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December 23, 1735

THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia,  December 23, 1735

Not only is this an exceedingly early newspaper from the colonies, but the front page contains a very historic report relating to the very founding of the colony of Georgia (see photo), which reads: "Yesterday the Sum of 200 l. was paid into the Bank of England on account of the Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America, being a benefaction paid into the hands of James Oglethorpe, Esq., by a gentleman who desir'd his name to be conceal'd, to be apply'd for the benefit of the poor persecuted Protestant German Families who are already settled in, or now going over to the Colony of Georgia." Certainly a cornerstone newspaper for any collection on the history of Georgia.

You get the complete four page newspaper which is in great condition, with some professional archival repairs at the spine (not close to the mentioned text), and which features two nice engravings in the masthead. A very nice issue for display, particularly with such historic content being on the front page.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's