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Revolutionary War events in the South...

Item #655261

April 19, 1779

EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, April 19, 1779 

* Rare Revolutionary War era title

Two columns on pages 1 & 2 are taken up with: "Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America in the Years 1766, 1767, and 17678. By J. Carver..." which has some interesting reading. One item notes: "...many obstructions would arise to my scheme from the want of good maps and ... See More  

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From the Revolutionary War...

Item #655236
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1780  A fine opportunity to purchase a magazine from during the Revolutionary War at a reasonable price, as there is very little American content in this issue. Just one report in the "Historical Chronicle" with two items: "There have been no material advices from America that can be rely'd on. A vague report...that two French sh... See More  

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Building lot for sale in the new federal capital...

Item #655091

August 18, 1791

DUNLAPS AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1791 

* Washington D.C. land sale

* Early U.S. government

The front page has a nice ad concerning the sale of a "Number of Lots in the Federal City." Mentions that the President of the United States approved the "...Sites for the Public Buildings pursuant to the Act passed by Congress ...for establ... See More  

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A report from the French & Indian War...

Item #654920
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1755  Among the articles in this issue are: "Humorous Account of the Pedigree of Race Horses" which has as a page headed: "Scheme for Improving the Breed of Jockeys"; "An Enquiry into the Origin of the Romans" and much more.

Near the back is the "Historical Chronicle" which has the latest news report of the ... See More  

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Parson Weems' book on George Washington...

Item #654524

June 28, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, June 28, 1803  The back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia their subscriptions to the History of General George Washington."

Parson Weems was an author who wrote the first bio... See More  

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America's first successful newspaper...

Item #654263

April 17, 1740

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

* Earliest of American newspapers to be had

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

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A Tory newspaper printed in occupied Philadelphia...

Item #654261

January 07, 1778


* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America

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

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

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Parson Weems' book on George Washington...

Item #653645

June 03, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, June 3, 1803  The top of the back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia their subscriptions to the History of General George Washington."

Parson Weems was an author who wrote the... See More  

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One of the earliest newspapers from the colonies...

Item #653154

May 15, 1735

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 1735/6 

* Earliest of American newspapers

* Very early & rare

The double year reflects the two calendars in use at the time. My today's calendar the year is 1736. 

As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1... See More  

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Item #652857

October 14, 1789

THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, Oct. 14, 1789  Page 2 has a great letter stating the considerable economic growth of the United States in producing their own manufactured goods, etc. It begins: "A letter from Philadelphia speaks of the rapid advancement of the American in all those manufactures which heretofore were chiefly derived from Europe..." and going on to cite ... See More  

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Martha Washington arrives in New York...

Item #652848

May 28, 1789

THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 28, 1789 

* Martha Washington's journey

* 1st First Lady joining the President

Page 2 has reporting of: "Congressional Intelligence" from the early months of the new federal government. Also a report beginning: "Yesterday arrived in this City from Mount Vernon, Mrs. WASHINGTON, the amiable consort of the President of the U. States.... See More  

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North Carolina ratifies the Constitution... Albany described...

Item #652834
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, December, 1789 

* United States Constitution

* North Carolina ratification

* Albany, New York

The issue begins with a full page: "Description of the City of Albany" (plate is lacking). Other items include: "Memoirs of The Bastille"; a very interesting & detailed: "Letter III - Letters from a Pennsylvanian on his Travel... See More  

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Washington proclaims a day of thanksgiving...

Item #652718
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, October, 1789 

* President George Washington

* 1st Day of Thanksgiving proclamation

The issue begins with a continuation of the "History of the American War" which takes 8 pages & continues in a future issue. Other articles include: "Memoirs of the Bastille" "A short Description of the country between North River and ... See More  

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Philadelphia magazine from the formative year of America's government...

Item #652708

June 01, 1789

COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, June, 1789  The issue begins with the continued "Concise History of the Late War In America" which takes 8 pages.

Other articles include: "The Life of William Penn, the Celebrated Founder of Pennsylvania" which is a continued article; "Arguments Drawn from Interest as well as Humanity Against the Practice of Slavery in the French Col... See More  

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Constitutional Convention begins & Washington is elected its President...

Item #652583

May 28, 1787


* Constitutional Convention begins

* George Washington elected 1st president

An exceedingly historic issue as this newspaper reports the formal beginning of the Constitutional Convention--terrific to have in a newspaper from the city where these notable proceedings were held. As such, this is likely the first newsp... See More  

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Creating a new federal government...

Item #652571

March 01, 1789

THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, March, 1789   The first 8 pages are taken up with: "A Concise History of the Late War In America" continued in a future issue. Also inside: "On the Duties of a Physician" which takes over 5 pages; "On the Requisites For Making a Man" "An Essay on Genius" and more. Near the back is: "The Chronicle" wit... See More  

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Death of John Hancock...

Item #652448
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793  Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock.  Perhaps it is not unexpected that the death of this notable person, who had been such a thorn in the side of England during the years ... See More  

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Multiple reports from America...

"No liberty! No life! Proper wages..." - a commoner's view of English life...

Item #652298

June 02, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, June 2, 1768  Multiple inside reports are from various locations throughout America, including two articles from New York, one from Boston, and another from Philadelphia (see images for details). The Postscript has the interesting, "No liberty! No life! Proper wages, and down with oppression. In a letter to the brave people of England," a rather lengthy title b... See More  

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Great item on Dickinson College in Carlisle...

Item #652144

January 28, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, January 28, 1803 

* Very early Dickinson College

* Advertisement for admission

The back page has a terrific & quite detailed notice headed: "DICKINSON COLLEGE" which details the stringent requirements of the students, and that: "...trustees & professors are equally solicitous that the seminary should be placed on a resp... See More  

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Nice content on defeating the Regulators of North Carolina...

Item #651959

June 27, 1771


* Rare Colonial Pennsylvania title

* North Carolina regulators

* Great masthead for display

This newspaper features one of the larger & more decorative masthead engravings to be found in a colonial America newspaper. 

Page 2 has a report from Wilmington, North Carolina noting: "In consequ... See More  

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Congress to meet in Princeton?

Item #651276

November 22, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 22, 1783  Page 3 has a report from Charleston concerning commerce. Also a dateline from Savannah. Then a report from Congress concerning the finances of the country which includes a document signed in type: Robert Morris. Also a dispatch: "That it had been formally debated in Congress at Prince-Town [Princeton] whether the delegates should return to Ph... See More  

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Trouble in dealing with the Loyalists...

Item #651233

November 06, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Nov. 6, 1783

* Closing events of the Revolutionary War

The ftpg. has a letter from Philadelphia noting in part: "The arts of factious demagogues have hitherto prevented a calm consideration of those articles of the treaty that respect the Loyalists...certain obnoxious characters that it is imagined will not he permitted to return."

Page 7 has: "... See More  

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Washington's state-of-the-union address printed in full...

Item #650331
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1796  Certainly the most notable content is the: "Interesting Intelligence from the American States" which takes over 3 pages of text. Over 2 pages of this text is taken up with George Washington's state-of-the-union address to the nation. It is dated at Philadelphia, Dec. 8 & is prefaced with: "This day, the President met both... See More  

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Naval events in the Revolutionary War... Reference to the surrender at Saratoga...

Item #650160

January 01, 1778

THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1778  Over 2 pages are taken up with a: "Dialogue Between an Englishman and an American Descendant from  English Ancestors" (see for portions). Over 2 pages near the back has: "American Affairs" which includes a report from Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Howe on the state of the navy in American waters, written from on board his ship... See More  

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Prisoners of War... Fate of the Loyalists...

Item #650126

July 03, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 3, 1783 

* Revolutionary War Era

* 18th century

* From The Enemy

The back page has several items concerning prisoners from the war and an agreement made concerning Loyalists: "A negociation has been held between the American Congress & the King's officers relative to such persons as intended to stay, to dispose of their effects after t... See More  

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Famous "Unite Or Die" engraving in the masthead...

Item #649969

November 30, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, November 30, 1774  If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption.  The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of this newspaper, shows a snake cut into various pieces, each with a
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"The Lady of the Haystack"...

Item #649714

April 24, 1801

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 24, 1801  Page 3 has most of a column headed: "Death of Loisa [Louisa]: The Maid of the Hay-Stack".

Four pages, minor margin foxing, good condition.

In 1776 an unfortunate woman was found sheltering under a haystack in Bourton, near Bristol. By day she would seek charity from the local people, but at night ... See More  

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Loyalists will be treated better than expected...

Item #649668

May 13, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 13, 1783 

* Loyalists staying in America ?

Page 5 has: "Letters received from Philadelphia, by the way of France say, that the Loyalists are likely to receive a much more favourable treatment from the new government than was generally expected; it being determined by the Pennsylvanians to prevent emigration as much as possible by lenient measures,... See More  

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American to continue to maintain a military...

Item #649647

April 08, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 8, 1783  Page 2 has a brief item: "Letters from Philadelphia say that Congress have resolved to keep up a military force, consisting of regular effective men, and that Gen. Washington had been applied to for his opinion as to the number necessary to be maintained, their pay, quarters, and mode of establishment."

Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 1/14 in... See More  

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The French to leave America... Trade has to wait for a formal agreement...

Item #649622

March 06, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 6, 1783  Page 3 has two small bits: "All the ships that have cargoes for America are ordered to wait till a final commercial settlement has taken place between this country and the United States." and also: "Letters from Philadelphia mention that Congress were settling matters with the French for their finally quitting the dominions of the U... See More  

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Background on the Callender/Jefferson connection...

Item #648967

March 23, 1801


* President Thomas Jefferson

* James T. Callender

Page 2 has a small & curious item: "We hear that the President of the United States has remitted the remainder of the sentence of James Thompson Callender, convicted last summer of a libel..." with a bit more. It was Callender whom Jefferson... See More  

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An alternative to Capital punishment?

Reports from America... Colonists economically distressed by duties..

Item #648913

January 19, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 19, 1768  This issue may start with a review of a book on Gout and end with a set of fables, but within are a set of reports from America and the description for how Denmark handles certain capitol offenses - all of which make interesting period reading. Other news of the day from locations  throughout the world are also present.

The reports from America in... See More  

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Shamokin, Pennsylvania... Crown Point, Albany, New York... Susquehanna River...

Item #648710
GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1756  This issue begins with a nearly 3 page article: "An Account of the Siege & Capture of Port Mahon" on the island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean. During the Seven Years' War in Europe, of which the French & Indian War was an extension in North America, Spain regained the island from Great Britain in 1756 after the ... See More  

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Create three republics, not one...

Item #648499

April 16, 1787

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, Hartford, April 16, 1787  Keeping in mind that the Constitutional Convention would convene in May, page 2 has a fascinating letter headed: "A Thought For the Delegates to the Convention to be held at Philadelphia" which offers an interesting proposal: "Instead of attempting to amend the present articles of confederation...or instead of attempting one ge... See More  

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American trade with China...

Item #648387
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, March, 1790 

Among the articles within are: "Singular Instance of the Religious zeal of the Hindoos..." "Remarks on Treading out Wheat" which includes not just one by 4 illustrations (see); a curious one in light of today's economy: "Remarks on the Commerce of America with China" "An Oration on Capital Punishments"... See More  

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With the "Supplement" issue as well...

Item #647482

June 29, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 29, 1793  Pg. 2 has a brief mention of federal troops on the march to Pittsburgh. The bkpg. has reports concerning actions with the Indians in the Southeast (see).

Included is the single sheet "Supplement" as well which contains many reward ads. The ftpg. features 13 illustrated ship ads.

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Address to the President with his response...

Item #647480

May 16, 1798


* 18th century America

* John Adams address

Pages 2 & 3 have an address to the President from the: "Young Men of the City of Philadelphia..." with his response to them signed in type: John Adams. Much other news of the day.

Four pages, some foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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Ben Franklin letters...

Item #647334
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, Sept., 1790  A nice issue with a full title/contents page with an embellishment at the top (see). Included within are two item by Ben Franklin: "Letter on the Death of Persons Struck with Lightning--by Dr. Franklin" and "Extracts of Letters form Dr. Franklin to Monsieur Dubourg, the French Translator of his Works" 

The back page has... See More  

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The will and funeral of Samuel Johnson...

Item #647237
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1784  Among the articles are: "Abstract of the Will of the late Justice Russell" which includes a full page plate of him (see photos). Also: "A Biographical Sketch of Dr. Samuel Johnson" which takes 12 pages; and "Antiquities in London Described", "Dr. Johnson's Will & the Ceremonial of his funeral... See More  

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Colonists discuss altering the non-importation agreement...

Item #647079
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1770  The reverse of the title page is filled with: "American Affairs" with reports from Jamaica, South Carolina, Boston, and New York. The report from Boston hints of the growing tensions between England and the colonies with: "...the Assembly at Boston...members refused to proceed to business while under the influence of the milit... See More  

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America tries to remain neutral...

Item #647070

June 27, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 27, 1793  Page 3 has: "A Bill" titled: "An Act more Effectually to Prevent, during the Present War Between Great Britain & France, all Traitorous Correspondence with, or Aid or Assistance being Given to, His Majesty's Enemies."

The ftpg. is filled with ads including 16 illustrated ship ads. Four pages, ver... See More  

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A Proclamation from the infamous "Queen" Margaret Nicholson...

Item #647064

January 19, 1787

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISE, Philadelphia, Jan. 19, 1787  The ftpg. has a fascinating: "Proclamation - By the Queen Margaret" who was actually the infamous Margaret Nicholson, who the previous year attempted to assassinate King George III some months prior. She was ultimately determined to be inside and was committed to the asylum at Bedlam, England. She had claimed--a... See More  

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Concerning the Stamp Act...

Item #647035
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1765  Near the back under: "Remarkable Events" is a report of ships arriving at Philadelphia: "...with the stamps on board for Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, when several citizens assembled in order to consider ways and means for preventing the stamp act taking place in that province..." with more.

Further on is &quo... See More  

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Plan to create a nobility for the United States...

Item #646172
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, May, 1792  This title, along with the "Columbian Magazine", has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, both published in Philadelphia. The Museum was published by Mathew Carey and existed from January, 1787 thru the end of 1792.

Content includes a nearly full page: "Meteorological Observations" chart for April; "... See More  

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The card game of Quadrille...

Item #645984
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1787  Among the articles: "On the Game of Quadrille" which is a type of card game from the 18th century. The article takes over a full page and is very descriptive. Near the back is half a column of news headed: "America" with information from a letter arrived from Philadelphia. Much news from England as well.

Included are both... See More  

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Harrison's report on the Battle of Tippecanoe...

Item #645639

January 16, 1812

UNITED STATES' GAZETTE FOR THE COUNTRY, Philadelphia, Jan. 16, (1812) 

* Battle of Tippecanoe

* William Henry Harrison

Over half of the back page is taken up with a letter datelined "Vincennes, Dec. 13, 1811" and signed in type by: William H. Harrison, with his statement concerning the Battle of Tippecanoe and the events which surrounded it.

Four pages, very nice condit... See More  

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Short-lived American magazine from the 1790's...

Item #645540

January 23, 1797

AMERICAN UNIVERSAL MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, Jan. 23, 1797  A rather scarce bi-weekly magazine which was primarily eclectic in its content, lasting from Jan. 2, 1797 to March 7, 1798. This is the volume 1, number 4 issue.

The issue begins with: "Description of the Admiralty Telegraph" (lacking the plate). Other articles include: "M. De Voltaire's Account & Opinion of Pen... See More  

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Premature report of the death of Ben Franklin....

Item #645503

March 04, 1788

LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 4, 1788  Page 2 has a curious item: "Letters are said to have been received from Philadelphia which mention that the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin died there about the middle of January last in the 78th year of his age. Many historian will soon be engaged to delineate his character...one of the most extraordinary any age or country has produced..."... See More  

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News from America...

Item #645467
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1760  Among the articles in this issue are: "A Treatise on Canine Madness" "On The High Price of Candles" "Reflections by M. Maubert on the Importance of Canada" "A Description of Montreal & the Adjacent Country" "Some Account of Carisbrook Castle in the Isle of Wight..." which is accompanied by ... See More  

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Pensioners with the U.S. military...

Item #645436

June 28, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 28, 1791  The ftpg. has a document from the "War Department" signed in type by: H. Knox, Secretary of War, concerning military pensioners and how they can apply for benefits (see).

Four pages, minor loss to a blank corner from the back leaf, very nice condition.

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