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The speech of Moses Bon Saam, a free negro...

Item # 650324 THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1735  Without a doubt, the most noteworthy item is the text the speech made by Moses Bon Saam, a free negro from Jamaica, which takes about 3 columns (see images). More can be discovered regarding this speech at: Moses Bon Saam.

A quite comical article is in regards to the benefits of flogging: "A New Dissertation on Flogging", which takes nearly two columns.

Among the additional articles noted in the table of contents are: "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 a section headed: "Monthly Intelligencer" with news reports from various parts of England & Europe.

Complete in 56 pages with full title/contents page which contains an engraving of St. John's Gate, measures 5 1/4 by 8 inches, lite dampstaining in the lower right corner, otherwise in good condition.
No maps or plates were called for in this issue.

A very nice pre-Revolutionary War magazine from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. 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