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A very early Kentucky newspaper, with Hull's Proclamation to Canadians...



Item # 682753

August 01, 1812

THE REPORTER, Lexington, Kentucky, Aug. 1, 1812  

* Rare & early for Kentucky

This is one of the earlier Kentucky newspapers we have offered. Brigham notes that only 4 issues in the United States have this issue.
Not surprisingly there is much reporting on the War of 1812, with reports headed: "Privateering" "Flag of Truce!" and more.
Perhaps the most notable content is: "A Proclamation" by William Hull beginning: "Inhabitants of Canada! After 30 years of peace & prosperity the United States have been driven to arms..." with much more, signed in type: A. P Hull.
Following the popular belief that Upper Canada would not resist invasion, Hull claimed that the Americans were there to free and protect the colonists from the "tyranny" of the British. At the same time, he used a threatening tone to caution residents against joining the British side.
Four pages, never trimmed margins, good condition.

Category: War of 1812