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July 15, 1797

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, July 15, 1797  Page 2 has much timely discussion of the troubling William Blount affair with report headed: "Blount's Expulsion" and "Remarks on Blount's Affair".
In 1790 President George Washington appointed William Blount, a Republican, as governor of the newly formed Tennessee Territory. When Tennessee entered the Union in 1796, the legislature chose Blount as one of the state's first two United States senators.
Blount was an active land speculator, which led him into serious financial difficulties. In an apparent effort to extricate himself, Blount concocted a scheme for Indians and frontiersmen to attack Spanish Florida and Louisiana, in order to transfer those territories to Great Britain. Unfortunately for the senator, a letter, in which Blount thinly disguised his desire to arouse the Creek and Cherokee Indians to aid his plan, fell into the hands of president John Adams. Websites have much more on the situation. These reports take over half of page 2.
Also on page 2 is a letter to Congress signed in script type by the President: John Adams.
The front page has an interesting small bit dated July 4 & noting in part: "This day the Independence of America has arrived rot the age of manhood & reached twenty-one years. May its riper years but exhibit more strongly & stability..." with more.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's