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679167

Plan (print) for a colonial town... Canton (Guangzhou), China...

Item #679167
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1770  Perhaps the most intriguing item in this issue is a fascinating article titled: "New Plan for an American Town" which takes over a full page and which includes an interesting and unusual print of it. A legend of the various parts of the town is included as well, including the "common land" the "public squares&qu
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677502

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

Item #677502

December 07, 1774

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, December 7, 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
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673642

Ben Franklin urges moderation by England...

Item #673642

December 05, 1768

THE BOSTON CHRONICLE, Dec. 5, 1768



* Benjamin Franklin

* Urges England to ease up

* Pre Revolutionary War tensions




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

An inside part report includes a letter from Boston mentioning: "And now give me leave to ask what our mother country intends to do with us with... See More  

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673386

Historic slavery medal by Josiah Wedgwood... Franklin's speech...

Item #673386
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, A two issue set: February & March, 1788  



* Josiah Wedgwood's anti-slavery medallion

* Benjamin Franklin speech by James Wilson




February issue: Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work. This article takes 2 1/2 pages an... See More  

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673309

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

Item #673309

April 05, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 



* 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 of th
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672279

Poem to Ben Franklin with lightning rod reference...

Item #672279
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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671967

Mention of Dr. Franklin...

A Tory newspaper from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671967

April 01, 1778

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 1, 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.

The front page includes an Act relating to detaining pers... See More  

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671801

Book by Ben Franklin reviewed... Fort Stanwix...

Item #671801
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1779 



* Ben Franklin's book is reviewed (brief)

* Fort Stanwix report

* Captain Cook's ships observed?




Near the back is a review of a book titled: "Political, Miscellaneous, & Philosophical Pieces, Written by Benjamin Franklin...".

Some talk of "American News" near the back, with mention that: "...Fo
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671799

Book by Ben Franklin reviewed... Fort Stanwix...

Item #671799
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, December, 1779  Near the back is a review of a book titled: "Political, Miscellaneous, & Philosophical Pieces, Written by Benjamin Franklin...".

Some talk of "American News" near the back, with mention that: "...Fort Stanwix was surprized & taken by Sir John Johnson...at the head of 1500 loyalists & Indian warriors; t
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671785

Ben Franklin is well at 85... Rare mention of John Witherspoon...

Item #671785

June 29, 1784

THE EDINBURGH ADVERTISER, Scotland, June 29, 1784  Page 4 has a brief item noting: "The celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin was on 'Change to-day, and looks remarkably well for one of the age of 85; he appeared to be in high spirits."

Page 3 mentions in part: "...arrived here [Edinburgh] the Rev. Dr. Witherspoon, late a member of the American Congress...several gentlemen gave... See More  

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670952

First magazine printing of the Constitution of the United States...

Item #670952
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, September, 1787 



* First magazine printing of the Constitution of the United States



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. He was very proud of h... See More  

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669851

One of the earliest newspapers from the colonies...

Item #669851

April 03, 1735

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, April 3, 1735   



* Earliest of American newspapers

* Very early & rare publication




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 1735. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the very first newspaper in all o... See More  

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669598

Ben Franklin's statue in Boston is erected...

Item #669598

October 26, 1856

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Oct. 25, 1856 



* Statue of Benjamin Franklin (statue)



The front page has a nice print of: "Statue of Dr. Franklin, Just Erected in Boston, U.S." A related article is on page 2: "Inauguration of the Statue of Dr. Franklin at Boston, U.S." which has much detail on it.

This quite famous statue still stands in Boston, although remov... See More  

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668953

One of the more famous letters by Ben Franklin...

Item #668953

September 24, 1798

FEDERAL GAZETTE & BALTIMORE DAILY ADVERTISER, Sept. 24, 1798 



* Benjamin Franklin letter to James Huey



Page 2 has the full printing of a quite famous letter from Ben Franklin to James Huey, in which Huey thanks Franklin for a cure through use of electricity, & prompting him to inquire of Franklin about: "...what religion he professes?".

A website notes that: "Few... See More  

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668682

Two items by Ben Franklin, and much more...

Item #668682
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, (Philadelphia), February, 1789 

The first 3 1/2 pages are taken up with an article written by Benjamin Franklin in 1751, titled: "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc." and further on is another: "Letter from Benjamin Franklin..." which is signed by him in type: B. Franklin.

Another article: "Considerations... See More  

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668559

A letter from Ben Franklin... Cultivating tea in America...

Item #668559

April 27, 1786

NEW HAVEN GAZETTE & THE CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE, April 27, 1786 (year in Roman numerals) 



* Benjamin Franklin letter



Inside has a letter from 1725 signed by Benjamin Franklin, exhibiting his business acumen, prefaced with: "...written by the celebrated Dr. Benjamin Franklin 65 years ago when he was apprentice to a printer in Little Britain...it exhibits the vicissitudes of fortune... See More  

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667384

Witchcraft in New Jersey... First issue of this title...

Item #667384
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1731  A quite rare issue as this is the volume one, number one issue--the very first issue of this magazine, and the very first publication to use the word "magazine" in the title.

This issue contains a wide variety of content including literary items, Parliamentary affairs, news reports, various essays, and other tidbits. But perhaps ... See More  

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666346

Establishing a penal colony in Australia... Mention of Franklin...

Item #666346
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1788 



* Botany Bay, Australia

* Penal Colony - Convicts

* Early chess - Benjamin Franklin




Near the back under the "Domestic Occurrences" heading is a report reading: "By the last accounts received from the fleet from Botany Bay, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope on the 13th of October last and expected to sail again about t... See More  

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664965

The Act creating the Bank of the United States...

Item #664965
THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, March, 1791



* First Bank of the United States creation



The issue begins with textual: "Sketches of the President Of the United States" which is nearly a 4 1/2 page biography of George Washington (the plate called for is lacking). Also inside is the conclusion of: "Description of Cape Cod & the County of Barnstable" which takes 2 1/2... See More  

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664961

Speech by Governor John Hancock...

Item #664961
THE MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE, Boston, January, 1791 The bulk of the issue is taken up with a wide range of eclectic articles as noted on the full title/contents page. A few include: "Biographical Sketches of the Life & Character of the Late Governor Bowdoin" (lacking the plate called for); "Account of the Creek Indians" "The Dying Negro" "Valuable Hints Respect... See More  

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664642

Mention of Dr. Franklin... Quakers and enslaved Negroes...

Item #664642

October 09, 1783

THE SALEM GAZETTE, Massachusetts, October 9, 1783 



* Dr. Benjamin Franklin

* Slaves - Slavery - Negroes




This issue has a variety of news items concerning the end of the Revolutionary War. The front page of this issue features a report noting: "Dr. Franklin writes to a friend, that he has reason to suspect the Americans have no friends in Europe; for the same caution that now aims ... See More  

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664535

The Revolutionary War to end soon? Ben Franklin negotiating with the French...

Item #664535

June 21, 1777

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, June 21, 1777  Page 2 has an item concerning the Revolutionary War in America, with text including: "...that the congress had sent to Gen. Howe some proposals for a reconciliation, but such as they knew would not be accepted. It was supposed to be done to gain time. Gen Howe was...preparing to go on a secret expedition not to Philadelphia as it was thought;... See More  

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664269

New colony of Georgia... re: Franklin's lightning rod... Judaica...

Item #664269
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1756  Regarding America... There is an article near the front: "Account of American Affairs", which is continued from a previous issue & includes talk on "New Forts in America". There is also a detailed account of Oglethorpe's English colony at Georgia, now 22 yrs. old & still suffering from "want of inhabitan... See More  

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663756

Ben Franklin's donation...

Item #663756

October 25, 1788

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1788  Page 3 has an item noting: "We learn that Dr. Franklin a few days ago presented the Hon. Vice President Redick with 50 pounds as a donation to the Academy lately erected in Washington...". Other news reports from Boston, New York & Petersburg.

Four pages, very nice condition with 17 illus. ship ads on the ... See More  

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663066

Pithy observations by Benjamin Franklin...

Item #663066

September 04, 1759

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 4, 1759



* "Political Aphorisms...", by *Benjamin Franklin (?)



The first and a portion of the second column on page 7 has "Political Aphorisms concerning Population", signed "F", which has recently been attributed to Ben Franklin (see Swann Auctions for more information). Another London Chronicle from 10 days later, which ... See More  

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662676

On proposing peace with the Americans... Franklin's son on independence...

Item #662676

November 25, 1775

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 25, 1775 



* Revolutionary War Tory original

* Rare Pro British issue from America




Page 2 has: "...Lord North's motion for a reconciliation with the Americans..." dated Feb. 20, 1775, which is followed by his explanation of it, in all taking most of a column. It includes: "The Tea-act also will be repealed if asked for."... See More  

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660024

Ben Franklin on learning to swim...

Item #660024
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, January, 1779  Inside has nearly two pages on: "Useful Hints For Learning To Swim, In a Letter to a Friend, by Benj. Franklin, L.L.D. F.R.S."

Also within: "On the Fatal Effects of Revenge" and: "On Female Conduct" & so much more. Near the back are news reports of the day but I see no war-related content.

Complete in 48 pages, 5... See More  

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660004

Washington crosses the Delaware... Franklin vs. Howe...

Item #660004
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, May, 1777 



* General George Washington

* Crosses - crossing the Delaware




The prime content is an excellent letter written & signed by G. Washington dated "Headquarters, New Town, Dec. 26, 1776" which describes his crossing of the Delaware River, reading in part: "I have the pleasure of congratulating you upon the success of
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659840

Black Sox scandal ringleaders arrested....

Item #659840

March 26, 1921

THE DAY, New London, Connecticut, March 26, 1921



* Chicago Black Sox World Series scandal indictments

* Jewish Gamblers Carl Zork and Benjamin Franklin




The top of the front page has a two column headline: "WHITE SOX REINDICTED IN BASEBALL SCANDAL; 18 MEN TO FACE TRIAL" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the indictments of the master minds of the 1919 Black Sox World Ser... See More  

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658838

Broadside edition of this famous title, with good content...

Item #658838

January 08, 1782

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 8, 1782 



* Very rare Broadside edition from the Revolutionary War



Apparently a quite unusual broadside edition as the issue is single sheet with the back page blank. If page 2 had text I would suspect that the back leaf was missing, but the ftpg. text concludes on the front page and the reverse is entirely blank.

The ft... See More  

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658749

Very lengthy letter by Ben Franklin... British generals say America cannot be conquered...

Item #658749

September 09, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Sept. 9, 1779 



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication

* Lengthy letter from Benjamin Franklin




A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.

The entire front page and a bit of the back page are taken up with a very lengthy: "... See More  

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658251

Rare title from the Revolutionary War...

Item #658251

December 23, 1779

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, December 23, 1779 



* Very rare American Revolutionary War publication



A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 41.

The front page begins with the conclusion of: "A Plan for Reducing New England by the... See More  

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657924

Ben Franklin creates a medal honoring the end of the Revolutionary War...

Item #657924
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1783  Near the beginning are 15 pages of: "Summary Proceedings in the Third Session of the Present Parliament" which include some discussions concerning America. Another article is concerning Yankee Doodle, or more particularly is information on the presumed author of the famous tune (questionable) who had recently died. It notes: "Your ... See More  

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656661

Ben Franklin on religion... Death of Tobias Lear...

Item #656661

October 26, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 26, 1816  Nearly 2 pages are taken up with: "A visit To Flanders - Or, the Field of Waterloo", with reflection upon the historic battle of Waterloo from the year prior where Napoleon was defeated. It begins: "There is a sort of madness in the British about the battle of Waterloo, as they call it, where they got the glory that the Prus... See More  

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654924

Great foldout map of Genoa, Italy... Early Ben Franklin item...

Item #654924
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1747  Inside includes the well-known Ben Franklin item: "Speech of Molly Baker". To date, this is the earliest Ben Franklin appearance in a Gentleman's Magazine and perhaps within any British publication, as confirmed by the Franklin Papers, Yale University.

Nearly five pages are taken up with an: "Account of the Behavi
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653340

Battle of Savannah... Captain Cook...

Item #653340
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1780 



* Siege of Savannah - Georgia

* Benjamin Lincoln letter

* Captain James Cook - South Seas




Near the back is a section headed: "Advices Received from America" which includes: "Gen. Lincoln's Letter to Congress on the defeat of the combined Army before Georgia" with a dateline of Charleston, Oct. 22, 1779. This... See More  

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653154

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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652834

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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652752

Regarding Ben Franklin's "A Magic Square of Squares"...

Item #652752

July 01, 1768

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1768 (offered at a significantly reduced price - see note regarding the magic square plate)

Perhaps the most notable content is the article on an inside page titled: "Surprising Properties of Numbers placed in Dr. Franklin's Magic Square of Squares," which is a fascinating article describing Benjamin Franklin's amazing numerical puzzle... See More  

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652656

The first successful magazine in the country...

Item #652656

March 17, 1744

THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY, Boston, March 17, 1743/4 (year double-dated for two calendars in use at the time. Would be 1744 by current calendar).



* Rare colonial periodical



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

As the subtitle re... See More  

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652583

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

Item #652583

May 28, 1787

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, 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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651434

Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America...

Item #651434
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1790 



* Map of Canada, Hudson Bay & other portions of North America



Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the nice, attached fold-out map: "A Map showing the communication of the Lakes and the Rivers between Lake Superior and Slave Lake in North America." The map shows the extreme western parts of Lake Superior and "Huds... See More  

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651230

Loyalists have left New York...

Item #651230

October 30, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, Oct. 30, 1783  The entire ftpg. is taken up with a very detailed review of a pamphlet: "Observations on the Commerce of  the American States".  Page 3 has a report from Paris that Ben Franklin presented medal to Mr. DeFleury for his efforts in the war.

The bkpg. has an item noting: "The provisional articles of peace have been so indifferently re... See More  

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651225

Creating a statue of Washington... Loyalists in New York...

Item #651225

October 18, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 18, 1783 



* Equestrian statue of George Washington (Washington Circle)

* New York loyalists - Benjamin Franklin re. treaty w/ Sweden




Page 3 has a report noting in part: "...that a treaty had been ratified in Congress the 29th day of July last...between the U.S. and the King of Sweden. This Treaty was concluded at Paris...and signed by Dr. Frankl... See More  

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651050

America is not about to compromise with England...

Item #651050
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1778  Among the articles within are: "The Theory of Insulating Bodies Examined, & some of the Supposed Properties which Electricians have ascribed to Glass, proved by Experiments not to Exist" includes reference to Ben Franklin; "On the Worshiping of the Primitive Christians to the East", and more.

The most significant co... See More  

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651044

A letter from Ben Franklin...

Item #651044
SUPPLEMENT FOR THE YEAR 1789 of the "Gentleman's Magazine", London.  This is the supplementary issue issued at the end of the year, with much of the content taken up with: "Parliamentary Proceedings of the Lords and Commons". Of special interest is a letter datelined from New York headed: "American Passport from Dr. Franklin for Captain Cook" which includes a... See More  

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650576

Anger over the Trail of Tears...... Franklin quote...

Item #650576

August 01, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 1, 1829  The top of the ftpg. has a small bit about Martin Van Buren, Secretary of State at the time, being granted an honorary doctorate of law degree from Rutgers' College.

Inside has an article: "Slavery In Colombia" as well as: "Georgia And The Cherokees" being a letter from the brother of a chief and his anger at their ... See More  

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649956

Anger over the Trail of Tears... Franklin quote...

Item #649956

August 01, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 1, 1829  The top of the ftpg. has a small bit about Martin Van Buren, Secretary of State at the time, being granted an honorary doctorate of law degree from Rutgers' College.

Inside has an article: "Slavery In Colombia" as well as: "Georgia And The Cherokees" being a letter from the brother of a chief and his anger at their ... See More  

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649942

Benjamin Franklin...

Item #649942

April 28, 1906

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 28, 1906  The front page is of Benjamin Franklin with the caption "Your Affectionate Friend - Your Obedient Servant, B. Franklin" with an accompanying article issue inside with additional prints "Franklin's Electrical Machine","Franklin's Scientific Work", "Houdin's Bust of Franklin". Additional articles,... See More  

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649653

Ben Franklin asks to resign...

Item #649653

April 22, 1783

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, April 22, 1783 



* Benjamin Franklin wants to resign



Page 3 has a brief item: "Dr. Franklin has written to Congress requesting permission to resign his public employment, 'the business being too weighty for his old shoulders'. Such was the Doctor's expression."

Page 7 is mostly taken up with: "American News" which talks of ships leav... See More  

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$34.00
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