American & British: 1798-1857. An archive of Napoleonic war accounts in mostly American newspapers, reporting important world events from 1798 through to 1857. These vivid contemporary accounts span the entire period of the Napoleonic era.
Starting with the 1798 article in a Connecticut newspaper, there is a description of Napoleon's campaign (the Egyptian campaign) and the mystery which surrounded its goal and destination: "Nothing certain is yet known relative to the destination of Buonaparte's (sic) armament .... Never was a political secret more inviolably kept, nor was the curiosity of Europe ever more excited than on this occasion. Among the various destinations assigned by rumor to the expedition, Candia (sic), Cyprus, Constantinople and Alexandria are mentioned ... (See item 1, p3 col. 1).
The archive ends with Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo and the new balance of power which resulted in Europe. In the December 16, 1818 issue of 'The Morning Chronicle', a letter to the editors remarks on the vast changes in Europe:
"After a state of warfare which has lasted above twenty years, and which has entirely changed the face of Europe, the reverses which Bonaparte has experienced, within the last twelvemonth, have at least placed him more on a level with his antagonists in point of power; the terror which attended the prospect of his reducing all Europe to one power, is in a great measure dissipated; his motions are neither so rapid, nor his advantages so decided as they formerly were. ... No state of things can be more desirable, nor more advantageous to this country [England] than that a balance were established in Europe, by which a general peace would be maintained for the longest possible period." (See item 26, p3, col. 4).
Each article roughly over 10 column inches in length. The articles range from very good to rough condition, and are mostly in good order. The archive includes:
1. The Connecticut Courant (Hartford). P3, col. I. Oct. 15, 1798
2. The Spectator (New York). P2, col. 5. Nov. 24, 1798
3. The Spectator. P1, col. 3 & 4. Jan. 9, 1799
4. The Connecticut Courant. P2, col. 1; p3 col. 1. Sept. 23, 1799
5. The Salem Gazette (Mass). P1, col. 4. Feb. 21, 1800
6. The Connecticut Courant. P1 & p2. April 7, 1800
7. Weekly Museum (New York). P3, col. 2. Aug. 9, 1800
8. The Connecticut Courant. P2, col. 1. Mar. 30, 1801
9. The Connecticut Courant. P3, col. 1. June 8, 1801
10. The Connecticut Courant. P1 col. 4 & p2 col. 4. June 29, 1801
11. The Connecticut Courant. P2 col. 2 & 4. July 13, 1801
12. The Connecticut Courant. P1 col. 5; p3, col. 1. Sept. 7, 1801
13. The Connecticut Courant. P2 col. 1. Oct. 5, 1801
14. The Connecticut Courant. P1 col. 5 & p2. Oct. 19, 1801
15. The Connecticut Courant. P3 col. 1. Dec. 14, 1801
16. Columbian Minerva (Dedham). P2 col. 1 & 2; p3 col. 1. Jun 12, 1804.
An important article on the Battle of Suriname (northeastern Atlantic coast of South America), which took place in May 1804, and in which the Dutch colony was captured by the British under Sir Samuel Hood.
17. Columbian Centinel (Boston). P1 & 2. Damaged. Aug. 1, 1806
18. Columbian Centinel. P1 col. 2. Aug. 16, 1808
19. The Repertory (Boston). P1 col. 2. Aug. 16, 1808
20. The Repertory. P1 col. 4; p1 col. 2. Aug. 30, 1808
An article criticizing President Thomas Jefferson's actions (Embargo Act of 1807), in which American shipping to both Britain and France was cut off; it accuses Jefferson of destroying American commerce.
21. The Repertory. P1 col. 5. Sept. 20, 1808
22. The Repertory. P2 col. 2. Oct. 31, 1809
23. Columbian Centinel. P2 col. 1. May 22, 1811
24. The Morning Chronicle (London). P2 col. 1. Dec. 8, 1813
An important article on the terrible conditions in Newgate prison, and the necessity of transporting convicts as soon as possible to New South Wales in order to ease the overcrowding.
25. The Morning Chronicle. P3 col. 4. Dec. 16, 1813
26. The Morning Chronicle. P3 col. 4. Dec. 16, 1818
27. The Dollar Newspaper (Philadelphia). P2 col. 1. Oct. 21, 1857
An archive of accounts of the vast changes sweeping Europe during the Napoleonic era. Very good condition. Item #23362