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War of 1812 shipping embargo....



Item # 686243

April 14, 1812

THE REPERTORY & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Boston, April 14, 1812  A very historic front page, as it includes a report headed: "EMBARGO" which reports on the voting for this historic measure which would lead to the War of 1812 with England.
The front page also has the: "Confidential Message" to the senate, in which the President states: "...expedient under existing circumstances & prospects, that a General embargo be laid on all vessels now in port...for sixty days, I recommend the immediate passage of a law to that effect." signed in type: James Madison, April 1, 1812.
This is followed by a similar letter to the House, signed by him on April 3. And what follows is the full text of: "AN ACT Laying an Embargo on all the ships and vessels in the ports and harbours of the United States, for a limited time..." with all the details, and signed: James Madison, April 4, 1812.
The original 60-day embargo that was proposed by President Madison was changed to a 90-day embargo by moderate members of Congress who believed a peaceful settlement with Great Britain was still possible.
And additionally there is a lengthy editorial on the ftpg. headed: "The EMBARGO It's Causes And Consequences" which takes over a full column.
The embargo was especially unpopular in New England (and in some Southern states) where shipping was an important industry. In addition to opposing the commercial restrictions created by the embargo, the New England states also opposed war with Great Britain, eventually referring to the war as Mr. Madison's War.
Great to have these 5 historic documents all on the front page.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 321 (released for August, 2022)...

Category: Pre-Civil War