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October 19, 1799

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 19, 1799 

* President John Adams

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 regulating: "...trade with Indian tribes & to preserve peace on the frontiers." and the other to authorize the President: "...to fill certain vacancies in the army & navy." (see).
A very curious item appears on page 2: "The President of the United States arrived at the seat of government (Trenton) in good health." Unknown to most is that Trenton briefly served as the national capital for a very brief time in 1799 due to an outbreak of the Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, which was the capital at that time. It was also the nation's capital for 54 days in 1784.
Four pages, piece from the bottom of the back leaf affects only ads, scattered foxing, generally nice.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's