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Item # 695615

May 31, 1817

THE NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington, May 31, 1817  Inside has nearly 4 pages taken up with a very detailed, and exhaustive letter headed: "Topographical" which is a resort from Major James Kearney concerning an attempt to create a canal to join Elizabeth River in Virginia with that of the waters of North Carolina, mean for military purposes.
Which is unusual is an illustration showing a cross-section of a portion of: "...the canal, about half way between the locks...". Illustrations of any type within articles of newspapers from this era are very rare.
An uncommon title that existed from March 2, 1816 thru Dec. 7, 1820. As the photos show the format was very much like the more popular 'Niles Weekly Register' which began in 1811, but not remotely as successful.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, scattered foxing, good condition.

Category: Post-Civil War