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Lengthy & extremely detailed eye-witness account of the New Madrid earthquakes...



Item # 676047

February 28, 1812

THE WEEKLY MESSENGER, Boston, Feb. 28, 1812  

* New Madrid, Missouri
* Earthquakes disaster
* Great eyewitness account


Nearly three-quarters of the back page is taken up with a very lengthy and detailed letter under the heading: "EARTHQUAKE" prefaced with a paragraph noting in part: "We have postponed as numbers of articles...to make room for the following very interesting...most particulars ...account of the earthquakes on the Mississippi...Mr. Pierce being an easier and eye witness to the scenes he describes...".
This was the very historic New Madrid earthquake of 1811–1812, a series of intense earthquakes beginning on December 16, 1811, followed by an aftershock on the same day. Two additional earthquakes followed in January and February 1812. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history.
Four pages, minor loss at the blank spine margin, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 311 (released for October, 2021)...

Category: Pre-Civil War