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The first Boon Island beacon...

Item #652037

September 07, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 7, 1799 

* Very 1st Boon Island beacon

* President John Adams act

Most of the front page middle columns are taken up with three Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: John Adams (see). One is to erect a beacon on Boon Island. Wikipedia notes on its Boon Island page: "...In 1799 the first day marker and the station itself we... See More  

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On the coronation of King Louis XVI...

Item #650591

April 13, 1793

MASSACHUSETTS MERCURY, Boston, April 13, 1793  Most of the ftpg is a recollection of the: "Ceremony of Consecrating & Crowning the Late King of France" in 1775, given that he was beheaded recently. The prefacing note begins: "The transition from the throne to the scaffold has been short..." with some details in the following issue.

Four pages, 8 3/4 by 10 12 inches, a... See More  

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At a lesser price... from Boston...

Item #649301
(6) COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, a lot of six 2nd rate issues dating from 1795-1799. Various news of the day from this famous colonial town. This was arguably the most successful & well-known newspaper of in 18th century America. Could contain close-trimming, staining, archival mending, etc., but will not have loss of text. Please note: The S&H for this lot is a bit higher than that of a si... See More  

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Post-Revolutionary War Boston, with John Adams signatures...

Item #649292
(5) COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, lot of 5 issues dating from 1797-1801, each containing at least one John Adams signature. Somewhat 2nd-rate but not damaged.  Issues with his signature are increasingly hard to find, and these are priced at a significant discount.

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Post-Revolutionary War Boston...

Item #649216
(5)AN EARLY LOT - Five issues of the Columbian Centinel newspaper dating from 1794 to 1799. Each issue is in nice condition (not 2nd-rate). Increasingly rare from the 18th century. News of the day & period ads.  

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Duel between two military officers...

Item #648621

January 30, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston,  Jan. 30, 1799  Page 2 has a "Message" signed in type: John Adams, which introduces some documents concerning the situation in France. Also a report on: "A Duel" fought between Majors Cushing and Lewis, with details.

Four pages, archivally rejoined at the spine, light foxing, good condition.

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Much on the Napoleonic Wars...

Item #648583

January 02, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 2, 1799  Page 2 has a letter addressed to: "Thomas Jefferson, Vice President of the United States" concerning being an elector for President, signed: "A Plain American". Pg. 2 also has much on the Napoleonic Wars, with: "Official Account of the Amputation of Another Limb of the French Monster" "From Gibraltar" "Buon... See More  

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Gayhead lightouse on Martha's Vineyard...

Item #648443

June 06, 1799

J. RUSSELL'S GAZETTE, Boston, June 6, 1799

* Gay Head Lighthouse

* Martha's Vineyard

Page 2 has a report of a naval battle noting in part: "...the capt. of the privateer lost one leg. Bradford, it is said, came beating YANKEE DOODLE; he mounted only ten four pounders and had 25 men."

But the most notable content is the full column on page 4 which has: "Plan of a Ligh... See More  

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Boston newspaper with Loyalist leanings...

Item #647364

December 26, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, December 26, 1768  The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

All of pages 1 & 2 are taken up with a continued report on: "Voltaire on History". Page 3 has: "The Opinions of the Ministers of the colony of the Massachusetts...upon this question--Whether to Surrender the... See More  

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Would reject independence if offered... Regarding representation in Parliament...

Item #647363

April 04, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, April 4, 1768  Inside has most of a page taken up with a letter from the Speaker of the Mass. Assembly to one of the King's Secretaries of State, which includes: "...it seems to be conclusive that as those acts were made with the sole & express purpose of raising a revenue out of America, the subjects here are in those instances unfortunately ... See More  

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Boston newspaper with Loyalist leanings...

Item #647362

December 26, 1768


* Pro-British American publication

The publisher of this newspaper had Loyalist leanings, causing its demise before the formal outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

All of pages 1 & 2 are taken up with a continued report on: "Voltaire on History". Page 3 has: "The Opinions of the Ministers of the colony of the Massachusetts...upon th... See More  

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France to slip back to a monarchy?

Item #647069

August 24, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, Aug. 24, 1795  Most of the ftpg. is taken up with the conclusion of: "Vindication of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation with Great Britain" which was the controversial Jay Treaty. Pg. 2 has: "New French Constitution" which is to be made up of 3 branches, but also noting: "...chief defect in this new constitution proposed for France s... See More  

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From colonial Boston...

Item #646897

March 14, 1768


* Pro-British American publication

Inside has a report from Providence that: "...this colony...have appointed a committee to draw up an address to his Majesty & write to the Ministry & our Agent relative to the peculiar hardships & distresses the colonies are not labouring under." Other various news of the day from both Europe and th... See More  

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British military leaders think the war cannot be won...

Item #646048

September 08, 1779

THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Sept. 8, 1779  A nice newspaper from the midst of the Revolutionary War. Most of the ftpg. is taken up with discussions in Parliament which include talk of America including: "...wished to learn what was the present object of the war with America? How it was to be carried on, where, and with what? the force now in America, he presumed, could not in rea... See More  

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The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #645581

March 10, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, Massachusetts, March 10, 1743,4  (year noted as such as it was 1743 or 1744 depending on which calendar was used).

* Very rare 18th century magazine

* 1st successful magazine in America

This was the very first successful magazine in America, preceded by just a few magazines which lasted but a couple of issues--one of which was by Ben Franklin. Even this t... See More  

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A new card game...

Item #644160

July 30, 1795

FEDERAL ORRERY, Boston, July 30, 1795  Inside has an interesting article: "A New Game of Cards" called the 'Revolution', which is based on events of the French Revolution (see).

Four pages, very nice condition.

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Counting the slaves... The infant Navy...

Item #638250

August 08, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 15 and 28, 1798  A notable pair of issues. The entire front page & a bit of pg. 2  of the Aug. 15 issue are taken up with: "An Act to provide for the Valuation of Lands & dwelling houses & the Enumeration of Slaves within the United States". It concludes by taking up most of the ftpg. of the Aug. 18 issue where it is signed in script... See More  

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Spain declares war on Russia in 1799...

Item #630994

December 07, 1799


* Declaration of War, by the King of Spain, against the Emperor of Russia

The front page has in column 2, "Declaration of War, by the King of Spain, against the Emperor of Russia," followed by considerable text. Additional supporting articles are found on both the front page and within the issue (see im... See More  

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John Adams Script signature on the front page...

Item #622952

April 07, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 7, 1798 

* President John Adams : script signature on front page

Most of the third column on the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress, signed in script type by the President: John Adams (see) concerning the prevention of trade with foreign countries.

Other news of the day and ads throughout including six back page illustrated ship ads.

Four ... See More  

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From between the Boston Massacre & the Boston Tea Party...

Item #622343

August 03, 1772

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Aug. 3, 1772 

* Rare title

Pages 1 and 2 are almost entirely taken up with various European news, including military events, with pgs. 3 & 4 mostly taken up with ads.

Four pages, folio size, nice condition.

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A letter of thanks from Boston...

Item #612766

June 08, 1767

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL, (Gloucester), England, June 8, 1767  Page 3 has: "A Letter from Boston, New-England" is a note of thanks including: "...noble & generous efforts in support of the common rights of mankind & liberties of Great Britain & her colonies..." (see). The tone would change in a few years.

Red tax stamp on the front page, 4 pages, folio size, neve... See More  

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Item #606596

January 02, 1796

THE WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, Jan. 2, 1796  Page 3 has various news items including reports from Portland, Boston, Augusta, Charleston and Newark.

Four pages, 9 3/4 by 12 inches, bit of foxing, nice condition.

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Supplement issue concerning the United States & France...

Item #605772

February 06, 1799

SUPPLEMENT TO THE COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, (Boston), Feb. 6, 1799  This four page "supplement" issue is almost entirely taken up with the: "Report of the Secretary of State on the Transactions relating to the United States and France..." which has a brief introductory item signed by the President: John Adams.

Four pages, nice condition.

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Firepower for the "approaching season"...

Item #605766

January 12, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Jan. 12, 1799  Page 2 has a lengthy speech by the Mass. governor, signed in script type: Increase Sumner. The back page features a very interesting & unusual illustrated ad for "Gunnery Articles Suitable for the Approaching Season". One wonders what the season is, as the illustration shows a cannon (see).

Four pages, wear at the margins with minimal ... See More  

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Note from President Washington...

Item #602434

September 26, 1795

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 26, 1795  Page 3 has a small item prefaced with: "The following is the concluding paragraph of the answer of the President of the United States to the Chairman of the Norfolk meeting against the Treaty:" and what follows is the paragraph, signed in type: G. Washington.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, various small tears & archival mends ne... See More  

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18th century Boston...

Item #602180

February 03, 1798

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 3, 1798  The front page has: "American and France" Also a letter headed: "Intercepted Letter" which is signed: James Monroe. Other news & ads of the day.

Four pages, a few small & very discrete archival mends, some light damp staining, nice condition. 

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President Adams concerning trade with France...

Item #599357

July 07, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 7, 1799 

* President John Adams

* Trade with France

Page 2 has: "A Proclamation" by the President of the United States concerning the ending of trade with France, signed in script type: John Adams (see). Also a brief item: "Naval Affairs" which notes the President offers thanks to Capt. Truxton & crew of the Constellation for the... See More  

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Monroe is the ambassador to France...

Item #599285

November 12, 1794

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 12, 1794  The front page features a report from France on the introduction of "James Monroe" as the ambassador to that country, with his lengthy address to the French National Convention. Page 2 has: "The Mineral Waters of Saratoga in the State of New York" which takes over a full column.

Four pages, a small piece from the top of the back ... See More  

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News from 1792...

Item #599050

June 27, 1792

THE NEW YORK JOURNAL & PATRIOTIC REGISTER, June 27, 1792  The front page is filled with ads, and inside has reports from Boston, Philadelphia, Salem, New York, Charleston & elsewhere.

Four pages, a few tiny worm holes, very nice condition.

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Blaming the Tea Act for the Revolutionary War...

Item #598296

December 15, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Dec. 15, 1779  Nearly half of the front page has "Parliamentary Proceedings" which includes some discussion of events in the war in America, including; "General Grant appealed to the candor of the House for a few words to clear himself from any blame in the loss of St. Vincent's. He sailed from New York with 5000 troops..." and: &qu... See More  

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Trying to support Washington's mission...

Item #598287

November 03, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Nov. 3, 1779  Most of the front page is taken up with: "Further Thoughts on the Present Posture of Affairs, October, 1779" which has as its theme: "The two great parties into which this kingdom is unhappily divided, can agree in nothing but in maintaining & propagating one grand and capital  mistake relative to the welfare of this n... See More  

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Much on the Revolutionary War...

Item #598010

June 16, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, June 16, 1779  Nearly one-third of the front page has "Parliamentary Proceedings" which are focused on the actions of Sir William Howe in the Revolutionary War. A few bits include: "...With regard to Sir William Howe's reason for not marching the army up the east side of Hudson's River, the General said...there were  some small ... See More  

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Philadelphians want a reunion with England...

Item #597937

June 05, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, June 5, 1779 

* Revolutionary War

* John Burgoyne's army

Page 3 has an item noting: "The miserable remains of Burgoyne's army are at last released from captivity & are now on their passage home from Boston. It would indeed have added more to the military character, honour, and humanity of their commander to have staid with them, to ... See More  

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Southerners returning their allegiance to the King...

Item #597922

January 09, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Jan. 9, 1779 

* Revolutionary War

Page 2 has a report noting: "...was reported with an air of authenticity that government had just received advice of the Carolinians and Georgians having thrown off the yoke of Congress & began to beat up for volunteers for the service of their lawful sovereign..." and also: "Count D'Estaing ha... See More  

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Death & funeral of Increase Sumner...

Item #597576

June 12, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 12, 1799 

* Increase Sumner death

* Massachusetts governor

Page 2 has over a full column taken up with: "Arrangements For The Funeral Of the Late Governor Sumner" including the "Procession from the State House--Funeral Escort" showing the position of the "corpse" and the pall bearers (see). Nice to have in this title.

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Vermont to become a state? Duelling...

Item #597567

February 16, 1791

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Feb. 16, 1791 Most of the Page 2 has an article headed: "Dueling" taking about one-third of a column (see). Page 3 has: "Vermont" which is a short article on hopes of it becoming a state (see).

Four pages, some margin tears, loss to a lower corner, a few crude pg. 1 margin tears.

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1788 common sense...

Item #596226

October 18, 1788

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 18, 1788  Page 3 has an item from Philadelphia beginning; "The celebrated author of Common Sense says true when he says that..." (see). Also a report from New York concerning treaties with the Indians, plus a letter from Gov. St. Clair concerning an attack by Indians upon the federal troops.

Four pages, very nice condition.

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Nice 18th century masthead....

Item #595760

June 20, 1796

THE INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE & UNIVERSAL ADVERTISER, Boston, June 20, 1796  This newspaper has one of the more decorative mastheads of the 18th century (see). Page 3 has an interesting letter which begins: "The treaty lately negociated with Great Britain has been the means of destroying, effectually, the friendship which so happily subsisted between American and France..." with muc... See More  

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John Adams, Buonaparte, and the Whiskey Rebellion...

Item #594534

April 10, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 10, 1799  The front page has an address from the Grand Jury of Morris, N.J., to the President, and his gracious reply signed in type: John Adams. Page 2 has an address from the citizens and inhabitants of the Mississippi Territory to the President, and his gracious reply signed in type: John Adams.

Also in this issue are: "Buonaparte's Expe
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A letter signed by John Jay...

Item #594434

April 05, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 5, 1779 

* Revolutionary War 

* John Jay letter

Page 2 has a letter from Congress, prefaced with a note of explanation signed in type by: John Jay, concerning disavowing a publication which appeared in the Penna. Packet newspaper (see photos). Also a report from the Boston Gazette that: "General Washington, upon application to ... See More  

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George Washington & others plan the District of Columbia...

Item #594031

November 03, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 3, 1790 

* Creating Washington D.C.

Page 2 has: "The Western Posts" which begins: "Those barriers of the United States are still retained by the British; and...have lately been strengthened by additional fortifications & troops..." (see). Also from Georgetown a significant report on the beginning of plans to develop the permanent ... See More  

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Three issues of a scarce American magazine...

Item #594022

July 27, 1792

THE AMERICAN APOLLO, Boston, a group of 3 early issues of this magazine: July 27, September 14 & 28, 1792. 

* Rare 18th century Massachusetts magazines

All being riddled with worm holes which render the issues damaged. Otherwise complete and never bound nor trimmed with a decorative engraving on the outer wrapper (see photos).

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18th century America....

Item #593957

June 24, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 24, 1797  Inside has various news reports from both Europe & America, as well as news items from Congress. Pages 3 & 4 are mostly taken up with ads.

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

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Death of Governor Increase Sumner...

Item #592853

June 08, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 8, 1799  All of pages 2 & 3 are black bordered in mourning rules because of the death of Massachusetts governor Increase Sumner reported at the top of page 2 with: "Grievous Mortality" which begins: "The painful talk has devolved on us to announce an event which...will not be read without the most painful regret. Yesterday died...to the unsp... See More  

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A four page "Extra" issue...

Item #592292

May 19, 1798

CENTINEL EXTRA, (Boston), May 19, 1798  This is an uncommon 4 page "Extra" issue of the famous Columbian Centinel newspaper. Almost the entire issue it taken up with a lengthy document continued from the "regular" issue of Wednesday, concerning relations with France. Close-trimmed at the bottom of pages 2 & 3 cause some loss, otherwise in nice condition.

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Frustration with lost reinforcements...

Item #592265

November 02, 1779

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, Nov. 2, 1779  The entire front page and a bit of pg. 2 are taken up with: "The Justifying Memorial of the King of Great Britain in Answer to the Exposition of the Court of France". This lengthy piece concerning the French involvement in the Revolutionary War, a few bits noting in part: "...During the disputes that had arisen between Great Bri... See More  

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Short-lived 18th century Boston magazine...

Item #590718
THE AMERICAN APOLLO, Boston, July 13, 1792  A 20 page magazine featuring a large engraving on the front page.

Near the back is the "American Intelligence" with various news reports, including datelines of Quebec, Kingston, Jamaica; Philadelphia, Albany, New York, Boston, and Niagara, the latter having a descriptive article on Niagara Falls.

A scarce periodical which lasted but 39 ... See More  

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The sport of boxing in 1790...

Item #590354

October 30, 1790

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, October 30, 1790  Page 2 has an article: "Boxing" which is a very early report of the sport (see photos). Other items including a page 3 article on: "Duelling", "King of France's Demand", "the Art of Joking", "King of Sweden" and other items.

Complete in 4 pages, never-trimmed margins, great condition. The back... See More  

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Debating who will replace the President...

Item #589492

March 07, 1792

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, March 7, 1792

* Presidential Succession Act of 1792

The "Vacancy Bill" on pg. 2 says the Senate agreed to all the amendments, except one, regarding what officer should act as President in case of a double vacancy. It further states that the one amendment was receded and that: "The Bill now provides that the President of the Senate, pr... See More  

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Sam Adams... Building the frigate United States...

Item #586734

August 03, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, August 3, 1796  The first column on the front page has an Act of the Mass. Legislature signed in type by: Samuel Adams. Page 2 has: "French Victory on the Rhine" concerning Buonaparte. Also: "Intercourse With Canada". Also a brief yet notable report from Philadelphia: "The building of the United States Frigate, now constructing in Southwark... See More  

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