The American Museum, including George Washington’s Inaugural Address
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Magazine. The American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces…. Volume V. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey. The six monthly issues from January to June, 1789.
The content includes:
A description of George Washington’s April 21, 1789 arrival in New York, the seat of the new U.S. Government, as well as his April 30 Inaugural Address to Congress.
Congratulatory addresses from citizens of Baltimore, the Pennsylvania branch of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the Philadelphia Mayor among others, along with several of Washington’s replies.
John Adams’ inaugural address as Vice President.
Benjamin Franklin’s contributions include “Observations Concerning the increase of mankind, peopling of countries, &c. written in Pennsylvania, anno 1751…”, “Idea of an English School, for the consideration of the Trustees of the Philadelphia Academy,” and “Physical and meteorological observations, conjectures, and suppositions”
“An Enquiry into the relation of tastes and aliments to each other” by Benjamin Rush.
Articles for and against proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution.
Revolutionary documents republished here include the “Declaration and resolves of the county of Suffolk, Massachusetts… 1774”; “Documents respecting the battles of Lexington and Concord”, “An Account of the Battle of Bunker Hill, published by a committee of the provincial congress of Massachusetts,” and others.
Rebound in contemporary style with marbleized boards and leather spine. Not collated, but the text appears to be complete. Lacking the rare slave ship engraving and chart of the Gulf Stream.
Green, James N. Mathew Carey, publisher and patriot. Library Company of Philadelphia, 1985.
Mott, Frank Luther. History of American Magazines, 1741-1850. Harvard University Press, 1938.
Sellen, Robert W. “The American Museum, 1787-1792, as a Forum for Ideas of American Foreign
Policy,” in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, April, 1969.