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April 15, 1789

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, Apr. 15, 1789 

* 1st United States Congress begins
* Congressmen & speaker are sworn in


A terrific issue on the very first days of work for the new federal Congress.
  See the photo for the page 2 report from New York mentioning that the Speaker & other members of the House are sworn into office, with a printing of a portion of their oath.
Also some reporting of the very first item on the first Congress, that being the raising of revenue for the new government, with various comments from James Madison. This discussion would ultimately result in the historic Tariff Act of 1789, just the 2nd Act of the new government, much needed to pay for war debts and to maintain solvency. There would be much discussion on the tariffs before it would be approved on July 4, but this report is significant in noting the very beginning of that discussion.
Page 3 contains a report headed: "Mr. Adams' Departure" for New York as he begins his new position of Vice President of the United States. The detailed article has great reporting on the ceremonial procession of Adams to New York. The report ends with a nice editorial item: "...At this important crisis, happy is it for our country that she has such citizens as WASHINGTON and an ADAMS to guide her confederated councils--happy that they have the ability..." with more. Also a brief mention of Thomas Jefferson as ambassador to France.
Four pages, a bit irregular at the blank spine margin, damp staining to the bottom half causes no loss of readability.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's