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THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1735  Without question the most noteworthy item is the speech by Moses Bon Saam, a free negro from Jamaica, which takes about 3 columns.
Bon Saam wrote this speech to his followers, runaway slaves planning to organize their own independent society in the interior of Jamaica. Affirmations of racial pride & a rudimentary theory of Black Power are found in this speech. It remains curiously relevant nearly 300 years later. More can be discovered regarding this speech on the web.
A quite comical article is on the benefits of flogging: "A New Dissertation on Flogging" taking nearly two columns.
Other articles within include: "Dissertation on New Year's Day" "Of the Growth of Popery" "Cooks & Authors Compared" "Dutch, their Policy" "Of the Fair Sex, Love & Beauty" "Religion & Infidelity" & more. Near the back is the: "Monthly Intelligencer" with news reports from various parts of England & Europe.
No maps or plates were called for in this issue.
Complete in 56 pages, full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, 5 1/4 by 8 inches, lite damp staining in a lower corner, otherwise in good condition.

A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's