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The Constitution defeats the Java...

Item # 647695

February 20, 1813

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 20, 1813  The prime feature of this issue would be the nice account of the naval batter between the U.S.S. Constitution and the Java, a victory for the American ship. The article is headed: "Splendid Naval Victory, by the Frigate Constitution, commodore Bainbridge" with the text beginning: "We have been obligingly favored by major Robert Carr...with the following interesting account of another splendid naval victory..." and what follows is a detailed account of the battle, carrying over to the following page (see photos). This is followed by other military reports concerning the War of 1812.
Also of interest in this issue is a printing of George Washington's farewell address to the people of the United States, taking all of pages 1, 2 and 3, continuing in a future issue. This was his address from 1796.
Other items include: "Yazoo Claims" "Proceedings of Congress" "Annoyance of the Enemy" "Events of the War" "The Non-Importation Law" among other items.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, very nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War