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2134 - WASHINGTON'S MESSAGE TO AMERICA ON THE BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS BESTOWED ON THE YOUNG NATION, A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PROCLAIMED, The Daily Advertiser, New York, January 3rd, 1795. 4 pages, Washington proclaims to the Nation the blessings that Almighty God has bestowed on the young country, prosperity of the citizens, tranquility, and it is the duty of the people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude it is the duty as a people to acknowledge our many obligations to Almighty God and to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience. Washington proclaims February 19th as a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer to the great ruler of nations...particularly for the constitutions of government which unite by and by their union establish liberty with order. Much more on this subject by President Washington. One long column on page 1 along with news articles of the day, shipping information, merchant ads and much more. When one reads this you wonder how far this nation has changed! In very fine condition.............................................................SOLD

2136 - REBELLION AGAINST THE STAMP ACT, THE MASSACHUSETTS GAZETTE, December 19th, 1765. Boston, 4 pages complete issue, 10" X 22". News of the reaction in Connecticut in New London at a meeting of the Assembly arguing against the newly imposed stamp act and outlining passive resistance, another from the Assembly in New Jersey 11 resolutions against the taxation with representation doctrine. "The tranquility of this Colony has been interrupted by the fear of consequences of the Stamp-Act". Most of page two is involving the Stamp Act [Colonial reaction]. The Stamp Act met great resistance in the colonies. The colonies sent no representatives to Parliament, and therefore had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent. Many colonists considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent--consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant. Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests. The Stamp Act Congress held in New York City, reflecting the first significant joint colonial response to any British measure, also petitioned Parliament and the King. Local protest groups, led by colonial merchants and landowners, established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from New England to Georgia. Protests and demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent and destructive as the masses became involved. Very soon all stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions, and the tax was never effectively collected. This rare issue of the Massachusetts Gazette is complete but with edge chips and one larger chip on page 3/4 repaired with old tissue, top corner of page 1/2 is rounded. This has imperfections but it has great content! The paper is firm and lightly aged tan. This paper without paper imperfections a $700 paper. An excellent value......................................SOLD

2137 - THE COLUMBIAN CENTINEL/MASSACHUSETTS FEDERALIST, Boston, Mass. 3 complete issues, March 28th, April 8th, May 6th, 1801. 14" X 20", news includes letters by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. A letter regarding Cow Pox and Small Pox, a letter from Napoleon Bonaparte, with much more news of the day. The Columbian Centinel (1790 - 1840) was a Boston, Massachusetts, newspaper established by Benjamin Russell. It continued its predecessor, the Massachusetts Centinel and the Republican Journal, which Russell and partner William Warden had first issued on March 24, 1784. The paper was "the most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution. In the Federalist Era, it was aligned with Federalist sentiment. Until ce. 1800 its circulation was the largest in Boston, and its closest competitor was the anti-Federalist Independent Chronicle ("the compliments that were frequently exchanged by these journalistic adversaries were more forcible than polite"). All three issues in fine condition..................................SOLD


6101 - BOSTON, NEW ENGLAND, 1771, A Sermon preached at Cambridge before his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson preached by John Tucker on the occasion of the election of His Majesty's Council. May 29th, 1771, printed by Richard Draper, Boston, New England. 63 pages octavo bound imprint. Very fine with crisp paper. In 1769, upon the resignation of Governor Francis Bernard, he became acting Governor, serving in that capacity at the time of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770, when popular clamor compelled him to order the removal of the troops from the city. In March 1771, he received his commission as Governor, and was the last civilian governor of the Massachusetts colony. His administration, controlled completely by the British ministry, increased the friction with the patriots. The publication, in 1773, of some letters on colonial affairs written by Hutchinson, and obtained by Franklin in England, still further aroused public indignation. In England, while Hutchinson was vindicated in discussions in the Privy Council, Franklin was severely criticized and fired as a colonial postmaster general. The resistance of the colonials led the ministry to see the necessity for stronger measures. A temporary suspension of the civil government followed, and General Gage was appointed military governor in April 1774. Driven from the country by threats in the following May and broken in health and spirit, Hutchinson spend the rest of his life an exile in England. Printed shortly after his elevation to Governor. Very fine..........................................................$150.00

6102 - GENERAL WASHINGTON REFUTES CHARGES AGAINST HIM OF INHUMANITY TOWARDS A BRITISH OFFICER, Columbian Magazine, Philadelphia, February 1787, 46 pages octavo, Volume 1 issue as it was first published in September 1786. It brings to life two of the most exciting years of our country's history, years in which the form of government was being passionately debated, years so soon after the war that a revolutionary ardor of purpose is discernible in most of the acts and thoughts which are recorded in the magazine's pages. Washington in several paragraphs refutes the charges made in England by Captain Asgill about his mistreatment under Washington. There is a Metrological chart that folds out for the month of January attached to the cover page which lists the table of contents. A very desirable early United States publication with several printed closings of Washington. The September 1787 issue with the "Constitution" often sells for over $4000.....................SOLD


72010 - CELEBRATION OVER CORNWALLIS' VICTORY, FRANCIS MARION IN THE CAROLINAS, The Salem Gazette, Salem, MA, February 7th, 1782. 6 pages, proclamation that soldiers on furlough must return promptly in order to avoid disagreeable consequences - the War is not over yet! Jubilation over the victory over Cornwallis at Yorktown, the sky is illuminated in Charleston, Francis Marion captures stores and prisoners in South Carolina, General Sinclair is sent by Washington to reinforce him, Marion's operations in the Carolinas praised, the British House of Commons denies supplies for America, a French ship arrives with money to pay the French troops. One of the newest of the Revolutionary War papers, some old tape restoration in a small area, otherwise very good, unusual six page issue.............................................$150.00

61505 - A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S EXPERIMENT ON THE "STILLING OF WATER WITH OIL, COLONIAL TAXATION", The Universal Magazine, London, January 1775, complete issue, octavo sized. A report of the famous experiment by Dr. Franklin on the stilling of water with oil while he was on an voyage back to America. Extracts of several Franklin letters, a superb biography of William Penn, the founder of the Colony of Pennsylvania, news of an Indian attack at Point Pleasant, OH, which is very detailed. Complete with original frontage page for the Volume of 1775. Excellent American content.......................................$95.00

61506 - PARLIAMENT DECLARES MASSACHUSETTS AND OTHER PARTS OF NEW ENGLAND IN ACTUAL REBELLION, The Universal Magazine, London, February 1775, contrasting forces in Parliament argue on how to handle the affairs in the Colonies, Parliamentary debate results in Massachusetts and other parts of New England to be in open revolt. William Pitt offers his view on settling the Colonial problem, a petition is sent to the House of Commons by the American Congress, more on Parliament in debate over the American question. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)..................SOLD

61507 - FEELINGS IN BRITAIN BECOME MORE ANTI-AMERICAN, NEW ENGLAND COLONIES TO BE PROHIBITED FROM FISHING IN NEWFOUNDLAND, PARLIAMENT BECOMES MORE IRRITATED IN AMERICAN NEWS, The Universal Magazine, London, March 1775, complete octavo sized issue. A great description of the City of BOSTON, Taxation and no tyranny, a satirical opinion by Dr. Samuel Johnson, a book "The Present Crisis with Respect to America Considered" being burned by the common hangman. The book was considered false, malicious, and a traitorous libel writing. Edmund Burke sets forth a plan for conciliatory actions between the Colonies and Great Britain. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included).............................$75.00

61508 - THE AMERICANS HAVE HOISTERED THEIR STANDARD OF LIBERTY AT SALEM, The Universal Magazine, London, April 1775, complete issue, octavo sized. Reports of the American Colonists raising the standard of Liberty (flag) at Salem, MA, a great many men flocking to it, Generals Burgoyne, Gage, and Howe leave for Boston on the Man-o-war CERBERUS, an early report of the organized effort in Massachusetts to assert Colonial American rights. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)...........................................$75.00

61511 - GENERAL GAGE REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN BOSTON AFTER LEXINGTON AND CONCORD, LORD DUNMORE ABDICATES AS GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA, GAGE'S REPORT ON THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL, The Universal Magazine, London, July 1775, complete issue, octavo sized. General Gage gives details as to the situation in the City of Boston after the fighting at Lexington and Concord, Lord Denmore resigns as Royal Governor of Virginia and his message to the House of Burgess, with their message to him and then Dunmore responds to their message. Gage reports to the Earl of Dartmouth on the Battle of Breeds Hill (Bunker Hill). An important issue, complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included).................................$250.00

61513 - WASHINGTON'S LETTER TO GENERAL GAGE AND HIS REPLY, The Universal Magazine, London, September 1775, complete issue, octavo size. Congress sent a letter to Ireland listing the reasons for the rebellion against England, Congress sent a petition to the House of Commons, news of battle action near Fort Ticonderoga, Washington's letter to General Gage and his reply to Washington. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)...................................$85.00

61514 - GEORGE III FEELS A SHOW OF FORCE IS NECESSARY TO BRING THE COLONIES IN LINE, BUT IF THEY RETURN THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH MERCY, The Universal Magazine, London, October 1775, octave sized magazine. A description of the seat of War in North America, recent fires in Charles Town, extensive news about Rhode Island, John Wesley addresses the American Colonies and employs them to accept British Authority for fear of God and the King, George III addresses both houses of Parliament stating that a show of forces must be made with the Americans, but if they return to the fold they should be dealt with mercy and tenderness, notice that Lard Cornwallis has been appointed a Major General. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included).............................................$89.00

61515 - EDMUND BURKE ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT AND DEEMS THE BRITISH, THE AGGRESSORS IN THE AMERICAN CONFLICT, The Universal Magazine, London, November 1775, octavo sized magazine. Parliament continues to debate the course needed to bring the American Revolution to an end, discussions on the strength of the troops under General Gage at Boston, Parliament reserves the right to send troops to North America, Edmund Burke puts the blame on England in the American crisis from the Stamp Act to Lexington and Concord. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)..........SOLD

61516 - THE BRITISH NAVY DESTROYS FALMOUTH, MA, THREATENS OTHER COASTAL CITIES FROM BOSTON TO HALIFAX, The Universal Magazine, London, December 1775, octavo sized magazine. Lord North proposes in Congress a bill that would prohibit trade with any of the 12 United Colonies who sent delegates to the late Continental Congress, on December 8th, Parliament passes the American Refraining Act. George Washington passes on a letter describing the British Navy's attack on Falmouth, MA., which nearly destroyed the town by thousands of shot from the small British fleet, Nathanial Green sent a letter on the same subject (destruction of Falmouth) and wants the town of Newport fortified as quick as possible. Quite a detailed issue. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)....................................$95.00

61517 - GENERAL GAGE ARRIVES IN BOSTON WITH TROOPS, THE PORT BLOCKED, PHILADELPHIA SYMPATHIZE WITH THE MEN OF MASSACHUSETTS, PAYMENT OFFERED FOR LOSSES IN THE BOSTON TEA PARTY, The Town & Country Magazine, London, July 1774, octavo sized magazine with full wraps. General Gage arrives in Boston and is peaceably received, members of the faction opposing British taxes and restrictions are informed that their names have been sent to London and set before Parliament, they may be called to London or at the very least prohibited from holding any public office, leaders in Philadelphia write offering sympathy with their brethren in Massachusetts, however the Quakers in that city oppose any involvement in the New England situation, a letter is presented by merchants of Boston desiring a meaningful relationship with Gage and offering the East India Company for any past losses incurred by wrathful and inconsiderate men...AN OFFER TO REPAY LOSSES INCURRED FOR THE BOSTON TEA PARTY, important and rare content as some in Boston fear financial ruin by the blockade of Boston Harbor that was just beginning by the British Fleet. Very fine, complete........................................$225.00

61518 - AN EXTENSIVE LISTING OF LETTERS FROM COLONIAL GOVERNORS ADVISING PARLIAMENT OF THE SITUATION IN AMERICA, A MOVE IN BOSTON TO PAY FOR THE LOST TEA DEFEATED, EXTRAORDINARY CONTENT, The Gentleman's Magazine, London, February 1775, complete with all wraps. A series of General Gage's letters from Boston from July 1775 to December 1775 describing the affairs in the Colony, tyranny enforced by mobs who influence juries, judges, and the press. A vote defeated in Boston to pay for the lost TEA (BOSTON TEA PARTY), letters from almost all Colonial Royal Governors advising Parliament of the situation in their Colony and how the situation in Massachusetts has been influencing their citizens and the feeling of their citizens, workers in Boston refuse to build lodging for the King's Troops. A very newsy and important issue just two months before Lexington & Concord and the beginning of the Revolutionary War........................................$175.00

62001 - SEES OF REVOLUTION IN BOSTON EMERGE, The Pennsylvania Chronicle, October 17th, 1768, 8 page octavo edition printed by William Goddard. The British land troops in Boston to enforce and back up local Customs Officials with unrest brewing, lodging is to be provided to them, barracks constructed with no compensation for lands used by the Army, barracks being built are destroyed during construction, the Governor offers a reward for the capture of the offenders, local meeting of Boston officials vote to not endorse harsher measures against the British. Numerous reports from Boston in this Philadelphia paper revolving around the unrest in New England, the arrival of British regiments in Boston, and dissent among the populace over how to handle the duties and taxation imposed upon the New England colonies. Also the "Sons of Liberty" in Boston threatened armed violence. An excellent Colonial paper printed just as hostile actions against British rule were to erupt. Paper is crisp and printing bold, trifle flem on page 7-8 resulting in trifle lost of text in merchant ads, otherwise fine.............................................$250.00   

62102 - THE SITUATION IN FRANCE WORSENS, ANARCHY PREVAILS, Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia, PA, January 10th, 1793. 4 pgs. Extensive coverage of the birth of the New French Republic, conflicts and battles in France, printed just a few days before the French King and his wife were executed. These changes in France would set the stage for an upcoming War with England that would threaten to bring America into the fray. Very fine....................................$45.00

62103 - WASHINGTON'S NEUTRALITY PROCLAMATION CONDEMNED, Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia, PA, July 3rd, 1793, 4 pages. An un-common paper with an extensive criticism of President Washington's recent proclamation of Neutrality in regard to the conflict between England and France. The author details in several large columns on pages one and two the reasons why the proclamation was uncalled for and unjust as well as breaking our treaty with France. In addition, our friendship with France for their late assistance in the Revolution was not taken into consideration. As Washington begins his second term, there is dissention in his own cabinet with Hamilton favoring England and Jefferson France. A scarcer paper from Philadelphia, fine.................SOLD 

62104 - NUMEROUS NAVAL ENGAGEMENTS INVOLVING THE FRENCH AND ENGLISH, ADAMS WILL NOT RUN AGAIN FOR PRESIDENT, The Columbian Centinel, Boston, MA, September 14th, 1796, 4 pages. Detailed accounts of the action between the English and French Navies with the neutral United States caught in the middle, John Adams will not run again for President, Toussant's defeat in the West Indies, Napoleon in Naples, fine......................................SOLD

62105 - AMERICAN INTERESTS HURT BY THE CONTINUED WAR BETWEEN BRITAIN AND FRANCE, The Columbian Centinel, Boston, MA, September 21st, 1796, 4 pgs. Numerous articles and details of the damage causes to American shipping interests as the result in the on going war between France and England, relations with France strained, news of the War in Europe with a dispatch by Napoleon, printed in the last year of the Washington administration (1796), fine, small blems, but a solid paper............................SOLD

62106 - CRITICISM OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FEAR OF GETTING THE UNITED STATES IN A CONFLICT WITH FRANCE, The Independent Chronicle, Boston, MA, February 13th, 1797. Attractive masthead of the Seal of Massachusetts, published ni the last month of Washington's second administration. The paper criticizes the Federal Government for it's relations with France, Pickering the Secretary of State had published a report on the damages incurred by American vessels by hostile actions against neutral nations. Front page article on the state of Foreign Affairs in regard to our relations with European powers in conflict, fine.........................................$49.50

62109 - JOHN HANCOCK ON HIS WAY TO PHILADELPHIA FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, The Worcester Magazine, Boston, MA, Second week of May 1787, published by I. Thomas and formerly the "Massachusetts Spy", octavo sized. Hancock and his wife leave for Philadelphia for the Convention, a committee in Massachusetts deals with pardoning persons who were disloyal during the Revolution, news that leaders of Shays Rebellion have returned to Vermont from Canada. A scarce issue, slight edge tatters, but a solid issue.............................$75.00

62110 - A HISTORY OF THE LATE WAR IN AMERICA IN 1779, THE CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA UNDERWAY, The Worcester Magazine, Boston, MA, last week of May 1787, published by I. Thomas and formerly the "Massachusetts Spy", octavo sized. Washington arrives in New York with great fanfare, the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia under way. Several front pages damaged, but still excellent content...................................SOLD


A RARE GROUP OF COLONIAL ALMANACS

The following group of Almanacs were all printed in America in the 18th Century in Boston. Colonial imprints of all types are getting very scarce to find and bringing high prices at auction.

29 - ASTRONOMICAL DIARY OR ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1795, published by Nathanial Low, Boston, MA. Paper wraps and string bound, lists the usual predictions by day. The court systems in New England, population by States in America, distances of road from Boston to other towns in New England, as well as simple interest based on 6% interest from 1 pound to 1000 pounds. "Published in the 19th year of Independence which began July 4th, 1776". Wide margins, early Federalist period almanac printed during the administration of George Washington. Fresh paper............................................$165.00

30 - ASTRONOMICAL DIARY OR ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1798, published by Nathanial Low, Boston, MA. The usual predictions by day each month. A table of interest based on 6%, a conversion into pounds from Massachusetts currency, a listing of the Federal Court system in New England, distances from Boston to other towns in the New England area. A Federalist Period almanac. Overall very good, paper wraps and string bound...........................................$150.00


6100 - BOSTON, NEW ENGLAND, November 1770, 32 page octavo printed sermon by Rev. Charles Turner at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Thomas Haven. This sermon was an early diatribe AGAINST THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE. This was Andrew Eliot's autographed copy. Eliot was the minister of the New North Church for 36 years starting in 1740. Very fine, nice firm paper. ELIOT, Andrew, clergyman born in Boston, Massachusetts, 28 December 1718; died there, 13 September 1778. His great-grandfather, Andrew Elliott, of Somersetshire, settled in Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1683. He graduated at Harvard in 1737, and in 1742 was ordained as colleague pastor with Mr. Webb, of the New North Church in Boston, where he remained until his death, being sole pastor after 1750. The University of Edinburgh gave him the degree of D. D. in 1767, and in 1765 he was chosen to the corporation of Harvard, afterward declining an election to the presidency in 1773. During the British occupation of Boston, Dr. Eliot did much to alleviate the sufferings of the people, but, notwithstanding his devotion to the patriot cause, his moderation won him the respect of the royalists. When Governor Hutchinson's house was plundered by a mob, Dr. Eliot saved a large number of valuable manuscripts, including the second volume of the "History of Massachusetts Bay." He was much interested in the conversion of the Indians, and labored for the passage of an act, which was after ward vetoed by the governor, to establish in Massachusetts a society for propagating the gospel among the Indians, similar to that in London, of which he was a member. He took an active part in upholding the Congregational system against the Episcopalians, and published occasional discourses and a volume of sermons (1774). He also sent to a friend in England, in 1768, an account of the effects of the dispute between the colonies and the mother country, which was praised for its candor and moderation, PRINTED BY Edes & Gill in Queenstreet.....................................SOLD

61509 - AMERICAN NEWS OF THE BATTLES AT LEXINGTON AND CONCORD, The Universal Magazine, London, May 1775, complete, octavo sized issue. News from the ESSEX GAZETTE (lengthy) in Massachusetts detailing the advances of the British troops upon Lexington and Concord in April. Past and the retreat back to Charlestown by the battered British troops, gives reports of killed and wounded on both sides, describes the opening shots and cry by the British commander "Disperse you rebels, Damn you, throw down your arms and disperse", a long and detailed account by the American press on these two most historic battles. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)..................SOLD

61510 - THE BRITISH ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLES OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD BY GENERAL GAGE, The Universal Magazine, London, June 1775, complete issue, octavo sized. First accounts on the hostilities near Boston, a great account of the Battles of Lexington & Concord in April 1775 along with details of the retreat towards Boston of the British regulars. Gage describes the Rebels firing behind trees and fences, gives reports of the dead and wounded by names of officers and regiments. The Colonial government in Philadelphia advises New York on how to react to the British troop arrival, announcement of the capture of Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point by American forces, a letter by New Jersey Governor William Franklin (son of Benjamin Franklin) on an over-simplified plan for a solution to the conflict between American and the British government. An excellent issue. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)...........................SOLD

28 - ASTRONOMICAL DIARY OR ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR 1767, published by Nathanial Ames, Boston, MA. Each month's predictions by day, mileage distances from all major towns in New England from Boston, paper wraps and string bound. Complete, usual age tones, a nice example. French & Indian War period in New England...............................SOLD

31 - THE FARMER'S ALMANAC FOR THE YEAR OF 1799, published by Robert Thomas, Boston, MA. Predictions by day each month, article on agriculture, mileages from Boston to other New England towns, postal rates, the courts in other New England states, tax rates on houses, land, and SLAVES. A Federalist Era almanac printed during the administration of John Adams and the year of the death of Washington (1799). Paper wraps, string bound, complete, overall very good........................................SOLD

61512 - AMERICANS JUSTIFY THE BEARING OF ARMS AGAINST BRITAIN, GEORGE III'S PROCLAMATION ON THE SUPPRESSION OF THE AMERICAN REBELLION, The Universal Magazine, London, August 1775, complete issue, octavo sized. Americans state their right to bear arms against Britain, a letter to the British citizens from the American Congress, Americans burn a lighthouse, King George III's proclamation on suppressing the American rebellion; the British discuss the price of shipping soldiers and supplies to America. Complete issue minus frontage page that was removed when binding into the bound volume (a color copy of the frontage page for 1775 is included)........................SOLD

62101 - THE PEOPLE OF CARLISLE, PA CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE ON THEIR NEW LIBERTY, Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser, Philadelphia, PA, January 1st, 1793, 4 pgs. News of the New French Republic reaches America, salutation from the people of Carlisle, PA on the new freedom for the French people. LET MEN BE FREE was the cry, article on Loans for the Bank of the United States, appropriations for the new American army (1792). Published in the administration of George Washington. Fine...................................................SOLD

62107 - SENATOR BLOUNT OF TENNESSEE ACCUSED OF HIGH TREASON, The Columbian Centinel, Boston, MA, July 12th, 1797, 4 pages. Extensive coverage of the case of Senator Blount of Tennessee and his plot to draw the United States into a war with Spain and his enticing the Cherokees to attack both American and Spanish targets...he is accused of HIGH TREASON and removed from the Senate. Evidence included a letter by Blount outlining the plan. Rumors of a breach of solidarity in America on who supports the National Government in regard to the French question--the western states and the South will support France and the eastern states, the national government. Very good with some edge wear, an important issue..........................................................SOLD

62108 - DETAILS OF THE FRENCH PLOT EMERGE, XYZ AFFAIR, The Providence Gazette, Providence, RI, April 18th, 1798, four pages. Details of the French plot to draw the United States emerge, criticism of the French Ambassador's lies, a lengthy page one and page 2 of details involving the French plan are exposed (XYZ Affair). Printed in the beginning of John Adam's administration. An important attack on the motives of our Revolutionary War ally France, fine...........................................................SOLD

62111 - THE STATES IN THE PROCESS OF RATIFYING THE CONSTITUTION, PLEAS FOR NEGRO RIGHTS IN MASSACHUSETTS, A REPRINT OF THOMAS PAINE'S "AMERICAN CRISIS IN 1776", The American Museum, Philadelphia, PA, May 1788, printed by Mathew Carey, octave size and string bound, large magazine. A pointed article by PRINCE HALL of Boston in regard to the capture of three Negro freeman in Boston and sold into slavery by a ship captain, an address to the free men of South Carolina in regard to the Constitution, discussion in Maryland in regard to amendments to the Federal document, discussions in Virginia in regard to the Constitution, Spain's actions in regard to the navigation of the Mississippi River, a census of the United States by State including Negroes, a petition of Daniel Shays and Eli Parsons to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Shays Rebellion leaders), a letter from Benjamin Franklin in regard to Pennsylvania's ratification of the Constitution, Hancock's speech to the Legislature of Massachusetts, Maryland ratifies the new Constitution, a reprint of Thomas Paine's "American Crisis in 1776." Am incredible wealth of information in regard to the discussions in the various states to ratifying the US Constitution as the states ratify it one by one. Complete issue with index, fine condition and quite scarce..................................SOLD

62113 - ENGRAVED BY PAUL REVERE IN 1775, THE MASSACHUSETTS SPY, THE ORACLE OF LIBERTY!, September 13th, 1775, Worcester, MA, published by I. Thomas using an engraving for his masthead made by Paul Revere. This masthead was one of several Revere made for Thomas and Thomas used this one from May 1775 until 1781 after his moving to Worcester, 4 pages. News that John Hancock has left for Philadelphia, an act to prohibit trade by Massachusetts Bay and the rest of New England as well as closing off the Newfoundland fisheries to those Colonies, General Gage reports from his command under siege in Boston, Edmund Burke's speech in parliament urging conciliatory measures to deal with America, superb front page commentary about the taxing of the American Colonies without representation, Abiel Wood of Massachusetts blamed Hancock, Adams, and Josiah Quincy for all the unrest. They acted selfishly in regard to the destruction of the Tea and Woods states Hancock was the first on board when the tea was destroyed...Woods was declared an enemy of the Colony and left for Nova Scotia, troops are leaving for Fort Ticonderoga, mentions the "Sons of Sedition" in Boston with threatened violence (Sons of Liberty). A wonderful late 1775 newspaper from the seat of the early conflict in America with the masthead engraved by Paul Revere of Boston. Paper is solid with no tears, just a light to be expected light tone here and there. Quite a nice issue and extremely rare............................................SOLD

 
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