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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."

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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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Reward for a stolen Liberty Cap...

Item #645823

April 16, 1795

AURORA GENERAL ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 16, 1795  A page 3 item: "Liberty Cap" concerns one stolen from a coffee room, with a $25 rewards for its return. Various other news reports & a great wealth of ads.

Four pages, some fraying at margins causing minor loss to only ads on the back leaf.

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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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Nothing new under the sun...

Item #645430

June 21, 1793

DUNLAP'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, June 21, 1793  Page 2 has a curious & lengthy letter which begins: "The prevailing opinion in the minds of many, that so great a length of time has elapsed since the creation, that every discovery & improvement which the human intellects are capable of, has been made, and that 'there is no new thing under the sun', has... See More  

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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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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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