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    Death of George Washington in December 23, 1799 Newspaper In a modern world of the Internet and satellite communications, news events can be seen worldwide as they are happening. For many of us, if it happened yesterday, it's old news. In 1799 this wasn't the case of course. News travelled at the speed of a person walking or a horse galloping at best. The Father of our Country, George Washington, passed away on December 14, 1799 at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. It is rare to see a report of his death in a newspaper printed before January 1, 1800 and this report is several days previous to that. Under a "HARTFORD, December 23" header in the first column of page three it states "A letter from a Member of Congress dated 18th of December, to his friend in New-Haven, says, 'The illustrious GENERAL WASHINGTON, is no more.' The time of his death was not mentioned." You could search for a long period and not find an earlier published account of this great man's death. The newspaper offered here is The Connecticut Courant dated December 23, 1799, a four page issue in very fine condition save for a tiny tear (with minor paper loss) at the top of page one and some light foxing. It is full of interesting news and advertising including a page two article about (Napoleon) Bonaparte at Paris. The back page is almost entirely taken up with the printing of a Congressional "Act to regulate Trade and Intercourse with the Indian Tribes, and to preserve Peace on the Frontiers" approved in type by John Adams. The now Hartford Courant is still being published today, making it the longest continuously published newspaper in America.

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