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George Washington Signed Acts of Congress,
Including an Act “Respecting the Mint,”
and Discussions of a Third Term for the First President (SOLD)
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An opinion piece from Philadelphia on a Third Term for Washington: Washington signs four acts of Congress in cursive type, including one detailing the ways and means of procuring copper for the minting of cents and half cents.

[GEORGE WASHINGTON]. Newspaper, Columbian Centinel, June 18, 1796, Boston, Ma., 4 pp., 11 7/8 x 18 ¾ in.

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Partial Transcript

“Notwithstanding the reports, which have at times assumed the appearance of being official that The President will decline being considered a Candidate for the Chair the ensuing election, I cannot find that he has given any intimations which warrant the reports.  The general opinion here, is that he will be elected unanimously; in which case, it is presumed he will serve another Presidency… .

…respecting the Mint… that…there shall be retained from every deposit in the mint, of gold and silver bullion below the standard of the United States, such sums as shall be equivalent to the expense incurred in refining the same....”

Historical Background

The Columbian Centinel (1790-1840) was a Boston, Massachusetts, newspaper established by Benjamin Russell. It continued its predecessor, the Massachusetts Centinel and the Republican Journal, which Russell and partner William Warden had first issued on March 24, 1784. The paper was "the most influential and enterprising paper in Massachusetts after the Revolution." Until ca.1800, the Centinel's circulation was the largest in Boston. Its closest competitor was the Independent Chronicle.  In 1828 Russell sold the Centinel to Joseph T. Adams and Thomas Hudson, who continued its publication.  In 1840, the Centinel merged with a number of other Boston papers – he Independent Chronicle & Boston Patriot, the Boston Commercial Gazette, and the New-England Palladium -- to form the Boston Semi-weekly Advertiser, which eventually became the Boston Herald.


Light damp staining in the top one-third, minor foxing, bit of period doodling in the upper left corner, otherwise fine.