Articles from January, 2012

Why the Mail was Sometimes Late

January 31, 2012

There were three main reasons why the mails did not arrive on time:  1) the weather, which in turn affected 2) the condition of the roads, and 3) interference of the Indians.  The editors, not having a mail, would have …

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Saving the Newspapers

January 25, 2012

In the early 19th Century, United States roads were bad and were not enhanced by the heavy wagons that replaced the coastal trade that no longer could operate because of the British blockade.  When bad weather was added to that …

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News of the US: Week Four of January 1812

January 24: In the House of Representatives, the Navy Bill — “The question then was, will the house concur in striking out the 2d section, which provides for the building of an additional number of frigates. Mr. David R. Williams …

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What to Do When the Mail Failed to Come

January 22, 2012

The late 18th and early 19th Century newspapers were almost totally dependent on the mails for the content of their papers.  When the mails failed to arrive, they had to resort to other means in order to justify their revenue …

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News of the US: Week Three of January 1812

January 16: “A letter from Utica states, that, on the 16th inst. at sunrise, the Thermometer, in that village, stood at 26 degrees below cipher–58 degrees below the freezing point. In this city, it stood, at the same time, at …

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