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Chang & Eng, the origial Simese twins, arrive in the United States...



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August 22, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 22, 1829  Page 4 has nearly half a column taken up with: "Remarkable Natural Curiosity", a report of the arrival in the United States of Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese Twins (of eventual P.T. Barnum fame). Although not mentioned by name research confirms this account is about them.
It notes in part: "The ship Sachem arrived...from Siam, has on board two Siamese youth, males, 18 years of aged, whose bodies have been connected from their birth. They are in good health & apparently contented with their confined situation..." with more. Much details on their unusual physiology (see). They were brought to the United States by a Scottish merchant who lived in Bangkok. He saw the twins swimming and realized their commercial potential. He paid their parents to permit him to exhibit their sons as a curiosity on a world tour.
Page 2 has: "Affray With the Indians" detailing a skirmish near Grand Chariton, Missouri.
Sixteen pages, 6 by 9 1/2 inches, chewing loss to the bottom left of all leaves does cause minor text loss on 5 of the 16 pages but fortunately not to any of the mentioned content. Otherwise nice.

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