Title: Columbian Centinel
Publisher: Benjamin Russell. Wednesday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 6, Boston
Publication Date: 1790
4 pp. each. No. 5 and 7 of vol. XIV Approximately 17-1/4 x 11 inches. printed in four columns with black ink on tan paper. The issue of September 29:The front page has three published Acts, the first one "An Act for the Relief of the persons therein mentioned or described" -Sarah, the widow of the late major-general Earl of Stirling, who died in the service of the United States . Frances Eleanor Laurens, the orphan daughter of the late lieutenant-colonel John Laurens, who was killed ., each of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers, who were so wounded and disabled, and who are no placed on the books in the office of the secretary for the department of war, as a pensioner, or to be so placed . shall receive from the register of the Treasury . and be it further enacted, That the widow or orphan of each officer, non-commissioned officer, and soldier, who was killed or died . as entitled to a pension, by virtue of any act of the said late Congress, or any laws of this Congress.The second Act is for the "Relief of disabled Soldiers and Seamen lately in the service of the United States, and of certain other Persona" -the act lists some persons by name and then similar to the first provides a general relief (monetary reward) to the others.The third Act is "Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all surveys of lands in the Western Territory made under the direction of the late geographer Thomas Hutchins, agreeable to contracts for part of the said lands, made with the late Board of Treasury, be returned to, and perfected by the Secretary of the Treasury, so as to compleat [sic] the said contracts ."All of the Acts end with "Frederich Augustus Mulenberg, Speaker of the House of Representatives. John Adams, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate. Approved August eleventh (and twelfth), 1790. George Washington, President of the United States, (True copy) Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State."There are articles titled "Foreign Intelligence. Paris, July 16" talking about a meeting between the King and Lafayette, and that in the event the King died, the Queen could not assume the Government, that she could only be considered the wife of the first citizen. There is also an article that is headed "Reduced French Nobility" and is a list of names with first the name and title of a person, the his "citizen" name. E.g. "Prince de Conde" is "Louis Joseph Capet. HmmmmThe issue of October 6:The front page leads with an article taking up four an a quarter columns titled "Remarks on the Manufacturing of Maple Sugar With Directions for Its Further Improvement" The last page is composed of notes on Fashion and advertisements for sale, ships sailing schedules, and a "Notice is hereby given to the Proprietors of Land lying in the Plantation called Tyngflown, in the County of Lincoln, that their Lands were taxed in the following manner, iz." and gives a list of names, lots and the amount, in most cases 2 shillings but a few with the whopping sum of 12 shillings! A few small brown spots, right margins a little rubbed, else fine. Bookseller Inventory # 30822
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