1798 Farmers Weekly Museum: NH and Vermont Journal - Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas, an American newspaper publisher, was the first person to 'perform' the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence and was also the first to publish the account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He published several papers and in 1797 bought the Farmers Weekly Museum: Newhampshire and Vermont Journal and ran it until 1799. The paper was established in 1793 in Walpole, Massachusetts as the Farmer's Museum. This original edition from June 6, 1798 was published during Thomas's ownership of the paper. The main article on the front page of this RARE and short-lived paper concerns the taxation of vellum used for deeds and other documents. It is an interesting read with the different categories and pricing for each category of vellum. Other stories, advertisements, and articles include a call to meeting for Free Masons, advertisements for land and homes for sale, a reward for a missing mare, an advertisement from the publishers, an article with a summary of 'events abroad', a story from Kentucky about the consequences of improper storage of gunpowder (this one is very interesting!) among other news of the day. At the end of this 4-page newspaper is 'The Dessert', a compilation of stories and poetry for light reading.
This rare and wonderful newspaper has had some repairs with museum tape but is completely readable and it is made of rag paper.
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