• Early American Newspapers Detail Aaron Burr's Arrest, 1796 Presidential Election, Negro Children Illegally Brought To America, Race Riot

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    Offering an assemblage of 14 early American newspapers, ranging from 1798 to 1835, with some fascinating historical content, including articles about Aaron Burr’s arrest, brought about by President Thomas Jefferson, who accused Burr of treason, famous abolitionists, such as William Lloyd Garrison, voting chart in 1796 with George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and Aaron Burr, political opposition to William Seward’s run for New York Governor, the Whig Convention, a woman who was killed during the Revolutionary War, the prosecution of a man who brought two Negro children from Africa to the United States and St. Louis riot that resulted from a Negro servant killing his master.

     

      The Independent Volunteer, Montrose, Penn., April 20, 1837, No. 21.  Content includes an attack by the Seminoles on Fort Mellon, likely before the Seminoles received wor of the truce.  A list of acts passed by the 1836 legislature including one to amend the state constitution. General Jesup’s Treaty.  General Jesup  is at Fort Dale and will remain there until the Indians are dispatched.

     

      The Independent Volunteer, Montrose, Penn., November 2, 1837. Content includes coverage of a lecture by Mr. Catlin on native Americans, speaking about the scalping of an Indian Chief and his scalp being sold to a white trader. Also a lengthy, spectacular article entitled, “The Abolitionists,” along with an account of William Lloyd Garrison, prime leader of the abolitionist movement.  The article and the letter to the editor delves into deep issues about abolition of the day.  Also, a story about “atrocious piracy” against the Packet Ship Susquehanna. Said one story, “A number of the surviving passengers of the Steam Packet Home...published a card declaring that the vessel was unseaworthy, and that the Captain was incompetent from intoxication.”  The Reperatory, Boston, Tuesday, January 13, 1807. Includes a story about the Louisiana Purchase. [The acquisition of the territory of Louisisana by the United States from France in 1803. In return for $15 million, or about $18 per acre.]  “...We have not had a moment’s quiet...We did not buy land, for that land was granted to individuals before; we thought we had bought jurisdiction, but Spain and Col. [Aaron] Burr dispute that matter with us. We have bought the privilege of contenting with Spain about the boundaries of Louisiana and of spending a few millions for fortifications and garrisons, till the war with Great Britain can be so managed by Bonaparte, as to afford him leisure to resume his grant into his own hands.” Also, a Massachusetts House of Representatives bill on regulating elections about residents of towns and plantations being able to vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, according to the provisions of the state constitution.  A state Supreme Court decision, which effectively disagrees with the legislation.  Quoting a letter from Washington, one story reports that “Col. [Aaron] Burr since his late “prosecution and acquittal has become highly popular in Kentucky. He is considered there a persecuted man. A publick dinner was given him, and the ladies of Kentucky have sent a deputation to him requesting his company at a ball, which was to succeed the dinner...” [The Burr conspiracy was initiated by Thomas Jefferson, who issued a warrant for Burr’s arrest, claiming that Burr had been treasonous for allegedly trying to create an independent country. Burr’s version was that he intended to farm 40,000 acres in the Texas Territory, which had been leased to him by the Spanish Crown.] 

     

    4  Gazette of the United States and Philadelphia Advertiser, December 19, 1796.  Many articles, one highlight being a chart of votes for those running for President and Vice President in the 16 states.  Candidates included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, George Washington and others.

     

    5   Hampshire Federalist, Springfield, Massachusetts, May 24, 1810. A fine article dealing with the “influence of a fear of France...operating upon the executive and legislative departments of the United States...The Constitution of the United Sates...should be regarded with holy reverence.”  The article speaks to the Alien and Sedition Acts and the National Bank.

     

         The Spectator, New York, May 26, 1798. Articles on Congress, a letter from Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of the Treasury, a story about U.S. Ministers in Paris, Advertisements for the sale of farms.

     

         New-York Spectator, October 7 and 11, 1831. A letter from Andrew Jackson, sales of the stock exchange, notable passengers aboard the ship Hibernia, including President Mosquera of Columbia, a list of those who died in New York City Hospital between June and September.

     

    8  New-York Commercial Advertiser, September 26 and 29,1834. An address delivered at the Whig Convention by Delegate Chandler Starr, speaking, in part, of delegates being sent to Washington to represent constituents, not General Jackson or Mr. Van Buren, restoring relations between the Government and the United States Bank. Much more including many advertisements.


      New-York Commercial Advertiser, October 13 and 14, 1834. A fine article about political opposition to William Seward (Lincoln’s future Secretary of State) who was running for governor of New York. Publication of the political ticket with Whig nominations, including that of Seward.  A story discussing the Revolutionary War death of Miss M’Rea, who was struck with a tomahawk, and a good deal of Whig news.

     

        New-York Commercial Advertiser, September 2 and 3, 1835. An article detailing “...Negroes sent into the British North American provinces or soon after the late war...What occurred is a strong rebuke against the immediate emancipation system as performed in England by the Grey ministry, and attempted to be accomplished in the southern part of the Union by persons undoubtedly delegated and otherwise influenced by the coterie in Great Britain...”  Another story speaks of a Negro servant killing his master in St. Louis and the subsequent riot. “...A mob assembled on the following evening in those quarters of the city inhabited by colored people, and kept possession of the streets...Houses were broken open...Several of the blacks that might have escaped...dropped themselves from second and third story windows...The mob mostly consisted of the very lowest classes...”  Also, a story about a trial of Capt. Caleb Miller, who brought two Negro children from Africa...”

     

    Expected toning some fold tears. Overall in very good condition.

     

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