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December 31, 1831

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1831  It's always fascinating to find mention of notable people years before they would become a household name.  Inside has one such report: an inconspicuous--yet noteworthy--mention of Davy Crockett, less than five years before he would die at the Alamo. As a member of Congress, this report notes: "...The speaker laid before the house certain depositions in relation to the election of William Fitzgerald...from the district in the state of Tennessee lately represented by David Crockett, who contests the seat of the sitting member, which were referred to the committee of elections."  (see)
Also within is a timely counterpoint to the controversial & on-going "Trail of Tears" when Indian nations were removed to land west of the Mississippi. This report, a "Proclamation" signed by: Geo. Washington in 1792, notes the protection of the Indians and the illegality of: "...certain lawless & wicked persons...in the state of Georgia..." who invaded and destroyed a Cherokee town..." and the call to bring such villains to justice.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, some lite scattered foxing, otherwise in nice condition.

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