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French & Indian War... Hudson Bay fur trade...

Item #644829
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1754 

* French & Indian War

* Much from America including the Hudson Bay fir trade

The "Historical Chronicle" near the back has a few items with American mention including: "Our North American navigators have found out a safe & good passage between the Colloredo rocks and Cuba which will shorten the passage from Jam... See More  

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Judaica content ... The Revolutionary War...

Item #644795

March 18, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 18, 1777 

* Revloutionary War from the enemy

* Jewish - Jews - Judaica

Page 2 has a nice letter on board a British ship to a friend, datelined from New York, Jan. 4, 1777, which is mostly about shipping issues and includes: "...the 14th took a french snow loaded with wine, sugar & field pieces for the Rebels; she sailed from Hispani
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Gage gives up his command to Howe... The surrender of Ft. Chambly...

Item #644757

November 04, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Nov. 4, 1775 

* General William Howe takes over command

Pages 1, 2, and 3 contains a series of letters to and from Governor Thomas Gage, who had recently been recalled to England, giving up his command of British forces in America to Gen. Howe. Each is signed by him in type, and one--which appears on the front page--gives a warning to
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Independence of America will destroy the marine power of England... A plan for capturing General Greene...

Item #644610

July 18, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 18, 1782 

* Revolutionary War

* From The Enemy

Page 4 has a letter noting: "...urging the Councils of the State to give up to French & Congressional ambition the independence of American, and with it our best resources of commerce, wealth, and naval strength...For the wise maxims...of that Court...are 'that the independence of America mu... See More  

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Fort Augusta in Jamaica...

Item #644282
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1763  Among the articles noted in the table of contents are: "Life of the Celebrated Christina, Queen of Sweden" "Monstrous Credulity of Papists" "History of Canterbury & its Cathedral" "Inflammatory Fevers, Sore Throats, etc." & more. In the "Historical Chronicle" is a report beginning: ... See More  

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Battle of Bunker Hill... The Gunpowder Incident...

Item #644253

July 01, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, July 1, 1775 

* Battle of Bunker Hill - Charlestown

* American Revolutionary War

* The gunpowder incident

The most significant content would be a fine account of the very historic Battle of Bunker Hill, being a letter datelined: "Watertown, June 22" and includes in part: "Before this reaches you, you will doubtless hear of the eng... See More  

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

Item #644207

March 04, 1788

LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 4, 1788 

* Benjamin Franklin

* False death report

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 extra... See More  

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The battle for New York…

Item #644101

October 15, 1776


* Battle of Long Island - Brooklyn

* George Washington vs. William Howe

* Rare Benedict Arnold mention

Included is a noted that: "This Day were Published" various maps of the American colonies as noted.  "London" on page 6 reports that: "…on the 8th New York was attacked by our men of war, etc." and that: "&... See More  

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Laying out & building Washington, D.C...

Item #643878

January 04, 1792

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Jan. 4, 1792 

* Creating Washington D.C.

* Nation's capital planning

A terrific issue on the creation of the nation's capital. Beginning on page 2 & taking half of page 3 is a great article titled: "New City Of Washington" which has as a subtitle: "Plan of the City intended for the permanent seat of the Government o... See More  

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Mention of John Paul Jones, and more...

Item #643518

May 30, 1780

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, May 30, 1780 

* Revolutionary War

* Great masthead

On the front page under "London" is part of a letter from Amsterdam stating: "...that several English gentlemen have been in company with the celebrated Paul Jones, who relate that he is proud & haughty, and can talk nothing of sea affairs; however, he has the good manners not t... See More  

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Creating the District of Columbia...

Item #643379

January 27, 1791

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 27, 1791 

* Creating Washington D.C. - seat of government

* President George Washington & Thomas Jefferson

The entire first column on page 2 is taken up with a very historic document: "A Proclamation" in which Maryland & Virginia both offered to cede to the United States land upon which the capital would be cr... See More  

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"Harry the EIghth" Playing Cards...

John Adams script signatures... Trenton the federal capital...

Item #643002

October 19, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 19, 1799 

* Two President John Adams script signatures

* Nice ad for King Harry the Eighth Playing Cards

* Trenton, New Jersey serves as Federal Capital

* Moses Gill proclamation and script signature

The front page features two Acts of Congress, each one signed in script type by the President: John Adams. One is a conclusion from a previous issue for ... See More  

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Engraving of the Corsican chief Pascal Paoli... Article by Ben Franklin...

Item #642804

* Ben Franklin letter regarding the poor

* Engraving of Pascal Paoli of Corsica

* Early fire engine

* Reports from America, including Indians

Taking nearly two pages is a letter: "Hardheartedness to the Poor Considered" which was written by Ben Franklin, although signed: "Medius" (see https://founders.archives.gov/docum... See More  

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Trouble with the Indians in America...

Item #642793
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1763  The issue begins with: "Two Proposals for Establishing a Lasting Peace & Friendship with the Indians in North America" which takes over 1 1/2 pages.

Other articles include: "Account of the Discovery & Conquest of Siberia"; a letter: "To Peter Collinson, Esq., from the Rev. Jared Eliot at Killingsworth in ... See More  

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Louisiana & the Mississippi River described... Trouble with Indians in America...

Item #642792
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1763  Certainly the most significant item in this issue is the nearly 3 1/2 page article: "An Account of the Commerce of Louisiana" which is quite detailed (see for potions) and also includes: "...the Mississippi is a very rapid as far as the Missouri, which is about 1200 miles from its mouth, which, though it makes it difficult to ... See More  

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An award in Ben Franklin's honor... Indians kidnap several colonists...

Item #642755
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1753  Of particular interest is: "Annual Medal of the Royal Society" which has Ben Franklin's name on it. There is related text noting: "...This mark of distinction is double due to Mr. Franklin. It is due to him as a philosopher; it is due to him as a man. The successful experiments of this philosopher have given us probable ... See More  

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Newspaper with the famous Ben Franklin imprint, with good content as well...

Item #642537

January 03, 1765


* Most famous of newspapers

* Benjamin Franklin (rare)

This is perhaps one of the most famous newspapers of the colonial era, almost entirely because it was printed by the partnership of Franklin & Hall as indicated by the imprint at the bottom of the back page which lists him by name, and identifies him as the Postmaster as well: "Printed by B... See More  

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Captain James Cook in the South Pacific... Early balloon flights...

Item #642516
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1784 This periodical was the first ever to use the word "magazine" in its title.

There is a nice article: "On the General Post Office & Postage of Letters" with a chart of the various rates and small engravings of cancellations & free postage, franking notations (see).

There is a nice letter concerning early hot air bal... See More  

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Beautiful masthead... On the Battle of Eutaw Springs...

Item #642512

December 29, 1781


* Battle of Eutaw Springs

* Great masthead engraving for display

I have always thought  this newspaper has one of the finest masthead, featuring an uncommonly large engraving with an Indian and an angel on either side of the "Journal", plus a 3-masted ship & other embellishments (... See More  

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Map of the Caribbean island of Tobago... Canal map of Ireland...

Item #642331

* Map of the Caribbean island of Tobago

* American Revolutionary War era

A very nice "Supplement" issue published at the end of the year, & from the Revolutionary War.

Perhaps the best item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of the Island of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual Survey by ... See More  

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Map of the Caribbean island of Tobago... Canal map of Ireland...

Item #641358
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE SUPPLEMENT, London, For the Year 1778  A very nice "Supplement" issue published at the end of the year, & from the Revolutionary War.

Perhaps the best item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of the Island of TOBAGO, Drawn from an Actual Survey by Thos. Bowen 1779" (see). The map is quite detailed and measures 8 1/2 by 10... See More  

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Philadelphia described... Discussion on the Jew Bill...

Item #640802
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1753  Pages 1 through 4 are taken up with a fascinating article titled: "A Compleat View of the Controversy concerning the late Act in favour of the Jews". The subheads include: "Reasons for the Jews Bill and Answers" and "Objections to the Jews Bill and Answers". There are 13 "Objections", each with an answ... See More  

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The doctrine of original sin... James Logan's legacy to Philadelphia...

Item #640673
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1766  Most of a column is taken up with: "American News".

Articles within this issue include: "Logan's Legacy to the City of Philadelphia" being a library of books, "On the Doctrine of Original Sin", "A newly Discovered Power in Spiders" which includes an illustration, much on: "Considerations on... See More  

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Plate of erupting Mount Vesuvius...

Item #640631
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1767  This issue features a terrific full page plate captioned: "Mount Vesuvius with its Eruptions in the Year 1767" which is accompanied by a detailed article as well (see).

There is an article: "Resolutions of the Province of New York"

Among the articles within are: "Remarkable Trials in the Star Chamber" "... See More  

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Washington planning an expedition against Quebec?

Item #640559

April 13, 1782

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 13, 1782 

* American Revolutionary War

* George Washington & Quebec

The ftpg. has an item: "...letter from Philadelphia...says that as soon as a reconciliation takes place between them and the Mother Country, the Congress intend to publish a proclamation ordering all their people home who are in the service of France, Spain, or any of the e... See More  

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Incredibly historic!

Announcement that the Constitution has been created...

Item #640371

September 18, 1787

THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, September 18, 1787 

* First announcement that the Constitution of the United States has been finalized

* In regards to historic announcements in U.S. history, this is rivaled only by the announcement that the Declaration of Independence had been signed

A singularly historic newspaper and the first time this issue has been ... See More  

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Crew of the Philadelphia liberated in the Barbary War...

Item #640366

April 10, 1804

THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN REPOSITORY, Hudson, New York, April 10, 1804 

* First Barbary War - Tripolitan

* Frigate USS Philadelphia

Inside has: "Pleasing Article" noting: "Captain Mentor...informs that all the officers of the United States frigate Philadelphia...had been liberated through the spirited interference of the French Consul...and that 15 or 20 of the crew ha... See More  

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Death of John Hancock...

Item #640272
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793

* John Hancock death (1st report)

* American revolution patriot

* Declaration of Independence fame

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... See More  

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Creating the Mason-Dixon Line: map of America...

Item #640260
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1769 

* Early America Map PA & MD

* Mason and Dixon Line creation

Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice full page map of the Chesapeake region showing parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and all of Delaware. The inset in the lower right corner reads: "A Map of that Part of America where a Degree... See More  

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Ben Franklin... The "second" Boston Tea Party...

Item #640255

* The Second Boston Tea Party

* Dr. Benjamin Franklin

Among the articles in this issue are: "...Address & Petition presented to the King...previous to his Majesty's signing the Bill for the better Government of Quebec" "Conjectures Concerning the Phenomenon of Saturn's Ring" "A Wonderful Improvement... See More  

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Map of the Island of Martinique... Early American Indians...

Item #640093
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, March, 1759 

* Island of Martinique map

* Early Native American - Indians

Certainly the prime content in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Martinico from the latest & best Authorities." with an inset labeled: "A Map of that Part of Guadaloupe where the English made their Defense, Jan. 23, 1759&quo... See More  

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Benjamin Franklin's Plan for the Union... Albany Congress...

Item #639930
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1754  Inside under America is a July 29 report from New York about the famous Albany Congress stating that: "...on the 16 instant the lieutenant-governor arrived from Albany ...having settled matters to the entire satisfaction of all the nations of Indians that attended the congress at that place." Says commissioners from Philadelphia, Mary... See More  

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Map of the Coast of France... Map of a portion of India...

Item #639929
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1757  Articles include: "Curious Accounts of the Present Comet" which includes a nearly half page print relating to it (see images); "Account of Medical Observations & Inquiries" "Aneurysm of the Aorta" "Fire Engine--Earthquakes--Microscopical Observations" and more.

There is also a nice & lengthy: &... See More  

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The Articles of Confederation...

Item #639486

March 11, 1778


* The Articles of Confederation (historic)

* American Revolutionary War

This was a strongly Tory newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.

There are only a handful of documents in American history which can be considered cornerstones in the cre... See More  

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Colonial currency from Pennsylvania...

Item #639346

April 10, 1777

Colonial currency: Pennsylvania, three pence note dated April 10, 1777.  A decorative border plus an engraving of the Penna. coat-of-arms along with the text. The reverse has: "To counterfeit is DEATH" along with "Three Pence, Philadelphia, printed by John Dunlap" and the year 1777. John Dunlap was also the printer of the Declaration of Independence. One signature, measure... See More  

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Nice issue on the Little Belt Affair, and the Battle of Tippecanoe...

Item #638927

December 09, 1811

UNITED STATES' GAZETTE FOR  THE COUNTRY, Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 1811 

* Battle of Tippecanoe 

* The Little Belt Affair

The front page begins with much reporting concerning the investigation into the Little Belt Affair, being Commodore Rodgers report to the court of inquiry, with the "Judgment of the Court", much in favor of the actions Rodgers in the battle (see... See More  

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Two consecutive issues have a lengthy speech regarding America...

Item #637919

April 01, 1779

* Speeches on America during American Revolutionary War

* 2 original issues from the enemy

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, a pair of consecutive  issues containing in full the lengthy: "Governor Johnston's Speech...on Mr. Fox's Motion for a Vote of Censure on Administration for not Sending out a Reinforcement earlier last year to Lord Howe at New York" which obviously has... See More  

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The immigrant issue in America in 1787...

Item #637562

May 01, 1787

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1787  Included is a brief section headed: "American News" which references the end of the Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts, and also mention that: "...from Philadelphia...that thirty thousand emigrants have arrived there since the war; that twenty thousand Germans and Dutch occupy a tract of 50 miles; and that grants have been made of... See More  

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

Item #636819

August 03, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 3, 1796 

* USS United States construction

* Samuel Adams act

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... See More  

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On the Roberts & Carlisle treason... Discussion of the American war...

Item #636665
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1779  The first article: "Summary of Proceedings in the Present Parliament" takes ten pages and includes much talk of the on-going Revolutionary War, bits including: "...He enumerated a black catalogue of crimes committed by the leaders of the American rebellion against his Majesty's loyal subjects in that country..." and ... See More  

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Hull not to be rewarded for capturing the Guerriere...

Item #636382

February 06, 1813

THE UNITED STATES' GAZETTE, Philadelphia, Feb. 6, 1813 Reports include: "A Bill for the Regulation of Seamen on Board the Publick Vessels..." (printing flaw here); "North Western Army" is a letter from a soldier at "Head Quarters, Upper Sandusky"; much reporting from "Congress" which includes: "Captain Hull's Remunerations Bill Thrown Out" ... See More  

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Best lots in the "Federal City" to be sold...

Item #634618

July 14, 1791


* Washington D.C. land sale

* Early U.S. government

The front page has a nice notice datelined "Georgetown, June 30, 1791", 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... See More  

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

Item #633692

November 16, 1774


* Benjamin Franklin's "Unite Or Die" cartoon

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 o
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Philadelphia printing of the Constitution of the United States...

Item #633290
THE COLUMBIAN MAGAZINE, Philadelphia, September, 1787

* Philadelphia printing of the Constitution

* John Quincy Adams's Harvard commencement address

This title, along with the "American Museum", has the honor of being the first magazine to print the Constitution of the United States. Both publications were from Philadelphia, the city where the Constitution was created. Comment... See More  

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Quartering troops in America... Greenland...

Item #632977
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1767  A full page is taken up with: "American Affairs" with reports from New York, Philadelphia, New-England, and South Carolina, portions including: "...the indispensable duty of his subjects in America to obey the acts of the legislature of Great Brigtain...will not fail duty to carry into execution the act of parliament passed ... See More  

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George Washington Act of Congress...

Item #632811

July 27, 1796


* President George Washington - lengthy Act of Congress

* 1796 Commencement at Harvard

Most of the front page is taken up with an Act of Congress concerning duties on carriages, which is signed in type: G. Washington, President of the United States (see).

Page 3 has reports from Savannah, Philadelphia, New York, Northampton, Po... See More  

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Letter between friends with opposing politics...

Item #632280

January 11, 1779

THE GAZETTEER & NEW DAILY ADVERTISER, London, January 11, 1779  Over a column on the ftpg. is an: "Extract of a Genuine Letter from a Gentlemen at Philadelphia to an American Refugee in London", friends who are separated by politics. Bits include: "Though you and I were always, since the contest first began between Britain & America, of different principles...How long d... See More  

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News from America...

Item #630868

June 03, 1766

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 3, 1766  Page 6 has a report datelined New York noting that a ship: "...is ashore near Jones's Gut on the south side of Long Island & 'tis feared every soul on board are perished as three dead bodies..." with a bit more (see). Another article is a letter from Boston & another from Philadelphia with some shipping reports (see).

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Beitish capture Martinique from the French...

Item #629928
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London,  December, 1794  Near the back are several letters and reports concerning the British capture of the Caribbean island of Martinique. The following page has short bit of: "American News" reporting of the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia (see).

Included are the 3 full page plates called for.

Complete in 96 pages, 5 by 8 inches, full t... See More  

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American news... Resuscitating a drowned person...

Item #629227

December 01, 1793

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, December, 1793  Among the many articles is: "Means for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned" which takes a full page. Near the back are various news reports including items headed: "American Intelligence" which takes over half a page. Most of this content is political related, plus there is a report of the abatement of the Yello... See More  

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