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Boston newspaper with Loyalist leanings... Opinions on Massachusetts clergy re the Charter...

Item #688492

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 #688491

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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American merchants distressed... An encounter with a great whale..

Item #687575

January 21, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, January 21, 1768  The front page has reports from America - two from Boston and another from Providence, Rhode Island. One of the former gives details of an unusual encounter with a great whale, and the latter briefly mentions the distress that merchants are experiencing due to the importation of goods and the additional burdens which have been placed upon them. Page 6 h... See More  

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An alternative to Capital punishment?

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

Item #687574

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.

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News from New York...

Item #687415

February 06, 1768

JACKSON'S OXFORD JOURNAL, England, Feb. 6, 1768  Page 3 has news headed: "America" with a letter from New York which relates to non-importation.

Four pages, red tax stamp, handsome engravings in the masthead, very nice condition.

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Capture of Fort DuQuesne in the French & Indian War...

Item #687302

December 26, 1758

W. SLEATER'S PUBLIC GAZETTEER, Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 26, 1758  It is rare for us to find any Irish newspapers from the 18th century let alone one from the 1750's.

Inside hs a report noting: "...letter by the Lilly...from Virginia, mentions the taking of Fort DuQuesne by General Forbes..." with more.

Much other news of the day & a wealth of ads, several illustrated.

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An early, handsome issue from the colonies... Nice Ben Franklin content...

Item #687150

July 05, 1762

THE BOSTON EVENING-POST, July 5, 1762  A very handsome issue with an ornate coat-of-arms engraving in the masthead.

Page 2 has a nice, early item on Ben Franklin with an Oxford dateline: "Yesterday Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Pennsylvania, eminent for his many extraordinary improvements in electrical experiments, was presented by the University to the honorary degree of Doctor in Civil ... See More  

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Early issue of this famous British newspaper...

Item #687087

May 16, 1758

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, May 16, 1758  Various European news reports with datelines from the Admiralty Office, London, Holland, Ireland, Falmouth, Portsmouth & elsewhere. The back page has a letter from Kingston, Jamaica. 

Eight pages, 8 by 10 3/4 inches, very nice condition.

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Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment...

Item #686746
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1752

* Benjamin Franklin's famous kite experiment described

Inside has a terrific account of a legendary event in history--the famous kite experiment conducted by Benjamin Franklin. Note there is even mention of Franklin's name on the title page.

The article, datelined "Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1752", begins by mentioning the r... See More  

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Taxation without representation...

Item #686049

July 25, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, July 25, 1768  The front page has: "The Nuns General Character & Way of Living from an Account of the Manners & Customs of Italy" which carries over to pages 2 & 3 as well.

Further on under: "America" is a report from Charleston which begins: "It seems hardly probable that the disturbances in our back settlements will entirely subsid... See More  

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Displayable Act of Parliament... 1759...

Item #685880

January 01, 1759

ACT OF PARLIAMENT, London, England, 1759  Nice full title page has an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms. Inside has an act: "...for adding certain annuities...to the joint stock...and for carrying the several duties therein mentioned to the Sinking fund..."

A decorative document given the displayable title page.

Twenty pages, 11 by 7 1/4 inches, nice condition.... See More  

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

Item #683461

July 12, 1753

THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, July 12, 1753  This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.

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at a reasonable price a very early issue--over 265 years old--by James Parker from the colonial p... See More  

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Early map of the Caribbean Islands...

Item #683352
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1756  The first two pages are devoted to the "Caribee Islands" [Caribbean] primarily limited to text on Barbadoes.

But of greater significance is the great and desirable foldout map labeled: "A Map of the CARIBBEE ISLANDS Shewing which belong to England, France, Spain, Dutch, & Danes...". This map folds out to 8 1/2 by 13 1/2 ... See More  

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Printed just before the Stamp Act...

Item #683273

June 14, 1764

ST. JAMES'S CHRONICLE OR THE BRITISH EVENING POST, London, June 14, 1764  Typical news of the day from the year before the hated Stamp Act too effect in the American colonies.

Four pages, some foxing mostly near the margins, minor repairs at the spine.

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

Item #683209
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1769 

* Early America map

* Pennsylvania and Maryland

* 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 Ameri... See More  

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A short-lived title 18th century title...

Item #683026

January 20, 1753

THE ADVENTURER, London, England, Jan. 20, 1753  An uncommon, essay-format bi-weekly newspaper addressed specifically to men, containing six pages & lasting only for 17 months from 1752 to 1753. While each issue varies, common contributors included John Hawkesworth and Samuel Johnson.

A decorative embellishment at the top of the front page. 

Six pages, 7 by 11 inches, very nice cond... See More  

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Byron's around-the-world voyage in the Dolphin...

Item #683006

April 18, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 18, 1767  Inside has half of a page taken up with: "Further Extracts from A Voyage round the World in his Majesty's Ship the Dolphin, Commanded by the Hon. Commodore Byron".

Eight pages, 8 1/4 by 11 inches, very nice condition.

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Reporting from colonial America...

Item #682584
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, June, 1755  Always one of our favorite magazines if only because of the very nice engraving at the top of the title page, showing the skyline of London at the time. Within is a very nice foldout map of the county of Glamorgan (located in the southern portion of Wales), measuring 8 by 9 inches showing much detail, & includes a related article.

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Early Georgia... Map of the English Channel...

Item #682582

* Article on the weather in Georgia

* Map of Havre De Grace, the English Channel, Isle of Wight

The first article is: "A Description of Havre de Grace" which takes over a full page and is accompanied by a nice foldout map showing part of the English Channel including the Isle of Wight off the coast of Southampton and a
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Ten bookplates from the 18th century...

Item #682477

March 09, 1760

LOT OF TEN BOOKPLATES, mostly (if not all) from the 1700's. Various engravings of shields and coats-of-arms, most measuring about 3 by 4 inches, mostly nice.

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Naval reports from the French & Indian War in America...

Item #681528

March 22, 1759

THE EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, March 22, 1759  Page 2 has naval reports from the French & Indian War: "The Phila, Capt. Farmer, from New York...was taken the 17th of February by the Sampson privateer of Bayonne..." with more reports mentioning New York and South Carolina.

Four pages, 9 1/2 by 14 1/2 inches, red tax stamp on the front page, great condition.... See More  

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Benjamin Franklin receives an award...

Item #681445
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1753  Near the back is a small & inconspicuous item reading: "At the anniversary meeting of the Royal Society the prize medal of gold was voted to Ben Franklyn, Esq. of Maryland, for his electrical discoveries."  

Note that not only did they spell his name wrong but they have his home colony wrong.

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Government's role in the public welfare vs. debt...

Item #681266

May 14, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, May 14, 1768  Inside is an interesting article on the role of Government and Providence in relation to public welfare and government debt.  It begins: "The political disease seems to be near a crisis...". Several hundred years later the topic continues to be at the forefront of public discourse. 

Also within is a mention of "A Portugal Merchant&... See More  

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Growing tea in the Carolinas rather than importing it...

Item #681263

March 03, 1764

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 3, 1764  Page 6 has a curious article headed: "Of The Culture of the Tea Plant in Carolina" is an interesting report on attempts to grow tea in the colonies for their own consumption. It is signed: Americanus.

Eight pages, 8 by 10 3/4 inches, very nice condition.

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A petition from the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia...

Item #680668

January 03, 1758

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 3, 1758  Inside has over a full page headed: "America" with a Halifax, Nova Scotia dateline, beginning: "The following Memorial, signed by the principal merchants & freeholders in Halifax was...delivered to the Lieutenant Governor."

Eight pages, 8 by 11 inches, various chipping at the margins, good condition.

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The great Philadelphia State House print...

Item #680365
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1752 

* Pennsylvania State House

* Philadelphia PA print

* Independence Hall

Despite the 48 pages of text within this issue the prime content is certainly the full page plate captioned: "A View of the State House in Philadelphia" which would later be known as Independence Hall.

This is a print of this famous building 24 years bef... See More  

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Cherokee movements in the Carolinas...

Item #679950

January 19, 1762

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Jan. 19, 1762  Over one-third of the front page is headed: "America" with various reports from Charleston concerning the movement of the Cherokee Indians since peace had been proclaimed.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, tiny hole in the front leaf affects one word in the noted article, nice condition.

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Success in converting & educating the Cherokee Indians...

Item #679947

June 11, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 11, 1767 

* Early Native Americans

* Cherokees - Indians

Inside has reports from Boston and Charleston headed: "America" with reports datelined Boston and Charleston, the latter noting: "Mr. Hammerer, who came over from England with intent to civilize and convert the Cherokee Indians, has met with more success than some persons seemed... See More  

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A new town near Hispaniola...

Item #679946

June 06, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 6, 1767  Inside has most of a column headed: "America" with datelines from Philadelphia, New York & Kingston, Jamaica. 

One report notes that: "...Gov. Seymour...had already planned a town which was to be built on the Grand Key, and to be called by the name of Shelburne. As these islands lie so contiguous to Hispaniola...is imagined... See More  

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Very early tennis report...

Item #679939

April 14, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, April 14, 1767 

* Very early tennis

The front page has: "A Further Account of the Patagonian Indians". Inside has a rare & very early tennis report: "Yesterday the great match at Tennis between Tomkyns and Maccon was determined in favour of the latter; many of the nobility were present, and considerable bets depending." Also a repo... See More  

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News from America...

Item #679931

February 19, 1767

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Feb. 19, 1767  Most of the front page is taken up with: "The History of Greenland, Containing a Description of the Country & its Inhabitants...", continued in future issues.

Page 2 has half column of news items headed "America", as well as:  "An Extract from Obilby's Account of America" which is about South America. An... See More  

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The invasion and capture of Martinique, with the treaty...

Item #679926

March 23, 1762

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, March 23, 1762  

* Invasion of Martin Martinique

* Seven Years' War - West Indies

Inside has four pages taken up with a fine & detailed account of the invasion of Martinique, part of the Seven Years' War. Included are the: "Articles of Capitulation of the Citadel of Fort Royal in the Island of Martinico, the 4th of February, 1762" with all 19... See More  

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Cherokee Indians, & other concerns...

Item #679911

March 16, 1762

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, March 16, 1762  Inside has a report headed: "America" from Charleston beginning: "Last Saturday the Little Carpenter & other Cherokees who came with him to ratify the treaty...". Also four additional reports datelined from New York & one from Philadelphia.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches, minor front page rubbing, good condition.... See More  

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Skeleton from the Black Assize of Oxford 1577...

Item #679741

March 23, 1767

THE GLOCESTER JOURNAL [Gloucester], England, March 23, 1767  Page 3 has an interesting item: "Last week the skeleton of a man in setters, with one jaw and some of the large bones perfect, was dug up in removing some ground in our Castle Green, eastward of the ruins of the old County Hall, memorable as the place wherein was held the fatal black assize, in the year 1577... upwards of 500 o... See More  

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John Wilkes, a supporter of the American cause...

Item #679721

August 29, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, Aug. 29, 1768 

* John Wilkes - radical

* Pre Revolutionary War

The first half of the newspaper is taken up with the continuation of the "Narrative of the Hon. Commodore Byron" on his expedition around the world in the 1740's.

Near the back are reports from London noting in part: "...that most of the readers of our paper are such ... See More  

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News from New York.. .Jonathan Swift...

Item #679709

March 03, 1768

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 3, 1768 

* News from New York

* Red tax stamp (partial)

* Letters from Jonathan Swift

The front page has: "America", which includes news from New York. Inside has "Letters Written by the late Jonathan Swift" which include the text of one of his recently published letters from 1735.

Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches, very nice... See More  

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General Murray on retiring from Quebec...

Item #679163

September 01, 1766

THE SCOTS MAGAZINE, Edinburgh, Scotland, September, 1766  Although formatted much like the more common "Gentleman's Magazine" this is a much more scarce title.

News under: "British North America" includes an address from the Council in Quebec to Governor James Murray on his retirement from that position, with his response to the Council. Further on are more letters to... See More  

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Colonial Boston, with the Supplement issue attached...

Item #679116

June 06, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Massachusetts, June 6, 1768 

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions

Under reports from London is: "...Letters from Boston, New England, mention that the late public spirit for establishing new manufactures was greatly subsided, the adventurers having met with nothing but disappointments in procuring materials, scarcity of money, & high price of wages." Else... See More  

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The effects of opium...

Item #677898
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1763 

* Effects of opium in the 18th century

Among the articles within this issued are: "An Account of the Effects of Opium as a Poison with the Method of Cure & Proper Directions what to do...", "Proposal for Establishing a National Bank" "M. Condamine's Journey into Italy" "Description of a Lamp... See More  

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Franklin's experiments with electricity... prints of birds... The Smoky Mountains...

Item #676719

* Ben Franklin's experiments with electricity

* Print of the Nightingale bird

* Explaining the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

This issue includes a lengthy: "Letter from a Gentleman in Virginia" which is focused on the "smoaky weather" in Virginia, likely leading to the name of the "Smoky Mountains"... See More  

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French & Indian War...

Item #676688
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1759 There is a lengthy article titled: "Instructions by Major General Wolfe in Case of an Invasion" which has much detail. The "Historical Chronicle" also has several reports concerning the French & Indian War.

Other articles in the issue noted in the table of contents include:

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Capture of Fort Frontenac...

Item #676678
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1758 

* Fort Frontenac captured

* French and Indian War

The prime content would be a report from the French and Indian War  prefaced with: "The following is Col. Bradstreet's Letter to Gen. Abercrombie after the Reduction of Fort Frontenac" with a dateline of Oswego, Aug. 31, 1758 & a nice account of the battle, the sit... See More  

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Significant French & Indian War coverage... Jewish burial rituals....

Item #676676
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1758  The most significant article is headed: "American Affairs" with a dateline of Williamsburg, Virginia, July 7 which includes: "...that the Indians had lately killed & captivated 26 people between Winchester & Augusta court house...that a large body of the inhabitants, to the number of 300, were removed into Culpepper..... See More  

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Friendly address to the Jews... Capitulation of Guadalupe...

Item #676665
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1759  Among the articles are a continued: "Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland" "Friendly Address to the Jews" which takes a full page; "Articles of Capitulation between their Excellencies & the Inhabitants of Guadelupe, etc." and "Gazette Account of the Taking of Guadaloupe" which takes more than ... See More  

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Siege of Havana, Cuba...

Item #676606
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1762  The prime content is the lengthy text concerning the taking of Havana, Cuba.

The Battle of Havana was a military action in the spring & summer of 1762 which was part of the Seven Years' War, or the French & Indian War for that portion fought in the Americas, during which British forces besieged & captured the city of Havana w... See More  

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Trouble in America...

Item #676549
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1769  Among the articles is: "A Continuation of the Most Interesting transactions in America..." continued from the January issue, which has some great reading concerning the troubles between America & England, one portion noting: "Resolved...That no tax under any name or denomination...ought to be imposed or levied upon the p... See More  

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Poem to Ben Franklin with lightning rod reference...

Item #676541
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1754 

* A poem to Benjamin Franklin

* Mention of his lightning rod

Near the back is a half page poem titled: "To Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Philadelphia, on his Experiments and Discoveries in Electricity" which is dated from "Cooper River, S. Carolina, Sept. 20, 1753".

At the bottom of the poem are two footnotes, one... See More  

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Exploring the vicinity of Alaska...

Item #676540
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, March, 1754 

 Perhaps the most interesting item is a very nice, detailed article titled: "Some Account of a Chart lately published by M. de l Isle, with the different Conjectures and Opinions it has produced; from a Tract called, A Letter from a Russian Sea Officer to a Person of Distinction at Petersborough, &c."

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Article on electricity with Ben Franklin mention... The American pelican with a print...

Item #676519

* Early Benjamin Franklin

* Electricity experiments

Perhaps the most notable item is: "A Curious Remark on Electricity, from a Gentleman in America, whose ingenious Letters on this Subject will soon be published in a separate Pamphlet...", which includes an extract of a letter by Benjamin Franklin.

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A skirmish in North Carolina from the French & Indian War...

Item #676500
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1754  Among the articles in this issue are: "Description of a Remarkable Venomous Insect found in South America"; an article concerning a form of sun dial with an illustration of it; "Of the Junction of Asia and America" which begins: "The termination  & position of the N.E. parts of Asia, and the N.W. parts of A... See More  

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