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    The American Mercury: Two Bound Volumes of Federal Era Newspapers. The volumes contain issues of the American Mercury, published in Hartford, Connecticut. Each 10" x 16" volume is bound in the original paper boards with quarter bound sheepskin. The covers are inscribed with the name of the owner, Charles D'W. Brownell of Bristol, Rhode Island. The first volume contains 99 issues from February 7, 1785 to December 25, 1786, missing seven. The second volume runs from January 1, 1787 to December 29, 1788, likewise missing seven. There is extensive coverage of the following topics: Shays' Rebellion, the Northwest Ordinance, debates on the Constitution and updates regarding its ratification. A very early printing of the Constitution appears in the October 1, 1787 issue. There are two lengthy pieces by Daniel Boon [sic] on the Kentucke [sic] wars. There are two pieces by Dr. Benjamin rush opposing the death penalty. Smaller pieces concern limiting freedmen's rights in Connecticut, restricting the sale trade and the ceding of all lands held by two Native American tribes in the state of New York. The inside cover of the second volume has notes and a pastedown dealing with the significant events in the ratification process for the Constitution. The letters of Oliver Ellsworth are also printed in support of the Constitution in these newspapers. There are the usual assortment of advertisements and legal notices, including posting of rewards for runaway slave. Very good condition overall.

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