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August 16, 1800

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Aug. 16, 1800  Over a full column of the front page is taken up with two Acts of Congress, each signed in script type by the President: John Adams. One is: "An ACT in addition to the act titled 'An Act to Prohibit the Carrying on the Slave Trade from the United States to any Foreign Place or Country."
This was among several acts of Congress that eventually outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States. The owning of slaves, and the domestic trade, would later be made illegal throughout the U.S. by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865.
The front page also has over a column concerning the "Cow-Pox" and its treatment. One bit mentions: "...Dr. Edward Jenner is the physician in England who has collected & arranged a series of facts and experiments respecting the disease call there the coco-pow. His short work is commented on by Dr. George Pearson, physician to St. George's Hospital, London...".
Page 2 has a nice: "Electioneering!" mentioning John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War