

* Rare 18th century publication

This editorial-format newspaper was edited by the famed Jonathan Swift at this time (of Gulliver's Travels fame), It promoted a Tory perspective on British politics, at a time when Queen Anne had replaced Whig ministers with Tories.

Complete as a single sheet newspaper as was typical of the day, 7 1/2 by 13 inches... See More  

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News from the Caribbean...

Item #697819

May 29, 1759

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 29, 1759  Page 5 has most of a column headed: "America" with reports from the Caribbean with bits including: "...skirmish with the enemy...near Point St. Petre in which we lost four or five negroes..." and: "...Grand Terre, in the island of Guadeloupe, has surrendered to the English..." with a bit more on this.

Eight pages, 8 1... See More  

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Abundant produce in America... Marie Antoinette...

Item #697811

August 24, 1793

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 24, 1793  

* 18th century American produce

* Marie Antoinette in prison

Page 2 has a report noting in part: "The American harvest...has proved so abundant that for 25 to 30 Winchester barrels have been computed the produce of many thousands single acres...that orders will be received for the exportation of 250,000 quarters of European or Indian ... See More  

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Early from Australia...

Item #697810

May 15, 1798

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 15, 1798  

* Early New South Wales, Australia

Page 3 has early reports concerning Australia, including: "Major Gross, the Lt. Governor of New South Wales...forced for his ill state of health to leave that settlement..." The colony, when that ship left Port Jackson, was doing well... reason to expect that the inhabitants for the future will be... See More  

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The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #697762

May 07, 1743

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, (Boston), May 7, 1743  

* Very rare 18th century magazine

* 1st successful magazine in America

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

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Five issue lot from before the Revolutionary War...

Item #697736

August 16, 1766

(5) THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, A group of five issues dated Jan. 14, 1758, Jan. 2, 1759, Jan. 13, 1761, Jan. 25, 17673, and Jan. 1, 1771. A nice little group lot providing a flavor of life in England from the period when tensions were growing with its American colonies. 

Each issue is complete in 8 pages, 8 by 11 inches, perhaps minor rubbing & foxing to some, generally in good condi... See More  

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A handsome newspaper from 1768... Rapid growth in Charleston...

Item #697719

June 13, 1768

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England (now spelled Gloucester), June 13, 1768  Various British news reports throughout, with its finest feature being the handsome masthead with two detailed engravings and the ornate lettering.

Page 3 has a brief item: "Letters from Charles-Town, South Carolina, mention that the inhabitants of that place are so much increased of late, that 500 new houses have b... See More  

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Wealth of illustrated ship advertisements... Escaped mulatto slave...

Item #697712

December 20, 1794


* During George Washington's administration

Within the issue are some 22 illustrated ship ads. There are also at least two runaway ads including: "One Guinea Reward" for a runaway mulatto woman, with details.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, indent to the back leaf margin does not affec... See More  

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Congress to abolish a tax on spirits...

Item #697694

October 16, 1798


* Rare 18th century American publication

The front page is taken up with ads including 23 illustrated ship ads.

Page 3 has discussion from Congress which includes: "...Resolved, 'That it will be expedient to abolish the tax on spirits distilled from materials of the growth or produce of the United States..."... See More  

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Beheading of King Louis XVI...

Item #697691
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1793 

* King Louis XVI of France execution by guillotine

The best content is the report headed: "Particular Account of the Murder of Louis XVI" which gives considerable detail of the closing moments of his life, ending with: "...The Confessor fell upon his knees, and implored the King's blessing, who gave it him with an a... See More  

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Applying for pension benefits in 1793...

Item #697660

January 30, 1793

THE MAIL; OR CLAYPOOLE'S DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 1793  

* American Revolutionary War victims

* Henry Knox document re. pension benefits

Page 2 has a document headed: "War Department" concerning pension benefits for those injured in the Revolutionary War. It is signed in type: H. Knox.

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

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Letter from President John Adams concerning France...

Item #697652

June 28, 1798

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, June 28, 1798 

* France relations

* John Adams letter

Page 2 begins with reports from Congress concerning Aliens, later to be solidified in the Aliens and Sedition Act.

Also a letter from the President concerning France, ending with: "...I will never send another Minister to France without assurances that he will be received, respected, and honored ... See More  

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Proclamation by General Anthony Wayne...

Item #697642

April 25, 1795


* Northwest Indian War

* Gen. Anthony Wayne

* Native Americans

* Proclamation for peace

Page 2 has: "A Proclamation" signed in type by Anthony Wayne, for establishing a permanent peace with all the Indian tribes and nations northwest of the Ohio River.

Four pages, never-trimmed, two binding holes at the spine... See More  

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Congress requires quotas by state... John Hancock signs...

Item #697640

February 04, 1777

THE LONDON EVENING POST, England, Feb. 4, 1777  Page 3 has a nice report on the situation in America, a few bits noting: "...The Provincials in Massachusetts Bay are in high spirits in certain expectation of being joined in the spring by the French & Spaniards...They had heard of the designed attack on Rhode Island & knew that the Americans had abandoned it by orders...did not ex... See More  

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More on Prevost's defeat... A letter criticizing the war in America...

Item #697639

August 17, 1779

THE LONDON EVENING POST, England, Aug. 17, 1779  The bottom of page 3 has a report noting: "...brings...a confirmation of the defeat of Prevost and that that General would have met with the fate of Burgoyne had it not been for the boats he had on the river, in which he caused to be embarked the small number of troops that escaped the sword of the Americans."

The back page has a ful... See More  

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Discussions in Congress...

Item #697638

June 20, 1798

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, June 20, 1798  Page 2 has much on the proceedings of the federal Congress, with pg. 3 have reports from the "Proceedings of the Legislature of Massachusetts" which include mention: "A Resolve passed for loaning certain cannon to the United States for the use of the frigate Constitution." 

Four pages, handsome masth... See More  

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British account of the Battle of Stono Ferry, and the Battle of Chemung, New York...

Item #697637

September 02, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Sept. 2, 1779  A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.

Nearly one-third of page 2 is a letter from an officer in the British army from Port Royal with his account of the Battle at Stono Ferry, a failed attempt by the Americans, under General... See More  

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Responding to General Clinton's offer for a reconciliation...

Item #697636

April 03, 1781


* General Henry Clinton

* Peace with Americans ?

* Revolutionary War

Pages 1 and 2 contain an excellent response to the controversial "Declaration" of General Clinton in which he offers a proposal for peace to the Americans. A few bits include: "The first thing which is offered is a pardon to ... See More  

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Engraving of the skyline of London... News from Boston...

Item #697633

August 01, 1771

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, August, 1771  Perhaps the most interesting feature is the full title/contents page which has a very intricately engraved view of the skyline of London at the time, making this very decorative.

Near the back is the "Monthly Chronologer" which includes over a full page of reports headed "America" with items from Boston, including 2 messages fro... See More  

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Battle of Dettingen: last time a British King led troops into battle...

Item #697602

* Battle of Dettingen

* King George II

* Last British monarch

* to lead army in battle

Much on the Battle of Dettington - the
last time that a British monarch, George II, personally led his troops into battle (see images).

One of the article is titled: "Objections to Mr. Yate's Theory of Comets" which include
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The battle near Minden...

Item #697520

August 25, 1759

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 25, 1759  

* Battle of Minden - Seven Years' War

This was one of the more famous titles from Europe during the 18th century. 

Entirely European content with a wealth of ads as well. The front page has a report concerning a recent battle near Minden, a major engagement during the Seven Years' War.

Four pages, a faint red tax st... See More  

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Very early, short-lived, colonial newspaper...

Item #697460

August 16, 1753

THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, August 16, 1753 

* Rare Colonial New York original

* Short lived publication

This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities" as Brigham relates.

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Very first of the advice column newspapers...

Item #697414

March 05, 1692

THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, March 5, 1692 

* Rare 17th century publication

This was the very first of the "agony aunt" newspapers, a newspaper providing personal advice to its readers.

In creating this format of responding to questions from readers, the publisher, John Dunton, did so as a result of feeling guilty for cheating on his wife. He thought that people like himself... See More  

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Wanted to hire...

Item #697409

January 28, 1796


* Uncommon publication

Various news reports of the day including a back page ad: "Wanted to Purchase - For A Term of Years" with the text beginning: "A sober, steady black man and wife, of middle age. The man must have a little knowledge of farming..." with more.

Four pages, a few minor font page stains... See More  

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Details on a ship wreck... Death of a governor...

Item #697403

January 23, 1796

THE HERALD; A GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, New York, Jan. 23, 1796  Various news reports of the day including a page 3 item: "A Grand Victory Obtained by the Austrians and: "Ship Wreck" with much detail. Also a report of the death of Samuel Huntington, governor of Connecticut, with much detail on the funeral.

Four pages, never-trimmed margins, good condition.

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Great issue on the siege and fall of Charleston to the British....

Item #697397

June 01, 1780

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, June, 1780  

* Fall of Charleston, South Carolina

* General Sir Henry Clinton

Inside has a full page: "Description of the Island of Skie or Skye, In Scotland". The mentioned map is lacking.

Near the back are 4 1/2 pages of reports headed: "American Affairs" which contain terrific detail on not only the British siege of Charleston, but ... See More  

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Two Proclamations by General Howe... Wealth of war reporting...

Item #697395
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, June, 1777 

* General William Howe

* American Revolutionary War

"American State Papers" has a Proclamation signed in type  by: W. Howe, concerning soldiers who were pressured into leaving the King's allegiance, offering pardon if they return. Plus another Proclamation signed by Howe offering acres of land in America at the w
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Latest news on the war, in a rare newspaper...

Item #697393

July 01, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, July 1, 1779  

* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication

A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This is the volume 1, #16 issue.

The front page has a report about the precarious situation of the American currency. Also a lett... See More  

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Death of George Washington's mother...

Item #697392

September 09, 1789


* Mary Ball Washington death

* President's G.W.'s mother

Pages 2 & 3 contain reports from the: "Proceedings in the House of Representatives of the United States", this being the founding year of the federal government. 

Page 3 has an inconspicuous yet significant report: "Died--At Fredericksburg, Mrs. Washin... See More  

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An 18th century extra re: Jay Treaty...

Item #697390

April 06, 1796

HERALD EXTRA, (New York), April 6, 1796  A folio size single sheet almost entirely taken up with discussion in the "Federal Legislature, House of Representatives" concerning the controversial Jay Treaty. See images for details. Never-trimmed margins, great condition.

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Ambassadors to resolve the crisis with France...

Item #697388

March 28, 1798


* 18th century American publication

The ftpg. has a full column article: "Slavery". Page 2 has much on the: "Proceedings of the Columbian Federal Congress" and pg. 3 has a document from President Adams which endorse Pinckney, Marshall & Gerry as representatives of the U.S. in attempting to resol... See More  

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Concerns about the pending Jay Treaty...

Item #697377

August 24, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Aug. 24, 1795  

* John - Jay's Treaty concerns

* Letter to George Washington

Page 2 has a letter from the people of Wilmington, Delaware: "To George Washington, President of the United States" on their concerns about the pending Jay Treaty. This is followed by another letter of similar concern "To Mr. Alexander Hamilton".

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William Cobbett's famous newspaper...

Item #697371

May 31, 1797

PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, Philadelphia, May 31, 1797  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 opponents, usually those of a Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The first issue app... See More  

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The radical, pro-American John Wilkes is committed to the Tower of London...

Item #697319
THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, England, May 9, 1768 

* John Wilkes jailed - radical

* Pre Revolutionary War

(currently spelled Gloucester). Page 2 has an impassioned letter signed in type by the radical journalist & politician John Wilkes. It begins: "In support of the liberties of this country, against the arbitrary rule of ministers, I was before committed to the TOWER and am now se... See More  

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Rare issue of the Oxford Gazette... Death toll from the Great Plague...

Item #697267

December 28, 1665

THE OXFORD GAZETTE, England, Dec. 28, 1665 

* Earliest & Rarest of newspapers to be had

* Great Plague of London - epidemic deaths

This is an extremely famous--and rare--title being the predecessor of the famous "London Gazette", the oldest continually published English language newspaper in the world. This is the #13 issue.

Because of the Plague at this time, the Royal ... See More  

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Front page Act signed by Sam Adams... Other thoughts on the Jay Treaty...

Item #697252

July 20, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, July 20, 1795 

* Samuel Adams

* Jay Treaty

Half of the front page is taken up with an Act of the Massachusetts legislature, signed in type by the governor: Samuel Adams.

Much of page 2 is taken up with: "Observations Against The TREATY." being the controversial Jay Treaty.

Four pages, very handsome masthead, never-trimmed margins, small bindin... See More  

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Concerns about the pending Jay Treaty, with Washington's response...

Item #697239

August 31, 1795

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Aug. 31, 1795 

* John - Jay's Treaty concerns

* George Washington response

Page 2 has a letter from the people of Morris County, N.J. on their concerns about the Jay Treaty. Also a similar letter from the merchants of Phila. to the President followed by: "The President's Answer" signed in type: Geo. Washington.

Four pages, very handsome... See More  

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Naval battle between the Americans & British... Franklin the 'old fox'...

Item #697219

January 03, 1778


* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America

This was a Tory newspaper published when the British occupied Philadelphia. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.

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Washington's anger over the murder of Captain Huddy...

Item #697218

May 21, 1782


* Captain Joshua Huddy execution - hanging

* General George Washington angry reaction

* American Revolutionary War

Two-thirds of the front page is taken up with "Debates in the House of Commons Upon the American War". An excellent report providing much insight into the discussions on the troubling si... See More  

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The "humble" beginnings of Stephen Girard...

Item #697217

October 17, 1792

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 17, 1792  The front page features 21 illustrated ship ad making this a decorative issue. The ftpg. also has a small notice for the "Cincinnati of Pennsylvania" [The Society of Cincinnati] calling for a meeting of the standing committee.

The back page has an ad by Stephen Girard, for the sale of merchandise (including French... See More  

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