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Andrew Jackson's report on negotiations for return of American POW's
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL - Boston, MA - March 23, 1815
Aftermath of the War of 1812
 
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4 pgs. The Centinel was a popular daily newspaper in antebellum Massachusetts. The masthead displayed is the successor to the shield motif of the late 18th century. It features an American Bald Eagle with shield across its breast, wings outstretched, and the arrows of war and olive branch of peace grasped in its talons. Above the eagle's head is a banner with "American Federalist" written on it.

This issue of the Centinel was published during the time immediately following the end of the War of 1812. Numerous articles address the aftermath of the war, including a prominent letter signed NO SWAB which lists the debt incurred by the United States as a result of the war and the fact that the impressments issue which caused the war was not addressed in the peace negotiations. An additional piece directly questions the Treaty of Ghent which ended the war, clearly indicating that it was unsatisfactory and raised the question of why the war was even fought in the first place. Featured on page two is the full text of a letter sent by Major General (later President) Andrew Jackson to Secretary of War (later President) James Monroe giving the full details of his negotiations with Admiral Cochrane regarding the return of American prisoners captured after the surrender of Fort Bowyer. Numerous period advertisements are also featured throughout.

This issue is in good condition with light toning and a few minor stains which do not obscure text present. Some edge chipping is apparent (consistent with removal from binding) and the spine is partially torn. An excellent resource for the history of the period immediately following the War of 1812.


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