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Title: The Olden Time Series, Vol. 4: Quaint and Curious Advertisements

Author: Henry M. Brooks

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16mo. Per vol., 50 cents.

There appears to be, from year to year, a growing popular taste for quaint and curious reminiscences of "Ye Olden Time," and to meet this, Mr. Henry M. Brooks has prepared a series of interesting handbooks. The materials have been gleaned chiefly from old newspapers of Boston and Salem, sources not easily accessible, and while not professing to be history, the volumes contain much material for history, so combined and presented as to be both amusing and instructive. The titles of some of the volumes indicate their scope and their promise of entertainment:—

Curiosities of the Old Lottery.
Days of the Spinning-Wheel.
Some Strange and Curious Punishments.
Quaint and Curious Advertisements.
Literary Curiosities.
New-England Sunday, etc.

"It has been the good fortune of the writer to be allowed a peep at the manuscript for this series, and he can assure the lovers of the historical and the quaint in literature that something both valuable and pleasant is in store for them. In the specialties treated of in these books Mr. Brooks has been for many years a careful collector and student, and it is gratifying to learn that the material is to be committed to book form."—Salem Gazette.

For sale by all Booksellers. Sent, post-paid, upon receipt of price. Catalogues of our books mailed free.

TICKNOR & CO., Boston.




Advertisements are sometimes very amusing. They give insights into the manners of the times no less interesting than authentic. Suppose the ancients had possessed a press, and that a volume of a Roman Post or Chronicle had been dug up at Herculaneum, with what curiosity should we not contemplate the millinery of the Roman ladies, or, "Wanted, a Gladiator to fight the last new lion;" or, "Next Ides of November will be published the new poem of Quintus Horatius Flaccus"!Leigh Hunt.




Quaint and Curious Advertiſements

"Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote."—Emerson



Copyright, 1886,
By Ticknor and Company.

All rights reserved.

University Press:
John Wilson and Son, Cambridge.

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Abraham, Nathaniel30Bowen, Mr.55, 68, 92
Adams, John73Bowes, Nicholas24
Allen, Jolley40Bowles, William Augustus104
Allen, Thomas27Boyer, Daniel31
Amberson, William105Bray, George11, 12
Amory, John & Thomas, & Co.126Brazer, Samuel98, 99
Amory, Jonathan & John29Brewer, Jonathan106
Andrews, William, jr.140Brewer, Thomas67
Appleton, John46Briggs, Enos70, 72, 73, 75
Aspinwalle, G. & T.91Brooks, Sarah61
Brown, Charles127
Bails, James137Brown, Mr.120
Baker, John21Brown, William82
Baker, Mr.8Buffum, James R.145
Ball, John12Bulfinch, Jeremiah136
Barclay, Andrew38Burnham, Nathan140
Barnard, Thomas, D.D.45, 48
Barnum, P.T.120Cabot, Francis48
Bartlett, Keziah136, 137Cabot, Joseph9, 10
Bartlett, W.P.59Caines, Thomas137
Bathrick, Samuel141Callender, Joseph35
Bell, Robert54Campbell, Elizabeth3
Belcher & Armstrong91Carleton, Osgood54, 55
Belknap, Jeremy, D.D.44Cato100
Bernard, Governor Francis14, 15Chapman, Moses119
Billings, Mary18, 19Chase & Speakman40
Blake, Increase11Chase, T.40
Blanchard & Hancock35Chase, Thomas17
Bois, John17Choate, Thomas140
Bolles, E.C., D.D.117Chesterfield, Lord23
Boutineau, Deacon3Clark, Dr.20

[Pg vi]
Clark, W. Gaylord7Franklin, William Temple116
Coffin, Ebenezer34Freeman, Philip28
Copley, John S.69Forrest, Edwin149
Courtney, Elizabeth8Foster, Hopestill97
Courtney, Mr.9Foster, Susannah27
Craigie, Andrew25Fowle, Daniel17
Crandel, Mr.121Fowle, J.50
Crombie, Mr.145
Crosby, John42Gardner, Samuel9, 10
Curwen, George R.117Gay, Martin44
Curwen, Samuel45Gray & Carter139
Cushing & Appleton78, 124Gray, Hon. William74, 138
Gibson, Deacon11
Dabney, Nathaniel48Gilbert, Mr.67
Daland, Benjamin112Gillespie, Andrew17
Dalgleish, Andrew48Glover, Jonathan50
Dana, Rev. Samuel50, 51Goldthwaite, Ezekiel6
Daniell, Jesse137Goodale, Nathan48
Davis, Caleb17Goodhue, William54
Davis, Israel127Green & Russell19
Derby, E.H.74Greenleaf, J.124, 125
Derby, Richard, jr.49Greenough, David S.52
Dodd, Rev. Dr. William23, 24Greenwood, Isaac107, 108
Dodge, John T., jr.142Greenwood, Isaac, jr.53
Don Vincent, Folch, St. Col.104Gridley, Richard70
Dorr, Harbottle44Griswold, Ezra83
Dow, Enoch89
Draper, Mr.97Hacket, Colonel73
Duncan, Robert32Hamilton, Alexander65
Dupee, Isaac25Hardy, Charles82
Hawthorne, Nathaniel112
Edes & Gill13, 17, 19, 33Hendry, Widow12
Elliot, Robert105Hepburn, Thomas57
Ellson, Mr.17Hewes, Daniel109
Emerson, Bulkeley17Hewes, Shubael20
Erving, Mr.63Hodgdon, Colonel91
Holden, Nathaniel J.117
Fairfield, William106Holker, John143
Felt, George W.88Holman, Samuel46
Flagg, Josiah, jr.58Holyoke, Dr. E.A.45, 48
Franklin, Benjamin115Hook, E. & G., & Hastings148
Franklin, Mr.121Hook, Elias148
Franklin, Samuel38Hopkins, Daniel, D.D.45

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Hunt, Thomas F.117Moore, Rosanna39
Hunt, William30, 100Morgan, Theodore119
Hutchinson, Governor Thomas46, 48, 49Morris, Robert102
Hudson & Goodwin80Morris, York102
Morse, Edward S.118
Irwin, John105Mylod, Samuel83
Ives, John M.125, 149
Nazro, Mr.149
Jackson, Mary & Son42Newell, Joseph136
Jenks, John72Newhall, J. & I.99
Johnston & Co., Nicholas104Northey, William46
Jones, Daniel36Nutting, John48
Jones, Thomas102
Jordis, Frederick61, 62Oliver, Andrew15
Oliver, Daniel77
Keith, John H.75, 76Osgood, Nathaniel101
King, Major131, 132Otis, Samuel Allyne45
Kingsbury, Ezekiel, jr.97
Kneeland, S.44Packard, Alpheus S.118
Knox, Henry24Paddock, Adino34
Paddock, Captain40
Lang, Mr.88Paff, Mr.92
Lang, William46Paget, Henry19
Leech, Asa86Palfrey, William31, 32
Leverett, Thomas24Palmer, Joseph & Co.35
Lewis, Thomas143Parker, Daniel26
Lindal, Timothy29Payson, Jonathan12, 13
Loring, John27Peale, Charles W.116
Lowell, Rev. Charles143Peck, Thomas Handasyd28
Lynde, Chief Justice Benjamin45Peck, William Augustus10
Lynde, Madam45Peters, Hugh81
Peters, John81
McAlpine, W.2Phillips, Deacon34
McDaniel, B.F.117Phillips, Margaret137
Mansfield, J. 3d.64Pickman, Benjamin45
Marshall, Captain31Pickman, C. Gayton48
Mason, James36Pickman, William48
Mason, Jonathan37Pinchbeck, Mr.86
Matthews, John L.103Pollard, A.123
Matthis, Edmond106, 107Pousland, T.D.142
Mein & Flemming42Preble, Captain75
Metcalf, Joseph85Prentice, John49, 50
Prince, Samuel130

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Procter, Martha83Stickney, M.A.117
Purcell, Mary3, 4Stone, John101
Putnam, Ebenezer48Street & Grose133
Putnam, Frederick W.118Sylvester, Richard41
Pynchon, William48Symmes, John32
Randall, Joseph23Talleyrand71
Randall, Susannah23Tannebill, A.105
Remond, C. Lenox151Thaxter, Samuel43
Remond, John129, 150, 151, 152, 153Thomas, Isaiah, jr.84, 85
Rengill, Emanuel104Tisdall, Thomas80, 81
Revere, Paul20, 77Todd, Sarah3, 4
Rice, Lemuel76Townley, John33
Richards, Giles & Co.43Trask, Jonathan97
Richardson, F.P.117Tromelle & Girard144
Robinson, J.79Tucker & Thayer65
Robinson, John117, 118Tucker, Mr.145
Rogers, James106Turner, John48
Ropes, Judge Nathaniel46Turner, Mr.18
Rose, Samuel21Tyler, Joseph98
Russell, Benjamin34, 35Tyler, Thomas25
Rust, John89
Urquhart, David91
Salisbury, Ambrose150
Sancho90Wallace, George105
Sargent, Ignatius91Waters, H.F.117
Sargent, Winthrop90, 91Watt, Captain38
Scott, Captain35Wheatland, Henry118
Silhouette, M.119Whipple, Henry103
Skillings, Captain32Whitaker, Nathaniel, D.D.45
Smith, Samuel15, 16Whitwell, William26
Sparhawk, N.48Wilkins, J. jr.105
Stetson, Prince138Williams, Jonathan36
Stevenson, John & Thomas29Williams, Mr.17
Stewart, Mr.121Williams, Thomas73
Woodbury, Josiah22

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Among the mass of advertisements that have appeared from time to time in newspapers are to be found some which are very quaint and curious. Such are not, in all cases, intended by the writers to be so; but they sound so, especially to those persons who have an ear for strange or humorous things. Sometimes, indeed, it is the intention of the writers to attract particular notice by the wording of the advertisement. Oftentimes the matter may have been dictated by illiterate persons. Frequently the nature of the subject is itself sufficient to excite our humorous feelings. But whatever may be the object of the advertiser,[Pg 2] these productions are often amusing and interesting enough to be reproduced for the benefit of those who cannot conveniently read the originals.

In 1767 "the Prince of the Power of the Air reigned with almost uncontrouled Restraint," according to a book published.

Persons of FASHION,
Concerning frequenting of
Plays, Balls, Assemblies, Card-Tables, &c.
In which is introduced the Character of
Printed & Sold by W. McAlpine, in Marlboro'-ſtreet.

*** A Pamphlet worthy the ſerious Attention of every Chriſtian, eſpecially at a Time when Vice and Immorality ſeems to have an Aſcendency over Religion, and the Prince of the Power of the Air reigns with almoſt an uncontrouled Reſtraint.

Boston Gazette, May 21, 1767.

In the year 1759 competition in trade had not reached the proportions that it has since[Pg 3] assumed, for the "ill-natured opposition" which two women met with according to the "Boston Gazette" of August 13, that year, was probably nothing more or less than the treatment of some competitor in the same line,—perhaps a man mean enough to undersell. Such things have frequently occurred in our day,—some mammoth establishment cutting prices purposely, to drive some poor woman out of business whose sole dependence is in a small shop selling cotton, pins, needles, etc., barely making a living at it. "Rule or ruin" is the motto of too many in these days; and such men are called "smart," and if they get rich are fairly worshipped for their enterprise.

Sarah Todd and Mary Purcell

Hereby inform the Publick that (notwithſtanding the ill-natur'd Oppoſition they have met with, though not from the Landlord, who has fulfill'd his Engagement to them) they have remov'd their Shop from oppoſite the Old-Brick Meeting-Houſe in Cornhill to the Houſe lately occupied by Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell, next Door to Deacon Boutineau's in Cornhill, Boſton, where they hope their Friends and others will favour them with their Cuſtom, and whom they engage to[Pg 4] ſupply with the following Articles at the loweſt Rate that any fair Trader can afford them for Caſh. VIZ.

India Taffities, Grograms, Persians, black and colour'd Sattins, Silk, Callamancoe, Tammie, and Horse Hair quilted Petticoats, a Variety of the newest fashion'd Prussian Cloaks and Hatts, with figur'd Silk and Trimming for ditto, 6-4 and yard-wide Muslin, Long Lawn, Cambrick, clear and flower'd Lawns, Cyprus, Gauze, Tandem Holland, Damask Table Cloths, India Ginghams, white Callico, Cap Lace, black Bone Lace, and Trolly ditto, white and colour'd Blond Lace, Stone sett in Silver Shoe Buckles, Sleeve Buttons, Stock Tape, Sattin Jockeys with Feathers for Boys, brocaded silk, black Sattin and Russel Shoes, black Sattin Bonnetts and Hatts, Pastboard Stomachers, Cotton, Thread and Worsted Mens and Womens Hose, a great Variety of Ribbons, Necklaces and Earings, black and white Silk Mitts, Kid and Lamb Gloves and Mitts, French ditto, Cotton, Cambrick and Scotch Threads, with a great Variety of Millenary Goods, too many to enumerate. ☞ The said Todd and Purcell having spare Room in said House, can accommodate young Ladies with Board and Lodging at a reasonable Rate.

In 1760 the town clerk of Boston issued a notice to the public in reference to persons forestalling the market by falsely representing to[Pg 5] farmers and others that the small-pox was prevalent in the town, which had so frightened the market-men that they were glad to sell outside the town and at lower prices than they otherwise would have done.

Boston, February 13, 1760.

Whereas ſundry evil minded Perſons in ſome of the neighbouring Towns, to diſcourage the Market-People coming into this Town with their Proviſions, and that they may have an Opportunity to purchaſe at low Rates, and ſell them here at an exorbitant Price, have induſtriously reported that the Small-Pox for ſome Time paſt has been in this Town, and now prevails here:

THESE are to Inform the Public, that for near two Years paſt, there has been only one Perſon taken down in this Town with the Small-Pox, which is upwards of a Month paſt, who upon diſcovery of it was immediately removed to the Hospital, and there died, and no other Perſon has had it, or any Symptoms of it ſince.—That Yeſterday there was a general Viſitation of the Town by the Juſtices of the Peace, Selectmen and Overſeers of the Poor, and upon their Report laſt Evening of the State and Circumſtances of the Inhabitants, I hereby Certify that there is not an Infectious Diſtemper of any Sort, known to be in Town.—And as the above falſe Reports have been Propagated[Pg 6] to the great Prejudice of this Town by thoſe who employ themſelves in Engroſſing Proviſions and Foreſtalling the Market, (many of whom are known to the Selectmen:) They are hereby particularly Notified, That unless they deſiſt from ſuch wicked and abuſive Practices, they will be proſecuted on the Act of the Province, for making and publiſhing ſuch Lyes and falſe Reports.——By Order of the Selectmen,

Ezekiel Goldthwait, Town Clerk.

Many Country-People have imagined by ſeeing Silks hanging on Poles, that the Small-Pox is in ſuch Houſes; but their Surmiſes are entirely groundleſs, they being hung out at the Silk Dyers for drying.

Boston Gazette.

In 1760 the Committee of Tradesmen advise voters to "put on Sabbath Day Clothes" and "wash their Hands and Faces" before going to town meeting the next day. They also speak of the "New and Grand Corcas," meaning probably caucus. This is from the "Boston Gazette," May 12.

The Committee of Tradeſmen hereby adviſe their Conſtituents and others to ſet apart a decent Portion of Time (at leaſt one Hour) previous to the Opening of the Town-Meeting To-Morrow to ſhift[Pg 7] themſelves and put on their Sabbath Day Clothes, alſo to waſh their Hands and Faces, that they may appear neat and cleanly; Inaſmuch as it hath been reported to ſaid Committee of Tradeſmen that Votes are to be GIVEN AWAY by the delicate Hands of the New and Grand Corcas; and they would have no Offence given to Turk or Jew, much leſs to Gentlemen who attend upon so charitable a deſign.—Nothing of the leaſt Significancy was tranſacted at a late Meeting of the ſaid new and grand Corcas to require any further Attention of ſaid Committee.

Boston Gazette, May 12, 1760.

Some one is "desired to refresh his memory" in 1767. Such mistakes remind us of Willis Gaylord Clark's account of an announcement he once heard at a revival meeting somewhere in New York State. The minister said: "I would adnounce to this codingregation [through his nose] that, prebably by mistake, there was left at this house of prayer this morning a small cotting umbrella, very much worn and of an exceedinglie pale blue color; in the place whereof was taken one that was new and of great beauty. I say, brethren and sisters, that it was prebably by mistake that of[Pg 8] these two articles the one was taken and the other left; but it was a very improper mistake, and should be discountenanced if possible. Blunders of this sort are getting to be a leetle too common."

Taken (as is ſuppoſed by Miſtake)

laſt Wedneſday from the Repreſentatives Chamber in Boſton, a long Camblet Cloak, lin'd with red Baize: Whoever has taken the ſame is deſired to refreſh his Memory, and return it to Mr. Baker, Keeper of the Court-Houſe.

Sept. 5, 1767.

By an advertisement in the "Boston Gazette," Oct. 19, 1767, we learn that the young ladies of Boston had an opportunity to learn to paint on "gauze and catgut," which we suppose at that time was considered "high art."

To the Young Ladies of Boston.

Elizabeth Courtney, as ſeveral Ladies has ſignified of having a deſire to learn that moſt ingenious art of Painting on Gauze & Catgut,[Pg 9] propoſes to open a School, and that her buſineſs may be a public good, deſigns to teach the making all ſorts of French Trimmings, Flowers, and Feather Muffs and Tippets. And as thoſe arts above mentioned (the Flowers excepted) are entirely unknown on the Continent, ſhe flatters herſelf to meet with all due encouragement; and more so, as every Lady may have a power of ſerving herſelf of what ſhe is now obliged to ſend to England for, as the whole proceſs is attended with little or no expence. The Conditions are Five Dollars at entrance, to be confin'd to no particular hours or time: And if they apply conſtant, may be compleat in ſix weeks. And when ſhe has fifty ſubſcribers, ſchool will be open'd, as not being deſigned to open a ſchool under that number, her propoſals being to each perſon ſo eaſy, but to return to thoſe who have ſubſcrib'd their money again, and keep the buſineſs to herſelf.

N.B. Feather Muffs and Tippets to be had; and Gauze waſh'd to look as well as new.

Pleaſe to inquire at Mr. Courtney's, Taylor, four Doors below the Mill-Bridge, North-End.

Sept 14, 1761, Samuel Gardner and Joseph Cabot of Salem offer a "snow" (two-masted vessel) for sale, that "goeth well."[Pg 10]

TO BE SOLD, by Samuel Gardner,

Francis and Joseph Cabot of Salem, on reaſonable Terms; a SNOW burthened about One hundred and ſeventy Tons, well built and fitted, goeth well; She has 10 Carriage and 6 Swivel Guns, belonging to her.

In June, 1762, "gentleman seamen" were offered a chance to ship. "Post-Boy."

Now bound on a CRUIZE of Six Months, Againſt his Majeſty's Enemies, The Brigantine Tartar, A prime Sailer, mounting Fourteen Six Pounders, Twenty Co-horns, and will carry One Hundred and Twenty Men, Commanded by William Auguſtus Peck.

All Gentlemen SEAMEN and able bodied LANDMEN, who have a Mind to make their Fortunes, and are inclined to take a Cruize in ſaid Veſſel, by applying to the KING's-HEAD Tavern at the North-End may view the Articles, which are more advantageous to the Ship's Company than ever were before offered in this Place.

Boſton, June 28, 1762.

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In 1762 the front part of a house is to be let near the "Orange-Tree" in Boston. The "Orange-Tree" was a tavern.

To be LETT, The front Part of the Houſe that Deacon Gibſon formerly liv'd in, a little below the Orange-Tree; for further Information, inquire of Mr. Increaſe Blake, living in the back Part of ſaid Houſe and know further.

In September, 1767, those persons who were indebted to Mr. George Bray and who did not wish to be waited upon by a "monitor"—otherwise a constable—were reminded of their duty in the following quaint notice from the "Boston Gazette:"—

IF thoſe who are indebted to Mr.

George Bray will pay what they owe him to me his Attorney on or before the 26th Day of next Month, they will ſave me the Trouble of ſending, and themſelves of paying a MONITOR, who will at leaſt remind them that in ancient Times People were deſired to "OWE NO MAN ANY THING, BUT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER": Which I believe is as obligatory, I am ſure as neceſſary, to be[Pg 12] obſerved now as it was then; eſpecially conſidering Mr. Bray's repeated Loſſes by Fire, his having a large Family to maintain, and alſo being a long Time out of Buſineſs.

Boſton, Sept. 26, 1767.                   JOHN BALL.

N.B. Beware of ſuing, for no further Warning
will be given.                                             J.B.

In 1767 Widow Hendry had "a very chargeable family," and had suffered by a recent fire in "Paddy's Alley."

This is to give notice that the

Widow Hendry, having had her Workſhop deſtroyed in the late Fire in Paddy's Alley, carries on the Farrier's Buſineſs on Scarlet's Wharf, at the North End, where ſhe hopes her Cuſtomers will continue their Favors to her, in her deplorable Circumſtances, having a very chargeable Family, and met with very heavy Loſſes by the ſaid Fire.

After the same fire Jonathan Payson missed a pair of "Brass Doggs" (andirons), etc.[Pg 13]

Sundry Things miſſing after the

late Fire, viz. One Pair of Braſs Doggs, caſt ſolid, very heavy and large; 22 yards of Hamburgh Sheeting; one Bell metal Skillet, and one Silver Spoon—The Perſons that took them in not knowing who they may belong to, I take this Method to inform them that they belong to the Subſcriber.

Jonathan Payson.

Lead sashes in use in 1767.


A Number of Windows, ſet in
Lead. Inquire of the Printers.

BOSTON, Printed by Edes and Gill, 1767.

In July, 1761, among the rough element, there seems to have been a "boom" in breaking windows and throwing stones. This state of things reached such a pitch that the Governor[Pg 14] was forced to issue a Proclamation offering a reward for the detection of the offenders.

By His Excellency

Francis Bernard, Eſq;

Captain-General and Governor in Chief, in and over His Majeſty's Province of the Maſſachuſetts Bay, in New-England, and Vice-Admiral of the ſame.


Whereas certain Persons, who remain hitherto undiscovered, have of late committed great Disorders in the Night-Time, within several Towns in this Province, and particularly have broke the Windows of some Meeting Houses, and of the Dwelling-Houses of several Persons, by flinging thereinto great Stones and Bricks, thereby indangering the Lives of the Inhabitants, as well as injuring their Houses, against the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, and in Contempt of his Laws:

I have therefore thought fit, with the Advice of His Majeſty's Council, to iſſue this Proclamation, requiring all Juſtices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Conſtables, and all other Officers whom it may concern, and alſo recommending it to all other His Majeſty's good Subjects within this Province, to uſe their utmoſt Endeavours for diſcovering and bringing to Juſtice all[Pg 15] Perſons concerned in ſuch diſorderly and riotous Practices.

And I do hereby promiſe, that whoſoever ſhall diſcover and detect all or any of the Perſons concerned therein, ſo that they or any of them may be lawfully convicted of any ſuch Offences, ſhall receive out of the Public Treaſury of this Province the Sum of TEN POUNDS Lawful Money, as a Reward to be paid upon the Conviction of ſuch Offender or Offenders.

GIVEN at the Council-Chamber in Boſton, the Seventh Day of July, 1761, in the First Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third, by the Grace of GOD, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith, &c.

Fr. Bernard.

By His Excellency's Command,
            A. Oliver, Secr.
                        GOD Save the KING.

In the "Boston Gazette," this same year, August 10, Samuel Smith objected to people reporting that he "was run away."

WHEREAS it has been falsely reported by some ill minded litigious Persons that I, the Subscriber, was run away, THIS is to inform[Pg 16] the Public, and especially those that it doth concern, That I have been no further than Philadelphia, a Trading, with a Design to return Home in about two Months, but return'd Home one Week sooner; and be it KNOWN notwithstanding all the false Reports about me, I am to be spoke with at my Dwelling-House at the North End, or upon 'Change, every Day in the Week.

Samuel Smith.

N.B. Said Smith has a House at the North End of the Town to Lett; also two Rooms in another House in said Part of the Town; he has likewise another House in said Part of the Town, which he would be willing to exchange for one further Southward.

Quaint advertisement of a paper-maker in the "Boston Gazette," Nov. 23, 1767.


The Manufacturers of PAPER at

Milton beg the Favor of the Public to furniſh them with what Linnen Rags they can ſpare, for which the greateſt poſſible Allowance will be given.—All Perſons diſpos'd in this Way to encourage ſo uſeful a Manufacture, are hereby acquainted that Linnen Rags and old Paper (to be kept ſeparate from each other) will be receiv'd at the following Places, viz.[Pg 17]

In Boſton, at Mr. Caleb Davis's Shop near the Fortification, Mr. Thomas Chaſe near Liberty-Tree, Mr. Andrew Gilleſpie, Tobacconiſt, in Fore-Street, Mr. John Bois's Houſe in Long-Lane, and at Edes & Gill's Printing-Office in Queen-Street.——At Mr. Ellſon's Maſter of the Workhouſe in Salem; at Mr. Williams's Maſter of the Workhouſe in Marblehead, to each of whom we have been already much oblig'd.——At Mr. Bulkeley Emerſon Stationer in Newbury-Port, and at Mr. Daniel Fowle's, Printer in Portsmouth.——If any Perſon will favor us in this Way, who live near Winniſimet-Ferry, or in Black Horſe Lane in Boſton, or in the Center of the Town of Charleſtown, they are deſir'd to ſend their Names to Edes and Gill's Printing-Office.——As large Quantities of Paper fortunately arriv'd from Europe before the Duties could be demanded, it is hoped before that can be consum'd, there will be ſufficient of this Country Manufacture for future Uſe.

The Printers of this Paper beg Leave to Advertise their Customers, that they have lately purchas'd a new Set of Types, at a very great Expence, which will be improved for the Entertainment and Instruction of the Public. They only desire that those Gentlemen who are in Arrears for more than a Twelvemonth, wou'd be kind enough for their Encouragement to pay off their respective Balances, as soon as may be, in Cash, or[Pg 18] good clean Linnen Rags, the latter of which they prefer.

*** Choice WRITING PAPER, manufactured at Milton, to be Sold by the Printers hereof.

As Mr. Turner, the dancing-master, had "suffered much by booking," we infer that some people had "danced without paying the fiddler."



Mr. Turner informs the Ladies

and Gentlemen in town and country, that he has reduced his price for teaching, from Six Dollars entrance to One Guinea, and from Four Dollars per month to Three. Thoſe Ladies and Gentlemen who propoſe ſending their children to be taught, will notice, that no books will be kept, as Mr. T. has ſuffered much by booking. The pupils muſt pay monthly, if they are deſirous the School ſhould continue.

Boſton, March 29, 1788.

Mary Billings, opposite the Governor's, sold lottery tickets in 1761. (December 7.)[Pg 19]


Which will certainly commence Drawing on the 22d of this Month, may be had of the Managers in Sudbury or of Edes and Gill and Green and Ruſſell, Printers in Queen-Street Boſton.



To be Sold by Mary Billings, oppoſite the Governor's—Cardinal Silks and Trimmings, with many other Articles, cheap for Caſh.

From "Boston Gazette," Sept. 8, 1760:

To be Sold by Henry Paget, of Providence, a Tract of Land, partly improved, lying in Weyer River Pariſh, being the North Part of ſaid Pariſh, and joins to Greenwich and Hardwick, containing about 2400 Acres—laid out in 100 Acre Lotts; to be Sold together, or in Lots. Said Land will be Sold reaſonable for prompt Pay; or if the Purchaſer can't pay the whole, good Security will be taken.

N.B. There's a ſettled Miniſter in ſaid Pariſh much approved of.

[Pg 20]

Sporting in Boston, in 1790. From the "Massachusetts Centinel," May 1.

Whereas great danger daily arises to the Inhabitants, from the frequency of perſons gunning or ſhooting birds, at various parts of the town, in direct violation of the law; the Selectmen would now acquaint the inhabitants, that they have appointed Mr. SHUBAEL HEWES to take notice of all ſuch perſons, who may be found ſhooting within the limits of the town in future, and proſecute them, without exception, to the utmoſt extent of the law.


In the "Boston Gazette," Dec. 19, 1768, appears the following curious advertisement:

Whereas many Perſons are ſo

unfortunate as to loſe their Fore-Teeth by Accident, and otherways, to their great Detriment, not only in Looks, but ſpeaking both in Public and Private:—This is to inform all ſuch, that they may have them re-placed with artificial Ones, that looks as well as the Natural, & anſwers the End of Speaking to all Intents, by PAUL REVERE, Goldſmith, near the Head of Dr. Clarke's Wharf, Boſton[Pg 21].

*** All Perſons who have had falſe Teeth fixt by Mr. John Baker, Surgeon-Dentiſt, and they have got looſe (as they will in Time) may have them faſtened by the above, who learnt the Method of fixing them from Mr. Baker.

Escape of a negro man slave who "can play on a Fiddle, and loves strong Drink."


Ran-away from his Maſter the 25th Day of November laſt, at North-Kingſton, in the Colony of Rhode-Iſland, a well-ſet Negro Man Slave, named Iſaac, about 5 Feet 6 or 7 Inches high, with a Scar on his Forehead, between 30 and 40 Years old, thick Beard, can play on a Fiddle, and loves ſtrong Drink; had on and carried with him a lightiſh-colour'd Thick-ſet Coat, a blue Ratteen Jacket with Cuffs to the Sleeves, a blue Broad Cloth Jacket without Sleeves, Flannel Shirt, ſtript Flannel Trowſers, grey yarn Stockings, and ſingle Channel Pumps. Whoever will ſecure ſaid Slave in any of his Majeſty's Goals, or deliver him to the Subſcriber, his Maſter, ſhall have FIVE DOLLARS Reward, and neceſſary Charges paid.


Maſters of Veſſels, and others, are hereby forbid carrying off or ſecuring ſaid Slave, as they would avoid the Penalty of the Law.

December 5, 1768.

Boston Gazette.

The town of Beverly has always been noted for beans, and it will be seen that as early as 1771 Josiah Woodbury offered two bushels as a reward to any person who would keep his "House Plague," who had run away from him. The question naturally arises, Was "Old Moll" Mr. Woodbury's wife?

Beverly, Sept. 16, 1771.

Ran-away from Josiah Woodbury, Cooper, his Houſe Plague for 7 long Years, Maſury Old Moll, alias Trial of Vengeance. He that loſt will never ſeek her; he that ſhall keep her, I will give two Buſhel of Beans. I forewarn all Perſons in Town or Country from truſting ſaid Trial of Vengeance. I have hove all the old Shoes I can find for Joy; and all my Neighbours rejoice with me. A good Riddance of bad Ware. Amen.

Joſiah Woodbury.

Essex Gazette, Sept. 17, 1771.

[Pg 23]

A woman advertises and describes a run-away husband.


Copied from a late Hartford Paper.

Ran away from the ſubſcriber, on the 13th of May, one Joseph Randall, a tall, trim-built fellow: Had on, when he went away, a blue coat, velvet waiſtcoat and breeches, mixt coloured ſtockings, and wore away two felt hats; he rode away a black horſe, and led a ſorrel horse; he is ſuppoſed to be lurking in the ſouth part of Scantick after a ſtrumpet that he has ſpent the moſt of his time with for three years paſt. Whoever will take up ſaid Randall, and return him to me, ſhall have 3 coppers reward; but whoever will take the trouble to keep him away ſhall have ten dollars reward, and all neceſſary charges paid by me.

Susannah Randall.

N.B. All perſons are forbid harbouring him, for I am determined to maintain him no longer.

Salem Mercury, July 1, 1785.

In the "Massachusetts Gazette," Feb. 3, 1774, is advertised a book by the notorious Dr. Dodd, who was executed for the forgery of Lord Chesterfield's name. This[Pg 24] book is said to be "extremely proper to be given at Funerals."

A Book which upon peruſal

recommends itſelf, and which it is only neceſſary to read to approve; extremely proper to be given at Funerals or any other ſolemn Occaſion: being written expreſsly with that intention.

(Price 2ſ. Lawful Money ſingle and 1/8. the doz.)
By Thomas Leverett, Nicholas Bowes
and Henry Knox in Cornhill,

Prebendary of Brecon and Chaplain in Ordinary
to His Majesty.
It is appointed once for men to die, but
after this the Judgment
, Heb. ix. 27.


A deſire of extending the very laudable Practice of giving Books at Funerals, and the great propriety of the preſent Work for that Purpoſe, have induced the[Pg 25] Editors to put this valuable Performance one Third cheaper than the London Edition, although it is by no Means Inferior in point of Elegance.

Some of the business localities of Boston in the last century were known by names which now strike us as very queer or quaint. We select a number of advertisements from the "Gazette," "Post-Boy," and "Chronicle."

Dec. 10, 1759.

Imported in the laſt Ships from LONDON.

By Andrew Craigie,

And to be Sold at his Shop, right againſt the Old South Meeting-Houſe: by Wholeſale & Retail,

Engliſh Goods, ſuitable for the Seaſon, too many to be enumerated, At the loweſt Rate, for Caſh, or ſhort Credit.

Feb. 23, 1761.

Iſaac Dupee, Carver,

Advertises his Cuſtomers and others that ſince the late Fire (on Dock Square) he has opened a Shop the North Side of the Swing-Bridge, oppoſite to Thomas Tyler's, Eſq.; where Buſineſs will be carried on as uſual with Fidelity and Diſpatch.[Pg 26]

Imported in the Neptune, Capt. Binney, and to be Sold by

Daniel Parker, Goldſmith,

At his Shop near the Golden-Ball, Boſton.

An Assortment of Articles in the Goldsmith's and Jeweller's Way, viz. brilliant and cypher'd Button and Earing Stones of all Sorts, Locket Stones, cypher'd Ring Stones, Brilliant Ring Sparks, Buckle Stones, Garnetts, Emethysts, Topaz and Saphire Ring Stones, neat Stone Rings sett in Gold, some with Diamond Sparks, Stone Buttons in Silver, by the Card, black ditto in Silver, best Sword Blades, Shoe and Knee Chapes of all Sizes, Files of all Sorts, freezing Punches, Turkey Oyl Stones, red and white Foyl, moulding Sand, Borax, Saltpetre, Crucibles and Black Led Potts, Money Scales, large ditto to weigh Silver, Piles of Ounce Weights, Penny Weights & Grains, Coral Beeds, Stick ditto for Whistles, Forgeing Anvils, Spoon Teats, plain ditto, small raizing Anvils for Cream Potts, fine Lancashire Watch Plyers, Shears and Nippers, Birmingham ditto, with sundry other Articles, cheap for Cash.

Choice Muscovado best Powder and brown Sugars, by the Hogshead or Barrel, to be Sold by WILLIAM WHITWELL, at the Seven Stars near the Draw-Bridge, Boston. Also choice new Raisins by the Cask, Philadelphia Flour and Bar[Pg 27] Iron per Quantity, Coffee by the Barrel or Hundred, Bohea Tea, &c., cheap for Cash or short Credit.

Sept. 8, 1760.

John Loring,

At his Shop near The Great Trees.

A Freſh and General Aſſortment of Medecines both Chemical and Galenical—Spices of all Sorts—Likewise Redwood, Logwood, Allum, Copperas, Brimſtone, &c.——N.B. True Lockyer's Pills, Bateman's Drops, Stoughton's and Duffy's Elixer, &c. &c.

Suſannah Foſter

Hereby informs her Cuſtomers, That ſhe has removed from Queen Street to Fore-Street, next Door to the Sign of the Croſs, where they may be ſupplied as uſual with all Kinds of Groceries at the cheapeſt Rates.

Feb. 23, 1761.

Imported in the laſt Ship from London, and to be Sold

By Thomas Allen.

Near Bromfield's Lane, BOSTON.

Cardinal Silks and Trimmings, Pruſſian Cloaks, Muffs and Tippets, Callimanco and Tammy quilted Coats, Iriſh Linens, Mens & Womens cotton,[Pg 28] thread and worſted Hoſe; a neat Aſſortment of Millenary Goods, &c. cheap for Caſh.—

ALSO a great Variety of Paper Hangings.

Imported in Captains Hulme and Binney from London,

By Thomas Handaſyd Peck,

And Sold by him at the Hatt & Beaver, Merchant's Row.

A Fresh Assortment of Linnen Linings, suitable for Beaver, Beaverett, Castor and Felt Hatts, Tabby ditto, Mohair Lupings, Silk Braid ditto, flatt and round Silk Lace and Frogs for Button Lupes, plain and sash Bands, workt & plain Buttons, black Thread, Gold and Silver Chain, yellow and white Buttons, hard and light Brushes, Velures, Cards, large and small Bowstrings, Looping Needles, Verdigrees and Coperas, a good Assortment of Mens and Boys Felt Hatts, Castor ditto.——He likewise sells Logwood.

Miſſing ſince the late Fire, when the Market-Houſe was burnt, a large Folio of Mr. Clarkſon's Works, and twenty yards of Gold and Silver Chain. If any Perſon has the Book or Chain, they are deſir'd to inform ſaid Peck.

May 11, 1761.

A few Firkins of Choice Butter,

to be Sold by PHILIP FREEMAN, at the Blue Glove, facing the Sign of the Cornfields.

[Pg 29]

May 11, 1761.

Jonathan & John Amory

In King-Street, juſt below the Town-Houſe in Boſton, and at Salem, in the Houſe where the Honourable Timothy Lindal, Eſq; deceas'd, lately dwelt, near the Friends Meeting Houſe, Have lately open'd a very large Aſſortment of Engliſh Goods, of almoſt every Kind, for Men's and Women's wear, conſiſting of too many Articles to be compriz'd in an Advertiſement, which they will ſell at either Place, by Wholeſale or Retail, at very low Prices for Caſh or Treaſurer's Notes, and allow the Intereſt thereon.

May 11, 1761.

Imported by

John and Thomas Stevenſon,

And to be Sold at their Shop, at the Sign of the Stays, oppoſite the South Side of the Town-Houſe, Boſton, at the very loweſt Prices, Viz.

Lawns of all Sorts, ſtrip'd

and flower'd kenting Handkerchiefs; cotton and linnen ditto; ſilk and gauſe ditto; Cambricks, Calicoes and printed Linnens—white and colour'd Threads;—ſilk, worſted, cotton and thread Stockings—Women's ſilk and worſted Mitts—Broad-Cloths; German Serges—Thickſets; Fuſtians; Jeans; Pillows and Dimities—Broglios; Dorſateens; Venetian Poplins; flower'd and[Pg 30] plain Damaſks; Pruſſianets; Serpentines; Tammies; ſtrip'd Stuffs; Camblets; Callimancoes; Shalloons and Buckrams,—worſted Caps; Garters; Needles and Pins—white, brown and ſtriped Hollands—white and check'd Linnen; Diaper; Bed-Ticks; Tartans; Plaids; Breeches and Jacket Stocking Patterns; cotton & ſilk and cotton Gowns—Stock Tapes—Leather Breeches; Men's and Women's Leather Shoes, &c. &c.

N.B. Kippen's and Tilloch's Snuff; Scotch Barley and Carpeting and Porter by the Dozen; With a great Number of other Articles.

Jan. 9, 1764.

A Few Hogſheads of choice

Barbadoes RUM to be ſold: Inquire Nathaniel Abraham, at the Golden Key.


And enter'd upon the 25th of March, in good
tenable Repair.

The Five Grist-Mills at the North Part of the Town of Boston, with Stabling for Horſes, Stores for Grain, &c. Any Perſon inclining to Hire, may apply to William Hunt, in Hanover-Street, whom the Proprietors hath empowered to Let the ſame.

Feb. 23, 1767.

[Pg 31]

May 4, 1767.

Juſt Imported from London, and to be Sold by
Daniel Boyer, Jeweller,
At his Shop oppoſite the Governor's in Boston,

Beſt Brilliant and  *  Binding Wire
Cypher Earing & Button  *  Braſs and Iron ditto
Stones  *  Braſs ſtamps
Brilliant & cypher ring  *  Buckle & ring bruſhes
ſtones  *  Money ſcales & weights
Garnets, amethyſts, and  *  Small ſheers & plyers
topaz  *  Screw dividers
Ring and buckle ſparks  *  Blow pipes
Locket ſtones & cyphers  *  Draw plates
Ruby and white foyle  *  Moulding ſand
Coral beeds  *  Crucibles & black pots
Coral for whiſtles  *  Borax & Salt-Petre
Shoe and knee chapes  *  Pommice and Rottenſtone,
Rough and ſmooth files  *  &c.

Where alſo may be had, moſt ſorts of Jewellers
and Goldſmith Work, cheap for Caſh.

William Palfrey

Hereby informs his Cuſtomers and others, That he has juſt opened a freſh Aſſortment of Goods ſuitable for the Seaſon, which were imported in the Ship Boston-Packet, Capt. Marſhall.[Pg 32]

ALSO, A Variety of Stone, China and Glaſs Ware, which will be ſold very low at his Shop next Door North of the Heart and Crown in Cornhill, Boston.

Imported in Captain Skillings from London, and to
be Sold

By John Symmes, Goldſmith,

Near the Golden Ball, Boston, viz.

Best Shoe and Knee Buckles Fluke and Tongs, ruff and ſmooth Files, Bone Buckle Bruſhes, Freezing Punches, Binding Wire, Steel Top Thimbles, Cypher and Brilliant Button Stones, Cypher and Brilliant Ring Stones, Ring Sparks, Motto Ring Stones, Amethyſts, Garnetts, Brilliant and Cypher Earing Stones, Amethyſts Foyle, red & white do. Stone Boſom Buckles, Cruſables, and Black Lead Melting Pots, &c. all cheap for Caſh.

November, 1767.

Robert Duncan

Begs Leave to inform his Cuſtomers and Others, That he has removed from the Store on the Town Dock to the Shop lately improved by Mr. William Palfrey, next Door Northward of the Sign of the HEART and CROWN in Cornhill.

[Pg 33]

A Houſe to Lett in Hawkins's-Street, near the Sign of the Parrot. Inquire of Edes and Gill.

No. 1. A Houſe at the North-End of the Town, the Corner of Winniſimett Ferry.

No. 4. One large double Houſe at New-Boſton, near the Sign of the Ship. Boſton, 21ſt Nov. 1767.

Aug. 13, 1759.

Imported in the laſt Ships from London, and to be Sold

By John Townley,

At the Sign of the Wheat Sheaff, the Corner of Wing's Lane, very cheap for Caſh;

Broad cloths, Yorkſhire plains, cotton velvets and cut-velvet ſhapes, thickſetts, fuſtians, white jeans, figured and corded dimothys, ſilk and cotton gowns, ſtript linnens, Mancheſter checks, ruffells, calimancoes, tammys, durants, yard wide & pruſſian poplins, cross-bar'd ſtuffs, rich brunets, broglios, ſtript & plain camblets & cambleteens, laſtings of all colours, bombazine, a fine aſſortment of Iriſh linnens, Engliſh oznabrigs.

[Pg 34]

Imported in the laſt Ships from LONDON, by

Ebenezer Coffin,

And to be Sold at the Crown and Bee-Hive, oppoſite Deacon Phillips's in Cornhill, Boſton, very cheap for ready Caſh, or on ſhort Credit,

A Large aſſortment of beſt london, hard-metal and common pewter diſhes, plates, baſons, porringers, quart-pots, tankards, ſoup-kettles, communion flaggons and cups, chriſtening baſons, tea-pots and ſpoons, bed and cloſe ſtool pans, meaſures, &c.

Aug. 27, 1759.

Adino Paddock Chaiſe-Maker,

near the Granary, has ſix ſecond-hand Chaiſes to ſell; and as they take up much Storage, he will ſell them under their Value.

Aug. 22, 1763.

Benjamin Ruſſell

Informs his Cuſtomers and others, that he Undertakes PAPERING ROOMS and Stair-Caſes in the beſt Manner, at a reaſonable Rate.—Any Gentleman that has a mind to Employ him in the neighbouring Towns, may be ſerv'd by[Pg 35] him (paying his Travelling Charges) at the ſame Rate as thoſe in Boston.—Said Ruſſell has a number of Window SASHES 10 by 8, 24 Lights in a Window, to Sell reaſonably for Caſh,—they are made of the beſt of Pine.

☞ Said Ruſſell lives the North-ſide of Bacon-Hill in Boston, oppoſite to Mr. Joſeph Callender's, Baker.

Jan. 12, 1767.


Joſeph Palmer & Co.,

At their Store on Minot's T,

Spermaceti Candles, warranted Pure—Spermaceti in Cakes—Strain'd Spermaceti Oyl, by the Quantity or Caſk—Philadelphia Flour—Engliſh Duck, Cordage, &c.

A few Firkins of choice good Iriſh

BUTTER, to be Sold by BLANCHARD & HANCOCK, oppoſite the Conduit.——Likewiſe a large and good aſſortment of Ironmongery, Cutlery and Pewter Wares, juſt imported in the Lydia, Captain Scott, from London—Alſo, Philadelphia and Ruſſia Barr Iron, &c. all at the very loweſt Rates for Caſh.

[Pg 36]

June 14, 1762.

Good cyder to be Sold by

the Barrel, or otherwiſe, at the Black Boy & But, by JONATHAN WILLIAMS.

Daniel Jones,

At the HAT and HELMIT, South-End, Boston,

Makes Beaver and Beaveret

HATS; has alſo Engliſh Beaveret & Caſtor, Engliſh and French Felt Hats, Hat Trimmings; an Aſſortment of Engliſh GOODS ſuitable for all Seaſons of the Year; a few Boxes of Looking-Glaſſes; which he will ſell by Wholeſale or Retail at a moderate Rate for Caſh, Treaſurer's Notes, or ſhort Credit.

N.B. Said Jones deſires thoſe Perſons who have far exceeded their Contracts either on Book or Notes of Hand, to be very ſpeedy in ſettling the ſame, or they will oblige him to the disagreeable Neceſſity of putting them to Trouble.

All Perſons that are indebted

to the Eſtate of James Maſon, late of Boston, Merchant, Deceas'd, are deſired to Pay the ſame[Pg 37] without Delay to Jonathan Maſon, Executor to his Will;—and thoſe who have any Demands on ſaid Eſtate, are deſired to bring in their Accompts to ſaid Executor, who has to Sell at his Houſe next Door to the Sign of the Three Kings in Cornhill, the following GOODS belonging to the Eſtate of the Deceaſed, which will be Sold at the firſt Coſt and Charges, Viz.

Broad Cloths, German Serges,

Bearſkins, Beaver Coating, Half-Thick, red Shagg, Bayes, 8 qr. and 9 qr. Blankets, Shalloons, Tammies, Durants, Calimancoes, worſted Damaſks, ſtrip'd and plain Camblets, ſtrip'd Swanſkins, Flannell, Mancheſter Velvet, Womens ditto, Bombazeen, Allopeen, colour'd Ruffells, Hungarians, Dimothy, Crimſon and green China, 7-8th, yard wide and 6 qr. cotton Check, worſted and Hair Pluſh, Men's and Women's Hoſe, worſted Caps, mill'd ditto, black Tiffany, Women's and Children's Stays, cotton Romalls, printed Linnen Handkerchiefs, black Gauze ditto, Bandanoes, Silk Lungee Romalls, Cambricks, Lawns, Muſlins, Callicoes, Chints, Buckrams, Gulick Iriſh and Tandem Holland, Mens and Womens Kid and Lamb Gloves, black and white Bone Lace, Capuchin Silk, and Fringe, Gartering, Silk and Cotton Laces, ſtript Gingham, yellow Canvas, Diaper, Damaſk Table Cloths and Napkins, Bedtick, 7-8th Garlix, Soletare Necklaces and Earings, Tapes, Womens[Pg 38] Ruſſel Shoes, ſewing Silk, Nutmegs, Pepper, Looking Glaſſes, Ticklinburg, Engliſh and Ruſſia Duck, Allum, Copperas and Brimſtone, German Steel, Bar Lead, Engliſh and India Taffety, Grograms, Engliſh and India Damaſks, Paduſoys, Luteſtrings, black and white Sattin, rich Brocade, Gauze Caps, and Ruffles, Shades and handſome Silk Cloaks, &.c. &c. &c.

Aug. 22, 1763.

Andrew Barclay,

At his Houſe oppoſite the Golden Cock in Marlborough-Street, Boston, Binds Books of all kinds, Gilt and Plain, in the neateſt and beſt Manner. Gentlemen in Town or Country may depend upon having their Work done with Fidelity and Diſpatch.

1768. Nov. 21.——Nov. 28.

Just imported in the Ship Thames, Captain Watt, from London, by

Samuel Franklin,

At the Sign of the Crown and Razor, South-End, Boſton:

Best Razors, Pen-knives, ſciſſars,

ſhears, ſhoe-knives, ſhoe tacks and ſtampt awl blades, teeth inſtruments, lancets, white and yellow[Pg 39] ſwords, and ſword belts; caſe-knives and forks; ink powder and ſealing-wax, files and rasps; horſe ſleams; hones and curling tongs; braſs ink-pots, horn and ivory combs; white, yellow and ſteel ſhoe and knee buckles; gilt, lackered and plated coat and breaſt buttons, ſnuff boxes, and a few ſecond hand hats, &c. all very cheap.

N.B. Razors, penknives and ſciſſars ground, ſcabbards made for ſwords and bayonets, caſeknife and fork blades made at ſaid Shop.

Boston Chronicle.

1769. June 1.——June 5.

By wholeſale and retail, at her WINE CELLAR
near LIBERTY TREE, Boſton, viz.

Old Sterling Madeira, Lisbon,

Teneriff, Claret, Port, Canary, Malaga, Tent, ſweet and other WINES, all in their original purity, and as cheap as any in town.

Boston Chronicle, June 1, 1769.

[Pg 40]

Just imported from LONDON, by

Jolley Allen,

At his Shop about Midway between the Governor's and the Town-Houſe, and almoſt Oppoſite the Heart and Crown in Cornhill,


A very large Aſſortment of Engliſh and India GOODS, fit for all Seaſons, too many to be enumerated ſeparately in an Advertiſement.——

Boston Gazette, Feb. 20, 1767.

Chaſe & Speakman is mutually

diſſolved, this is to deſire all perſons who are indebted to them to make ſpeedy payment, and likewiſe all thoſe who have any demands on ſaid company, to call and receive their reſpective dues of T. Chase, at the venerable LIBERTY-ELM.

Boston Chronicle, May 22, 1769


This morning arrived here Captain Paddock, in a ſchooner from London, after a long paſſage.

***The BOSTONIAN came too late for this day's Paper.

[Pg 41]


From the ſide of the houſe, belonging to Richard Silveſter, now the Sign of the


Newbury ſtreet, Boſton, about half an hour paſt one o'clock in the morning of the 24th ult.

A Black and White Horſe, with

a Bridle, without a Saddle.——The Perſons concerned in this Frolick, who were ſeen and known, are deſired to replace the ſaid Horse, in the manner and form they found him. And it is hoped, as he is a young creature, they will not corrupt his morals, by teaching him any of their bad tricks, but return him ſoon, as the owner will not allow any thing for his keeping.

N.B. If he ſhould bite or kick any that have him in poſſeſſion; his former maſter now declares, he will not be anſwerable for the damages.——He was not imported from England, but manufactured in this land of liberty.

Query. Whether the perſons who knocked at ſaid Silvester's door, paſt three o'clock the ſame morning, in their return home, and cried Thieves, were not accomplices in this glorious exploit.

Boston Chronicle, March 1, 1770.

[Pg 42]

By Mary Jackſon & Son,
At the Brazen-Head
in Cornhill,
A few Firkins of good Butter, at

4s. 6d. per Pound; alſo choice Connecticut Pork, Hogs Fat, and Cheeſe.

N.B. All Kind of Braziers, Cutlers, Pewterers and Ironmongery Goods, Wholeſale and Retail.

July 13, 1761.


A Diſcreet elderly WOMAN that can be well recommended, who underſtands dreſſing victuals, and the œconomy of a large family where there are no children.—Such a perſon will meet with good encouragement, by applying to Mein and Fleeming.

Boston Chronicle, Dec. 19, 1768.

To be SOLD by

LEMMON-TRADER, at the Sign of the Baſket of LEMMONS, at the South-End, Choice good and freſh LISBON LEMMONS, equal to any in Town for goodneſs, and as large in general as Lemmons commonly are, at Four Pounds O.T. per Hundred, and Ten Shillings per ſingle Dozen.

Dec. 19, 1768.

[Pg 43]


A Handſome ſquare SHOP, in Marſhall's-Lane, near Boſton-ſtone, ſuitable either for a Grocery, Weſt-India or Dry-Goods Shop—it will alſo accommodate any perſon in the Mechanical Line. Inquire of the Printer, or of GILES RICHARDS and Co. near the Mill-Bridge.

March 12, 1791.

Picture of a Boston mariner in 1799.

By Samuel Thaxter,
Instrument Maker,
No. 49 State-Street,

1 beſt braſs Sextant, lateſt improvement; Hadley's Quadrants, Davis' do. Braſs Azimuth Amplitude and Steering Compas; Braſs Surveying Compas, Wood, do. Spy Glaſſes; Sea Books, and Charts; Scales and Dividers; Surveying Chains, &c.

n.b. Quadrants and Compaſſes carefully repaired;—where Gentlemen may depend on reaſonableneſs and punctuality.

March 30.

[Pg 44]


A Small HOUSE-LOT, in Siſters-lane, very near the Rev. Dr. Belknap's Meeting-houſe. Inquire of the Printer.

March 30. 1799.

Juſt Imported, and to be Sold by
Harbottle Dorr,

At his Shop (adjoining to the Houſe of Mr. Martin Gay) almoſt oppoſite to the Cornfields in Union-Street, Boſton,

A Fine Aſſortment of Braziery, Ironmongery, and Cutlery Ware, by Wholeſale or Retail, cheap for Caſh.

Boston Gazette, July 13, 1767.

A sermon suitable to distribute among tenants and servants:—

(And Sold by S. Kneeland, in Queen-Street;)
The CARE of the SOUL,

urged as the One Thing Needful. A SERMON firſt preached at the Funeral of a young Perſon, and afterwards before ſome worthy and excellent Perſons, who deſired ſome printed Copies of it, to diſperſe among their Tenants and Servants.

Boston Gazette, Nov. 2, 1761.

[Pg 45]

Goods exchanged for New England rum.

Barbados Rum,Ruſſia Duck
and Sugars by the Hogſhead or Barrel,Pitch, Tar, and
Bohea Tea,Cordage.
Cotton Wool by the Bag,Long & ſhort Pipes.
New Flour,Sole Leather.
Indigo.Engliſh Steel.
☞ Dumb FISH.With,

A General Aſſortment of Engliſh Goods and Hard Ware.

Many of the above Articles will be Exchang'd for New England Rum,

By Samuel Allyne Otis,

At Store No. 5, South-Side of the Town-Dock.

Boston Gazette, Sept. 22, 1767.

Wigs advertised in Salem, suitable to "grace and become Judges, Divines, Lawyers, or Physicians," and "Rolls to raise the Heads" of ladies "to any Pitch they desire." This shop was probably patronized by Judge and Madam Lynde, Colonel Pickman, Dr. Holyoke, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Hopkins, Dr. Whitaker, Samuel[Pg 46] Curwen, Judge Ropes, John Appleton, Deacon Holman, Friend Northey, and others.

William Lang,

Wig-Maker and Hair-Dreſſer,

Hereby informs the Public, that he has hired a Perſon from EUROPE, by whoſe Aſſiſtance he is now enabled, in the ſeveral Branches of his Buſineſs, to ſerve his good Cuſtomers, and all others, in the moſt genteel and polite Taſtes that are at preſent in Faſhion in England and America.——In particular, WIGS made in any Mode whatever, ſuch as may grace and become the moſt important Heads, whether thoſe of Judges, Divines, Lawyers or Phyſicians; together with all thoſe of an inferior Kind, ſo as exactly to ſuit their reſpective Occupations and Inclinations.——HAIR-DRESSING, for Ladies and Gentlemen, performed in the moſt elegant and neweſt Taſte.——Ladies, in a particular Manner, ſhall be attended to, in the nice, eaſy, genteel and polite Conſtruction of ROLLS, ſuch as may tend to raiſe their Heads to any Pitch they deſire,——alſo French Curls, made in the neateſt Manner. He gives Caſh for Hair.

Essex Gazette, Feb. 9, 1773.

On the departure of Governor Hutchinson from the Province of Massachusetts in 1774,[Pg 47] a hundred and twenty-three citizens of Boston, together with sundry citizens of Salem, Marblehead, and other places, signed a complimentary address to him, "lamenting the loss of so good a Governor," and praising him for his character and conduct. Most of these persons belonged to the better classes; but their action was judged to be, to say the least, hasty. Shortly after this, these "addressors" were "hauled over the coals" by the patriots and forced to retract. The following cards from some of these gentlemen we take from the "Essex Gazette," a newspaper circulating in Salem and Cambridge. From the known character and standing of many of these persons, it is believed that they were glad of an opportunity of thus expressing their patriotism. The first blood of the Revolution had not been shed when they signed this address to the Governor, who they had hoped would be able to influence the British ministry so that war could be averted. But after the battles of Lexington and Concord there was no longer any hope of a reconciliation, and the "Committee of Safety," naturally wishing to[Pg 48] be sure as to who were friends and who were enemies, took this method of ascertaining the fact and thereby satisfying the community.

Salem, May 30, 1775.

Whereas we the Subſcribers did ſome time ſince ſign an Addreſs to Governor Hutchinſon, which, though prompted to by the beſt Intentions, has nevertheleſs given great Offence to our Country; We do now declare that we were ſo far from deſigning by that Action to ſhow our Acquieſcence in thoſe Acts of Parliament so univerſally and juſtly odious to all America, that on the contrary we hoped we might in that Way contribute to their Repeal, though now to our ſorrow we find ourſelves miſtaken.—And we do now further declare that we never intended the Offenſe which this Addreſs has occaſioned, that if we had foreſeen ſuch an Event, we ſhould never have ſigned it; as it always has been and now is our Wiſh to live in Harmony with our Neighbors, and our ſerious Determination to promote to the utmoſt of our Power, the Liberty, the Welfare and Happineſs of our Country, which is inſeparably connected with our own.

John Nutting,Andrew Dalgleish,
N. Goodale,Thomas Barnard,
E.A. Holyoke,Nath. Dabney,
Wm. Pynchon,William Pickman,
Eben'r Putnam,C. Gayton Pickman,
Francis Cabot,John Turner,
N. Sparhawk.

[Pg 49]

In Committee of Safety, Salem, 30th May, 1775.

The Declaration of which the above is a copy, being preſented and read, it was voted unanimouſly that the ſame was ſatisfactory, and that the ſaid Gentlemen ought to be received and treated as real Friends to this Country.

By order of the Committee,

RICHARD DERBY, jun., Chairman.

Whereas I the Subſcriber was ſo unfortunate (ſome Time ſince) as to ſign an Addreſs to the late Governor Hutchinſon, ſo univerſally, and ſo juſtly, deemed an Enemy to American Liberty and Freedom, I hereby in this public Manner declare that at the Time I ſigned the ſaid Addreſs, I intended the Good of my Country, and that only; but finding in my Sorrow it had not that but quite a contrary Effect, I hereby renounce the ſame Addreſs in every Part, and hope my injured and afflicted Fellow-Countrymen will overlook my paſt Miſconduct, as I am ready to aſſiſt them in their Struggles for Liberty and Freedom in whatever Way I ſhall be called upon by them.

Londonderry, June 6, 1775.

John Prentice.

To the Publick:

Whereas I the Subſcriber ſigned an Addreſs to the late Governor Hutchinſon, upon his leaving this[Pg 50] Province: I now declare my doing ſo was without any View of injuring the Liberties of my Country, which I ever held ſacred; nor had I the leaſt Deſign of giving Offence to any Individual within the Circle of my Acquaintance, and had I conceived ſuch an Addreſs would have been ſo generally diſapproved of, I ſhould by no Means have ſigned it; and hope the Publick will freely forgive this Error in their humble Servant.

Jonathan Glover.

Whereas I, the Subſcriber, ſigned an Addreſs to the late Governor Hutchinſon,—I wiſh the Devil had had ſaid Addreſs before I had ſeen it.

Marblehead, October 24, 1774.

J. Fowle.

John Prentice, of Marblehead, signed a similar card the same day.

We have room but for one more of these political cards. The Rev. Samuel Dana, of Groton, appears to have been suspected of "Toryism," and prints the following in the "Essex Gazette":—

"I, the Subſcriber, being deeply affected with the Miſeries bro't on this Country by a horrid Thirſt for ill-got Wealth and unconſtitutional Power,—and lamenting my Unhappineſs in being left to adopt Principles in Politics different from the Generality of my[Pg 51] Countrymen; and thence to conduct in a Manner that has but too juſtly excited the Jealousy and Reſentment of the true Sons of Liberty againſt me, earneſtly deſirous, at the ſame Time, to give them all the Satisfaction in my Power; do hereby Sincerely ask Forgiveneſs of all ſuch for whatever I have ſaid or done, that had the leaſt Tendency to the Injury of my Country, aſſuring them that it is my full Purpoſe, in my proper Sphere, to unite with them in all thoſe laudable and fit Meaſures that have been recommended by the Continental and Provincial Congreſſes for the Salvation of this Country, hoping my future Converſation and Conduct will fully prove the up-rightneſs of my preſent Profeſſions.

Groton, May 22, 1775.

Samuel Dana.

The town of Groton voted that the above was satisfactory to the inhabitants, and that Mr. Dana "ought to enjoy the Privileges of Society," etc.

East Boston, to be let, in the year 1800.

Noddle's Iſland.

TO BE LET, (for the term of one or more years, and entered upon, the 25th March next,)

That valuable Eſtate in the Harbour of Boſton, known by the name of Noddle's Iſland. The advantages of its ſituation, ſoil, &c. [Pg 52]&c. are ſo well known, as to render a detail thereof unneceſſary.—For particulars, inquire of the Printer, or of DAVID S. GREENOUGH, at Roxbury.

Feb. 15.

Columbian Centinel.


Isaac Greenwood, jun., takes this opportunity to inform you, that at his Shop oppoſite the Town-Houſe, in Salem, Gentlemen may be ſupplyed with neat walking Sticks; and Ladies with Umbrellas, neater and cheaper than thoſe imported: He makes and mends Umbrella Sticks in the beſt Manner.

He earneſtly wiſhes, for his Profit and their Good, that they would apply to him for Teeth-Bruſhes, and Teeth-Powder, which when uſed will recommend itſelf.

Said Greenwood performs all kinds of turned Work, in Silver, ſuch as Tankards, Cans, &c. alſo in Braſs, Iron, Ivory, Turtle-Shell, Bone, Horn, and Wood of any ſort or bigneſs. Repairs Violins; makes Flutes, Fifes, Hoboys, Clarinets, Chaiſe-Whips, Tea-Boards, Bottle-Stands, Tamboy Frames, Back-Gammon Boxes Men and Dies, Cheſs men, Billiard-Balls,[Pg 53] Maces, Lemon Squeezers, Serenges, Hydrometers, Shaving Boxes and Bruſhes, Buckle-Bruſhes, Ink-Stands, Paper-Folders, Sand-Boxes, Banniſters for Stair-Caſes, &c. &c. &c.

Salem Gazette, July 3, 1781.

An appeal to "the Sentimentalists of the Town of Salem," from the "Gazette" of June 19, 1781. "Sentimentalists" would in these days be called book-buyers.


JEWELS and DIAMONDS for Sentimentalists.

The Sentimentaliſts of the Town of Salem, and all Voluntiers, who are pleaſed to encourage the extenſive Propagation of polite Literature, by the Buſineſs of Book Auctioniering, which in all free States hath always been highly favoured with peculiar Privileges, becauſe it is the ſublimeſt Auxiliary which Science, Commerce, and Arts either has, or perhaps ever will poſſeſs, are requeſted to obſerve, that On Thursday Evening June 21ſt, 1781, and for two more Evenings ſucceſſively, The following curious Collection of valuable and ſcarce BOOKS, containing Hiſtory, Biography, Voyages, Travels, Philoſophy, Mathematics, Periodical Papers, Letters, Eſſays, Arts, Sciences, Novels and Adventures, with[Pg 54] Poetic and Dramatic Entertainment, by the moſt celebrated ancient and modern Authors, who have explored, inveſtigated, and attempted to illuminate the human Underſtanding with the god-like Attribute of knowledge,

Will be exhibited by AUCTION, at Mr. Goodhue's Tavern in the Town of SALEM,

By ROBERT BELL, Bookſeller, Provedore to the Sentimentaliſts, and Profeſſor of Book-Auctioniering, who is juſt arrived from Philadelphia, and will return thither in a few days.

Hours of Exhibition by Auction from Six to Ten each Evening; when the Jewels and Diamonds will, inſtantaneouſly, either be ſold or ſacrificed, according to the Taſte of the Company.

Printed CATALOGUES of the Books to be had at the Time and Place.

N.B. On Tueſday, or Wedneſday next Week, the Book-Auctionier intends alſo to exhibit a Collection of Books by Auction in the town of Newbury-Port; and ſometime in the Week after, he intends to exhibit another Collection of Books by Auction in the Town of Portſmouth, the Capital of the State of New-Hampſhire.

In the "Herald of Freedom," published in Boston, is the following singular notice from Osgood Carleton:[Pg 55]

Oſgood Carleton,

Having been frequently applied to for a deciſion of diſputes, and ſometimes wagers,[A] reſpecting the place of his nativity, and finding they ſometimes operate to his diſadvantage: Begs leave to give this public information—that he was born in Nottingham-weſt, in the State of New-Hampſhire—in which ſtate he reſided until ſixteen years old; after which time, he traveled by ſea and land to various parts, and being (while young) moſtly converſant with the Engliſh, he loſt ſome of the country dialect, which gives riſe to the above diſputes.

[A] Several Engliſhmen have diſputed his being born in America.

Boston, august 20, 1790.

The singular taste for wax-work exhibitions which used formerly to prevail is shown in the following announcement from the "Salem Gazette," Oct. 18, 1791:—



Respectfully acquaints the Ladies and Gentlemen of Salem and its vicinity, that he has removed his Exhibition from Boſton, where it met with univerſal applauſe.[Pg 56]

To-Morrow Evening at 7 o'clock the door will be opened, and commence one of the moſt pleaſing & innocent amuſements,

At the Aſſembly Room, Salem.

The numerous attractions of this admired Collection having lately been increaſed by adding ſeveral excellent new Figures, it is recommended to be worthy of the patronage and attention of a liberal public. Mr. Bowen, wiſhing immediately to gratify the inhabitants of this town and vicinity, begs leave to inform them that his reſidence here will be but a few days.

It would be unneceſſary to give a particular deſcription of all the Figures in this large Exhibition; but among the most admired, we may enumerate, an excellent likeneſs of the President of the United States and his amiable Lady, with a repreſentation of the Preſident ſupporting the Union of Liberty, Juſtice, Peace, and Plenty. His Excellency Gov. Hancock, who was one of the firſt of the patriotic members that ſigned the Declaration of American Independence—a ſincere Friend to his Country. The celebrated Hamilton, Secretary of the Treaſury of the United States. Three beautiful female Figures, repreſenting a Boſton, Rhodeiſland, and Philadelphia Beauty. The unfortunate Baron Trenck in real chains. Doctor Franklin, dreſſed in a ſuit of his own clothes, with about Twenty other Figures in full ſtature.[Pg 57]

The Exhibition will be open every day (except Saturday evenings and Sundays) from 10 o'clock in the morning until 9 in the evening.

☞ Tickets of admiſſion, at one ſhilling and ſix pence for Ladies and Gentlemen, and nine-pence for Children under 10 years of age, may be had at the door.

No reduction of the price will take place.

Wine advertised in a Baltimore paper in 1788.

"☞ In good Wine there is truth."

"The rosy God, ever attentive to the wants and wiſhes of his votaries here below, has for their uſe depoſited in the hands of the ſubſcriber (one of his oldeſt Tapſters) ſome of his CHOICEST GIFTS, the beſt Produce of various Vintages. Such exhilarating Beverage as, of old, cheered the Hearts of Gods and Men.—A ſtrict Obſervance of the Seventh Commandment is enjoined in the Diſtribution. The Fiat ſhall be obeyed, by the Publick's moſt obliged and devoted Servant,


"Baltimore, April 11, 1788."

[Pg 58]

In the "Boston Columbian Centinel" Josiah Flagg, jun., advertises for "live teeth."

at the Stone-House, Beacon-Street,

Continues his practiſe with uſeful improvements. Aſſiſtance to the poor gratis.

☞ CASH given for live Teeth, and Gold Cobbs, or Duſt.

May 26, 1792.

It is curious to see how in "old times" things "got mixed up." The incongruity of[Pg 59] putting together whalebone, Bibles, and chip hats is only exceeded by a later advertisement we have seen of Scott's Bible sold at a lottery-office. This is from the "Salem Mercury" of 1788:—

AT W.P. Bartlett's Office,
Will be Sold at
Publick Auction,
A variety of Shop Goods and
other articles:
Among which are,

A Few pieces beſt India BANDANNOES——BROADCLOTHS in patterns—twill'd & plain CORDUROY—few doz. purple & white SHAWLS—Hair Ribbons—coloured Threads—No 4 Pins—Iriſh LINENS—yellow SERGE—black LASTINGS—WHALEBONE—large and ſmall BIBLES—Chip Hats—Watch Chains—Bottled Muſtard—Playing Cards—Green Chairs—few pounds of NUTMEGS—Men's Worſted STOCKINGS, &c.—Sale to begin at 11 o'clock, a.m.

[Pg 60]

The following notice of the Bradford Academy from the "Salem Gazette" reminds us of the days of small prices,—"Tuition $3," or "$3.50 to those who paint and embroider"!

Bradford Academy.

The Female Apartment in Bradford Academy, half a mile from Haverhill Bridge, will be opened the firſt Wedneſday in May, under the direction of approved inſtructors. The Male Apartment will be continued as uſual. Young Maſters and Miſſes will be inſtructed by ſuch as are aſſigned to their reſpective Apartments, in all the branches hitherto taught in that or in any other Academy. The preceptor will ſpend leſs time than uſual in the female apartment, and the preceptreſs will have an aſſiſtant. The price of tuition, except thoſe who paint and embroider, will be three dollars a quarter. To thoſe who paint and embroider, three dollars and fifty cents. Very particular attention will be paid to inculcate virtuous ſentiments and preſerve the moral character of the ſcholars.

Bradford, April 9, 1805.

Husbands often advertise wives, but it is seldom that a wife publicly refuses to pay her husband's debts, as according to the following announcement from the "Salem Gazette,"[Pg 61] Mistress Sarah Brooks did. This was before the days of "women's rights," too.

The Subſcriber being apprehenſive that her Huſband, JOHN BROOKS, will contract debts on her account—this is to forbid any perſon truſting him on her account, as ſhe will not ſatisfy any debt ſo contracted after this date—altho my compaſſion for him is ſuch, that he ſhall not want for any thing I can help him to—knowing him to be a poor, forlorn young man. I cannot but pity his condition, and ſincerely hope he will alter his way of life for the better—tear jealouſy from his heart—bury in oblivion his unhappy temper—and take up a firm reſolution, that he will turn from the error of his ways, to a better courſe of life, become a good citizen, a friend to his wife and children, and not hearken any more to his ſuppoſed friends (tho greateſt enemies)—this is the ſincere wiſh of the Subſcriber.


Marblehead, March 27, 1793.

In the "Salem Gazette," Oct. 8, 1793, Frederick Jordis complains of "a certain greedy worshipper of Plutus."

Whereas a certain greedy worſhipper of Plutus has attempted (canker worm like) to blaſt the tender bloom of my reputation, by miſrepreſenting[Pg 62] an occurrence that took place between us on the third inſt.—I take this method, as the moſt ſalutary remedy, to put a ſtop to its dangerous ravages. I will confeſs candidly every particular. Sometime ſince, this man came to me with an account I had in vain demanded of him 4 months ago for horſe-hire; having compared it with my own memorandum, I found three charges over and above what I owed him, and the remainder a third higher than uſual; finding him unwilling to diminiſh his unjuſt claim, I repaired to his houſe laſt Thurſday to ſettle with him, and paid him in full the amount of his bill, ſubtraction made of his three charges: Perceiving his intention was to make me pay them again, I pocketed the bill; his pugiliſtick arguments to get it back again made me obſtinately refuſe it; and thanks to a gentleman then preſent, I eſcaped his dirty hands. Unwilling to enter the field of Themis with ſuch an antagoniſt, I will place his receipted account into any impartial man's hands, and ſubmit cheerfully to his deciſion.


To show how factories were supplied with operatives in the early days of manufacturing in New England, we copy an advertisement from the "Columbian Centinel," March 4, 1795. This is addressed especially to those parents[Pg 63] "who can ill afford to maintain their children." How much better off our manufacturing towns would be if such a system were practicable now!

An exceeding good opportunity for

parents (in theſe very expenſive times for every neceſſary of life) to provide their children with good and comfortable maintenance, cloathing, ſchooling, and a trade, but little known and underſtood in this country.

Mr. Erving propoſes to receive as Apprentices to the Cotton & Woolen Manufactory (now going on at New-Haven) any number of Boys or Girls, from the age of ten to fourteen. They will be inſtructed in all the various branches of the factory, well cloathed and fed, and taught to read, write and cypher; and parents may be aſſured that the moſt particular attention will be paid to the morals, as well as to the education, of their children.

Thoſe who can but ill afford to maintain their children, have now an opportunity of binding them to a trade which muſt, in a few years, be peculiarly beneficial to them and advantageous to their country.

Mr. Erving will thank thoſe that have an inclination to put their children out, to call on him, at his houſe, No. 42 Marlborough-ſtreet, Boſton, where they can be more particularly informed of the[Pg 64] nature of the factory, and the advantages which muſt eventually accrue to their children from a general knowledge of this uſeful branch of buſineſs.

March 4, 1795.

THE following lines were written in the Shop of the Subſcriber, by a ſon of St. Criſpin, viewing with contempt the tyrannical and oppreſſive dispoſition of a Man who has threat'ned vengeance on his neighbour's buſineſs, becauſe the article he deals in is SHOES.

Salem, 9th Mo. 6th, 1801.

Oh Shame! that Man a Dog ſhould imitate,
And only live, his fellow Man to hate.
An envious Dog, once in a manger lay,
And ſtarv'd himſelf, to keep an Ox from hay,
Altho' thereof he could not eat—
Yet if the Ox was ſtarv'd, to him 'twas ſweet.
His neighbor's comfort thus for to annoy,
Altho' thereby he did his own deſtroy.
Oh! Man, ſuch actions from the page eraſe,
And from thy breaſt malicious envy CHACE.

Twenty per Cent was ſtruck off at one clip, from thoſe kind of Shoes, which are moſtly worn. It is fifteen months ſince the Shoe War commenced.


A general Aſſortment of Shoes for Sale as uſual, at a living profit.

Salem Register.

[Pg 65]

Appropriate Mourning.

In conſequence of the late afflicting event of the death of the much lamented General Hamilton, TUCKER & THAYER will ſell their black ITALIAN CRAPE at the reduced price of one dollar per yard 4-4 wide:—

"GOD takes the Good, too good on earth to stay,
"And leaves the Bad, too bad to take away!"

Columbian Centinel, July 25, 1804.

Bad effects of the abolition of slavery in Providence, R.I.

From the Providence Gazette.

Meſſrs. Printers,

You will oblige a number of your cuſtomers, by publiſhing the following advertiſement in the next Gazette.

Five Hundred Dollars Reward.

Was miſlaid, or taken away by miſtake (ſoon after the formation of the Abolition Society) from the Servant Girls of this town, all inclination to do any kind of work;—and left in lieu thereof, an impudent appearance, a ſtrong and continued thirſt for high wages,[Pg 66] a goſſiping diſpoſition for all ſorts of amuſement, a leering and hankering after perſons of the other ſex, a deſire of finery and faſhion, a never ceaſing trot after new places more advantageous for ſtealing—with number of contingent accompliſhments that do not ſuit the wearers. Now if any perſon or perſons will reſtore to the owners that degree of Honeſty and Induſtry, which has been for ſome time miſſing, he or they ſhall receive the reward of Five Hundred Dollars, beſide the warmeſt bleſſings of many abuſed and inſulted


Providence, Oct. 14, 1796.

Parents in Boston cautioned against thorn-apples in "Columbian Centinel," Oct. 26, 1793.


The Inſpector of Police, reſpectfully makes known to Parents and others, that of late, several children have very much injured themſelves, by eating the ſeeds of Stramonium, or Thorn-Apple, commonly called Devil's Apple; who muſt inevitably have died, had they not been ſpeedily relieved by Emetics, &c. As thoſe buſhes are in ſeveral parts of the town, it would be well, if they were deſtroyed.

[Pg 67]

Rabbits a curiosity in 1798.

Curious Living Animals.

Mr. Gilbert informs the Public that he has purchaſed, at conſiderable expenſe, a Collection of Living Animals, harmleſs and playful.

A large Baboon, which is allowed to be the moſt curious Animal of its kind, ever ſeen in America.

A Porcupine, Bear, Rackoon and Rabbit, which are alſo very great curioſities.

☞ The Collection may be ſeen every day (except Sundays) from 4 o'clock in the afternoon until ſunſet, at the Granary, head of the Mall, Boſton. Admittance Nine Pence for Ladies and Gentlemen, and half price for Children.

May 12.
Columbian Centinel.

Mourning badge for Washington.

A very ingenious and elegant mourning Vignette, ſtamped on ſattin ribbon, for the purpoſe of being worn by the Ladies on public occaſions, is for ſale at Mr. Thomas Brewer's ſhop in Cornhill. The device contains a profile buſt of the deceaſed WASHINGTON in an obeliſk, with the trophies of war, and the arms of the U.S.; round the monument are nymphs in the poſture of mourning; and on the baſe[Pg 68] are inſcribed in legible characters the initials of his name, and the date of his birth and death.

E. Russell's Gazette, Jan. 16, 1800.

Temple of Fame in Boston, with a real eagle, in 1800.

Temple of Fame.

Mr. Bowen reſpectfully informs the public that the Museum is again opened, with additions and improvements. An excellent figure of GEN. WASHINGTON will appear in a Temple of Fame, expreſſive of the late melancholy event.—The Young Ladies which represent the Siſter States (with a real Eagle hovering over) will be ſeen with ſuitable alterations:—with a variety of rural decorations of Groves and Foreſts.

Jan. 2.
Boston Gazette.

Families used to live in State Street, Boston, in 1796.

A Family in State-ſtreet, that does not make a buſineſs of keeping boarders, will accommodate a couple of gentlemen, who are diſpoſed to[Pg 69] make themſelves agreeable in a private family. Apply at the office of the Daily Advertiſer.

Daily Advertiser and Polar Star, Dec. 22.

Copley's paintings at auction in 1790.

THIS DAY, (At TEN in the Morning,)
Will be ſold by PUBLIC VENDUE at
Ruſſell & Clap's Auction-Room,

A Variety of elegant paintings, &c.—principally by the ingenious Mr. Copley.—Also, an Electrical Machine, a glaſs Caſe for a ſhop, &c.

Columbian Centinel, Aug. 31.

The way they compromised with creditors in 1806.

To the Public.

Whereas by misfortunes, together with expenſes of law ſuits, with honeſt pride I acknowledge I am not worth one cent in the world, and of courſe cannot pay my debts. But through the asſiſtance of friends, I am now accommodated with a Shop, and neceſſary Tools to carry on my buſineſs,[Pg 70] in Cambridge-Port; where I ſhall be happy to execute any kind of work for thoſe I am indebted to, at the loweſt caſh price, on this condition—that I am paid one half of what the work comes to, in caſh, when delivered. But if my creditors will allow me time, and my health is ſpared, I have no doubt I ſhall ſoon be able to pay twenty ſhillings on the pound to them, in caſh.

To thoſe gentlemen I am not indebted to, I ſolicit of them a ſhare of their work, aſſuring them, that whatever engagements I make, ſhall be executed punctually, and in a workmanlike manner, by their humble ſervant,


Cambridge-Port, sept. 10, 1806.

☞ The Printers of Newſpapers in Boſton are requeſted to publiſh the above, provided they will receive their pay in Smith's work.

Columbian Centinel.

On the 11th of January, 1799, Mr. Briggs advertises in the "Salem Gazette" and thanks "the good people of the County of Essex for their spirited exertions in bringing down the trees of the forest for building the frigate. In the short space of four weeks, the full complement of timber has been furnished." He ends by saying:[Pg 71]

"Next September is the time
When we'll launch her from the strand,
And our cannon load and prime
With tribute due to Talleyrand."

The following advertisement appeared in the papers in 1798, in reference to the building of the frigate "Essex":—


Salem    Salem Frigate    Frigate.


Ye Sons of Freedom! all true lovers of the Liberty of your Country! ſtep forth, and give your aſſiſtance in building the Frigate, to oppoſe French inſolence and piracy. Let every man in poſſeſſion of a White Oak Tree, be ambitious to be foremoſt in hurrying down the timber to Salem, and fill the complement wanting, where the noble ſtructure is to be fabricated, to maintain your rights upon the Seas, and make the name of America reſpected among the nations of the world. Your largeſt and[Pg 72] longeſt trees are wanted, and the arms of them for Knees and Riſing Timber. Four trees are wanted for the Keel, which all together will meaſure 146 feet in length, and hew 16 inches ſquare. Pleaſe to call on the Subſcriber, who wants to make contracts for large or ſmall quantities, as may ſuit beſt, and will pay the READY CASH.


Salem, Nov. 23, 1798.


One ton COPPER, in pigs, or old COPPER—10 tons beſt old Sable or Swedes IRON. Apply to the Subſcriber.


A Blackſmith, to contract for doing all the IRON WORK of the


*** Propoſals therefor, will be received from any Smith, ſealed and directed to


Salem, Nov. 21.

In the "Gazette" of Oct. 1, 1799, appears the following brief account of the launching of the "Essex;" also a communication in reference to the frigate.[Pg 73]


Tuesday, October 1, 1799.

Yeſterday the FRIGATE ESSEX, of 32 guns, was launched from the ſtocks, in this town. She went into the water with the moſt eaſy and graceful motion, amidſt the acclamations of thouſands of ſpectators, and a federal ſalute from her guns on the hill, returned by an armed ſhip in the harbour, commanded by Capt. Thomas Williams. The Committee acting for the ſubſcribers, Col. Hacket, the ſuperintendant, and Mr. Briggs, the maſter builder, have thus the ſatisfaction of producing to their country as fine a ſhip, of her ſize, as graces the American Navy. It is not yet known who will command her; but it is on all hands agreed that ſhe is well calculated to do eſſential ſervice to her country.


And ADAMS ſaid, "Let there be a Navy!"
and there was a Navy.

To build a Navy was the advice of our venerable ſage. How far it has been adhered to, is demonſtrated by almoſt every town in the United States, that is capable of floating a galley or a gun boat.

Salem has not been backward in this laudable deſign. Impreſſed with a due ſenſe of the importance[Pg 74] of a Navy, the patriotic citizens of this town put out a ſubſcription, and thereby obtained an equivalent for building a veſſel of force. Among the foremoſt in this good work were Meſſrs. Derby and Gray, who ſet the example by ſubſcribing ten thousand dollars each. But alas! the former is no more—we truſt his good deeds follow him.

Such was the patriotic zeal with which our citizens were impreſſed, that in the ſhort ſpace of SIX MONTHS they contracted for the materials and equipment of a Frigate of 32 guns, and had her completed yeſterday for launching. The chief part of the timber was ſtanding but ſix months ago—and in a moment, as it were, "every Grove deſcended," to put in force the patriotic intentions of thoſe at whoſe expenſe ſhe was built.

Yeſterday the Stars and Stripes were unfurled on board the Frigate ESSEX, and at 12 o'clock ſhe made a majestic movement into her deſtined element, there to join her ſiſter craft in repelling foreign aggreſſions, and maintaining the Rights and Liberties of a "Great, Free, Powerful & Independent Nation."

The concourſe of ſpectators was immenſe; and the averted face of jacobiniſm was not ſeen depicted on the countenance of a ſingle one;—but on the contrary, the heart-felt ſatisfaction of the beholders of this magnificent ſpectacle, was evinced by the concording ſhouts and huzzas of thouſands, which reiterated from every quarter.[Pg 75]

The unremitting zeal of Mr. Briggs, the Architect of this beautiful ſhip, cannot be too highly applauded. His aſſiduity, in bringing her into a ſtate of ſuch perfection, in ſo ſhort a time, entitles him to the grateful thanks of his country; and we fondly hope that his labours have not been ſpent in vain, for we may truly ſay that he has not given reſt to the ſole of his foot, ſince her keel was firſt laid.

The "Massachusetts Mercury," Dec. 27, 1799, says:—

The frigate Eſſex, of 32 guns, capt. Prebble, ſailed from Salem on Sunday morning laſt for Newport. She ſaluted Fort Pickering, which returned the ſalute. She ſails remarkably well.

At "No. 1, Honesty Side," Salem, dry goods were to be had in 1807.

John H. Keith

Informs the inhabitants of Salem and its environs, that on the 15th day of April next enſuing, he intends opening a Shop for the purpoſe of vending

Dry Goods,

No 1, Honeſty Side.

Conſtantly for Sale, American, French, Engliſh, Italian, Dutch and India manufactures, from[Pg 76] the coarſe Tow Cloth to the fine Cobweb Muſlin.—Said Keith will attend perſonally from the ſun's oriental aſcenſion to its occidental declination.—To prevent a ſuperfluity of words, he obſerves that there will be only one price for his goods at retail, and another for wholeſale, and that caſh will be the ſtaple commodity receivable at his bank. Bills of any of the States will be received, provided the ſtockholders are known to be good and reſponſible men.

March 24.

Salem Gazette, April 3.

The "Worcester Spy" in 1797 had the following quaint advertisement:—

Honeſty is the beſt Policy.

The Gentleman Night Walker, alias Night Villain, who of late has frequented the SLAUGHTER HOUSE of Lemuel Rice, and taken therefrom a conſiderable quantity of FRESH BEEF, is informed, that if he comes forward, in a gentleman like manner, and ſettles for the ſame, his name ſhall not be expoſed; but, if he neglects this friendly hint, he muſt ſhortly expect to be complimented by a WARRANT, which will give him that reward his LABORS juſtly merit.

Worceſter, April 5th, 1797.

[Pg 77]

The "Grand Lodge." Paul Revere, master, has the following notice in the "Massachusetts Centinel:"—

Grand Lodge.

The Officers and Members of the GRAND LODGE, and the Repreſentatives of Lodges, are hereby requeſted to attend a Quarterly Communication at Concert-Hall in Boſton, on the evening of Monday, the 9th March, at 7 o'clock.

By order of the Moſt Worſhipful


DANIEL OLIVER, G. Secretary.

Boſton, Feb. 28, 5795.

A remarkable dog is on exhibition in Salem, March 24, 1807.

To-Morrow Evening.

The extraordinary sagacity of this Animal, ſupercedes the neceſſity of puffing advertiſements or[Pg 78] exaggerated bills—that the Sapient Dog is a great curioſity, the Proprietor feels no heſitation in affirming, that his feats of activity are more various and pleaſing than any preceding exhibition of a ſimilar nature, all of which will be made manifeſt to every ſpectator, by his dexterity and preciſion in exhibiting the following performances—viz.

He illuminates the Exhibition Room, himſelf, by Lighting
his own Lamps.

By means of Typographical Cards, (in the ſame manner
as a Printer compoſes,)
He Spells, and Reads Print or Writing.
By any perſon's watch in the company,
Tells the time of the Day,

Both the hour and minutes—the date of the year, day of the month, and week, and diſtinguiſhes colours.

As an Arithmetician,

He Adds, Subtracts, Divides and Multiplies,
Tells how many perſons there are preſent,
Diſcharges a loaded Cannon, and jumps through a Hoop.

To conclude—the proprietor will ſuffer any Lady or Gentleman in the company, to make choice of a card, and the Dog, notwithſtanding the face of both packs are concealed from him, will diſcover the card ſo drawn.

☞ Tickets at 25 cents, to be ſold at Cuſhing & Appleton's Book-Store, children half price.—No money received at the door.


[Pg 79]

The "Shaksperian Society" of Boston has "new revised" articles in 1795, according to the following notice to members:—

Shakſperian Society.

Take Notice—All perſons who have regularly been balloted for, as Members of the above Society, who have not yet ſigned the Articles, ſince their being new reviſed, muſt attend this Evening, and execute the ſame, or they will not be admitted as Members thereof. Members of the above ſociety are requeſted to attend early on particular buſineſs.

By Order,

March 7, 1795.

Connecticut "Election Goods."

The Subſcriber refers the generous Public to his late advertiſements to be informed of the articles he ſtill continues to ſell by wholeſale and retail; and alſo reſpectfully informs them, that he has juſt come to hand, a freſh aſſortment of Chintzes and Callicoes, Gentlemen's fancy Waiſtcoating, ſilk Romal, buff and other Shawls, printed Jeans, cotton and linen Handkerchiefs, a variety of Ribbons, all of a late importation; Nankeens of a ſuperior quality, and cheaper by nine pence in the ſingle piece than can be purchaſed in New-York by the quantity. Among his fancy patterns for ladies are, the Covent Garden[Pg 80] Croſs-bar, the Renelagh full moon, the Pruſſian ſtormont, Harlequin's motto, and an olive check incloſing four lions rampant and three flours de Luce; and for gentlemen's waiſtcoating, the Sportsman's fancy, the Prince of Wales's New-Market jockey, and the modeſt pale blue. He doubts not in the leaſt, but that among the great variety of figures he has, every fancy may be ſuited; and as for the prices, he makes not the least heſitation to aſſert, they will be approved.—He alſo has taken the greateſt pains to procure for young maſters and miſſes ſuch cloths and figures as will be durable, pleaſing, and well ſuited to the approaching general election.


N.B. A few pair of gentlemen's doe ſkin hunting Gloves, and choice old Spirits by the gallon; a little of which may be uſed as a cordial.


Hartford, next door ſouth of Meſſ. Hudſon}
and Goodwin's Printing-Office, 1788.

The crooked Staff of Life.

Pure, mild and unadulterated St. CROIX RUM, to be ſold by the hogſhead, barrel or lesser quantity, on pleaſing terms, for one of the great eſſentials, Solid Coin, by the public's very humble ſervant, next door to Hudſon and Goodwin's Printing-Office.

Connecticut Courant, May 19, 1788.

[Pg 81]

Republican BEEF.

The ſubſcriber reſpectfully informs the citizens of Hartford, that he has purchaſed the fatteſt OX and COW perhaps in Connecticut, which will be killed and ready for ſale for the enſuing Election, at a low price for the times. Thoſe who wiſh to purchaſe real good Beef, will pleaſe to apply to


April 28, 1794.

Connecticut Courant.

Nantucket wit and humor on the 4th of July, in the year 1829.

A Grand Touch. The last Nantucket Inquirer contains the following advertisement:—

At the sign of the Eastern Pine,
Where the red and the white combine.

John Peters, a descendant of the famous English Divine, Hugh Peters, informs all the tidy citizens of Nantucket, that Apollo and the Graces came over in the last packet, and have taken up their abode at the corner of Pearl and Water streets. He officiates as high Priest in their temple, where it is his delightful task to adorn the outward man, to shave off excrescences, and trim into proportion the shrubbery which[Pg 82] nature has reared around the headpieces of mankind.—By a judicious application of the scissors of discrimination, the soap of good nature, the brush of reform, and the razor of decision, he expects to bring about results which, like powers of the Steam Engine are, as yet, only dreamed of. The grace of the Athenian beau and the dignity of the Roman senator shall be so intermingled in the grand contour of all who submit to his touch, that the toute ensemble cannot fail to kindle love and command respect.



Takes this method publicly to return his grateful thanks to his friends of Marlborough street, Cornhill, &c. for their kindness to him during the past season; not only in patronizing him while able to perform his usual labors, but in assisting him while under the influence of a distressing and debilitating disease. He has grown old in the service of the inhabitants of Boston, and they do not forget him—they do not cast him off, or suffer him to become an inmate of the Alms-house; and although he is an African, he will not be guilty of the blackest of sins—that of ingratitude. He humbly solicits a continuance of their favors, to enable him to buffet the inclemency of the approaching season, (when his regular employment[Pg 83] fails) and flatters himself he shall still be able to sustain that character of fidelity which the partiality of his friends has bestowed upon him.

Boston, Nov. 28, 1815.
Columbian Centinel.

The ſubſcriber wiſhes to notify his old honourable cuſtomers, who practiſe ſtealing and deſtroying his fruit every year, that his Water Mellons are now almoſt ripe; and if they do not as uſual deſtroy the fruit and vines immediately, they will get entirely ripe; and then ſome body or other will be the better for them, which will be a grievous mortification to thoſe manly gentlemen.


Simſbury, Auguſt 4, 1794.

Connecticut Courant.


SAMUEL MYLOD informs his friends and the public that he has removed from Danvers to the building belonging to Mrs. Martha Procter, near Buffum's corner, Salem, where he colours all kinds of wearing apparel. Silks cleanſed from ſpots or injury from ſea. N.B. Pickles that will keep the longeſt voyage, for Sale.

Oct. 11.*

Salem Gazette, 1805.

[Pg 84]

In "old times" even publishers were sometimes short of money, and ready to barter with their subscribers. So celebrated a character as Isaiah Thomas, of the "Worcester Spy," was occasionally obliged to give "hints" to his "Delinquent Customers and Postriders." The latter were distributers of papers to country customers.

To Delinquent Cuſtomers.

Serious Times—or the Printer without Money—or a Final Hint to Delinquent Cuſtomers and Poſtriders!☜

The Subſcriber has frequently given

Hints to his Delinquent Cuſtomers and Poſtriders, that he was in want of Caſh and has repeatedly invited all indebted to him to come forward and make an immediate ſettlement, without being put to any extra coſt—he now, for the laſt time, informs all that are indebted to him for Newſpapers, Advertiſements, &c. &c. that an immediate ſettlement muſt be made, and all who diſregard this notice, may depend upon having their Notes and Accounts put into the hands of an Attorney.

To accommodate thoſe who cannot pay money, the following articles will be received until the FIRST[Pg 85] of JANUARY, 1803, viz. Corn, Rye, Wheat, Oats, and Wood—Thoſe who have not the above articles, and who cannot make it convenient to pay the money at preſent, their NOTES will be received, payable in Three Months, provided they are given previous to the Second Wedneſday in March next.


Worceſter, November 17, 1802.

To be SOLD,

And entered upon next April,

The Houſe and Land now occupied by the ſubſcriber, pleaſently ſituated at a very public corner, in the main ſtreet, at the Weſt part of the town.——After ſerving the public faithfully, for ſeveral years, as a private ſoldier in the army, and ſuffering moſt intolerable hardſhips, I am now, on account of my country's unfaithfulneſs, in not paying what they owe me, obliged to ſell the houſe which belonged to my anceſtors, in order to pay my debts, and to retire to an obſcure hut at ſome diſtance from the town.

Salem Gazette, 1784.

An advertisement like the following is not only "quaint or curious," but it is also rare:[Pg 86]

One evening laſt week, a piece of Gold was paſſed, through miſtake, at Beverly Ferry, to Aſa Leech's Ferryman, with coppers, for a copper.——The owner may have it again, applying to ſaid Leech, telling the marks, and paying the charges.

Beverly, Sept. 20, 1784.
Salem Gazette.

In 1798 a "Learned Pig" was in Salem, and we notice that about the same time a learned dog was exhibited.

For ten days only.


Respectfully informs the Inhabitants of SALEM, that he has juſt arrived in this town with that great natural curioſity, the

Pig of Knowledge,
And flatters himſelf, after exhibiting before the Preſident
of the United States with unbounded applauſe,
and in every principal City in the Union,
to have the honour of gratifying
ſuch Ladies and Gentlemen
in this place, as may
favour him with their

[Pg 87]

This extraordinary Animal will actually perform the following ſurpriſing particulars, viz.

He reads print or writing, ſpells, tells the time of day, both the hours and minutes, by any perſon's watch in the company, the date of the year, the day of the month, diſtinguiſhes colours, how many perſons there are preſent, ladies or gentlemen, and to the aſtoniſhment of every ſpectator, will anſwer any queſtion in the four firſt rules of Arithmetick. To conclude, any Lady or Gentleman may draw a card from a pack, and keep it concealed, and the PIG without heſitation will diſcover the card when drawn.

Thoſe who doubt the truth of the above are informed in caſe it don't anſwer every expectation the advertiſement can excite, and prove a real living Animal, ſhall have the Money returned, or be at liberty to pay after they have convinced themſelves by ſeeing him perform.

To be ſeen in a convenient room under the weſtern ſide of Concert-Hall, Market-Street.

Admittance, for grown perſons, one Quarter of a Dollar.——Children half price.

N.B. Strict attention paid to keep the place fit for the reception of Ladies.

MAY 4, 1798.

Salem Gazette.

[Pg 88]

This is a quiet way of asking a favor; taken from a paper of 1811:—

☞ Mr. Lang would thank the person that took a Camblet Cloak from his entry the last summer to return it, as he expects to want it the approaching cold weather.

Mr. George W. Felt seems not to have been accustomed to show much gallantry, judging from his notice in the "Salem Gazette," Sept. 4, 1804.

WHEREAS two GIRLS were seen taking APPLES from the Subscriber's Field, on Sunday last, in North Fields, so called, if they will call and settle for the same, THIS DAY, they will avoid further trouble!


Salem, Sept. 4, 1804.

Females seem to have been often in difficulty in "old times," as appears from some of the advertisements, of which we give a few specimens. But perhaps this was due in part, at least, to "kleptomania,"—a disease then but little understood.[Pg 89]

The FEMALE, who a few days since took 4 Pair of SLIPPERS from a shop in old Paved Street, is requested to return them, and no questions will be asked; if she does not return them in 6 days she will hear from the owner another way.

Jan. 5, 1792.

The Female who offered a Counterfeit Seven Dollar Bill at Mr. Dow's Shop, on Wednesday afternoon, and afterwards passed it upon a small Lad at another shop, is desired to call and exchange the same, if she wishes to avoid trouble, as her name is known.

Nov. 1, 1805.

The Female that took from the Shop of the subscriber on Monday, 19th of June, four pair COTTON HOSE, is requested to return them to prevent further exposure.

June 20, 1815.


An indiscreet and ungrateful servant advertised as missing. We take the following from the "Columbian Centinel," Sept. 30, 1807:[Pg 90]


thirty years of age, about 5 feet high, very black complexion, good teeth, not corpulent, but well formed, and of erect poſition of body & a faſt walker, WHO abſented himſelf (ſuppoſed to have been inveigled away by some artful villains for their own uſe and benefit) upon the Evening of the 17th inſt. from his Master, Winthrop Sargent, late Governor of the Miſſiſippi Territory. He had learned the trade of a Barber, and is in every reſpect a moſt accompliſhed ſervant for a gentleman or a family; was born and educated in his Maſter's houſe; endeared to him, his miſtreſs, and his own wife and children, as well as the numerous blacks of his Maſter's Plantations, by long, affectionate, and faithful ſervices, and ere this ſolitary inſtance of malconduct, there was not a ſingle doubt entertained that the attachments were mutual and inviolable. If he voluntarily returns to the ſervice of his Maſter, he ſhall be received with wonted kindneſs and affection, but no expenſe will be ſpared to puniſh to the utmoſt limits of the law, all perſons who may be acceſſory in harboring or concealing him, and the ſum of FIFTY DOLLARS[Pg 91] ſhall be paid to any perſon who will apprehend and deliver him to his Maſter, or in his abſence to Mr. Ignatius Sargent, in Boſton; to Meſſrs. G. & T. Aspinwalle, in New-York; or Col. Hodgdon, in Philadelphia;—or the ſum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS for delivering him to Mr. David Urquhart, Merchant, New-Orleans.



Just Received, and for Sale at the Printing-Office of BELCHER & ARMSTRONG, No. 79, State-ſtreet, and at the ſeveral Bookſtores—a few copies of that rare and valuable work, "A Tranſlation of Doctor Gaſper Gall La'Veytur's UNGUIOLOGY, or the doctrine of Toe-Nails." The various editions, languages, and countries, through which this publication has paſſed almoſt in rapid ſucceſſion, exceed calculation. Gentlemen of literature are invited to apply in ſeaſon, as the work is under reſtriction and cannot be reprinted in this country. Foreign reviews ſpeaking of it ſay, "The ingenuity of Doctor Gaſper Gall La'Veytur's Unguiological ſyſtem exceeds the capacity of our praiſe. It is impoſſible for any one of judgment and penetration to read this work without being convinced that the ſeat of the ſoul is in the toe-nails; the ſuperior advantages which this[Pg 92] index has over physiognomy and craniology are made moſt incontrovertibly evident to the moſt common comprehenſion." Price 32-1/2 cents. auguſt 27.

Centinel, 1806.

The really curious collection of the Columbian Museum is advertised in the "Boston Chronicle," Dec. 19, 1797.



At the Head of the MALL, Boston.

Mr. BOWEN informs the Public, that he has purchaſed Mr. PAFF's much admired Exhibition of


Which are placed at the head of the Muſeum Hall, as a valuable and pleaſing addition to that very extenſive repoſitory of CURIOSITIES.

1. A canary bird, which ſings a variety of beautiful ſongs, minuets, marches, &c. natural as life. 2. A company of Automatum Figures, which dance to the Muſic of an Harpſichord. 3. Three Figures, which play the Organ and Clarinet in concert. 4. Three Figures, which play the Harpſichord[Pg 93] and Hautboys, in concert. 5. King Herod beheading John the Baptiſt, and his Daughter holding a charger to receive the head. 6. A Chimney Sweep and his boy on the top of a chimney. 7. Three Figures which ſtrike the hours and quarters. 8. A Butcher killing an Ox.

The above CONCERT CLOCKS have been exhibited in New-York, with univerſal applauſe, and are well worthy the attention of the Citizens of Boston and the Public in general.

The Muſuem alſo contains the moſt extenſive Collection of


That ever was exhibited in the United States, ſome of which are 10 by 12 feet, elegantly framed, and valued from 500 to 1000 dols.

ALSO—A Collection of upwards of

50 elegant Figures of WAXWORK, Large as Life, among which are the following (the moſt intereſting) viz.

The late King of France, taking an affectionate leave of his family juſt before he ſuffered under the guillotine: The Queen appears in a rage of distraction—the King's Siſter deeply affected—the young Princeſs is fainting—and the Dauphin is embracing his unhappy Father—the Queen's Maid of Honor alſo appears in great distreſs. A guard of Soldiers are waiting to conduct him to the place of execution.[Pg 94] This is an affecting ſcene which appears as natural as the life, and is the moſt intereſting group of WAX FIGURES that ever was exhibited to the United States.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, late Preſident of the United States, is elegantly ſituated in the centre of the Muſeum Hall, ſurrounded by four beautiful Wax Figures, repreſenting LIBERTY, with the ſtaff and cap—JUSTICE, with the ſword and balance—PEACE, with the olive branch extended and PLENTY, with a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, loaded with fruit.

Dr. FRANKLIN, ſitting at a table, with the late Dr. STILES, Preſident of Yale College, Connecticut. The New-York Beauty. The Sleeping Nymph. A Tea Party of Young Ladies, with a Servant Negro Girl. The Salem Beauty. Maternal Affection, or a Lady with two beautiful Children. The Boston Beauty. Sir Charles Grandiſon and Miſs Harriet Byron. Charlotte weeping at the Tomb of Werter.—Humphreys and Mendoza, the celebrated Engliſh Boxers. The domeſtic Cottager, at the ſpinning wheel. The venerable John S. Hutton, who lately died in Philadelphia, aged 108 years and 4 months, dreſt with the ſame cloathes which he wore when living, with his own cane, pipe, tobacco-box, &c. The aſſaſſination of MARAT, by the beautiful Miſs CHARLOTTE CORDE, in France. Two Greenwich Penſioners. The late unfortunate Baron TRENCK, loaded with[Pg 95] large iron chains in a real Priſon. An Indian Warrior, with his tomahawk, belts of wampum, &c. Two Chineſe Mandarines, dreſt in the modern ſtile of that country. Alſo, two Mandarines, depoſited in the Muſeum, For Sale.

With a great variety of

Natural and Artificial Curioſities;

Among which are a great variety of Birds, live Owls, Beaſts, Reptiles, Serpents, (one of which is a Rattle-Snake, 9 years of age, and 4 feet in length,) Insects, Diamond Beetle, Glaſs Frigates, two feet in length, compleatly rigged and mounted with Glaſs Guns, &c.

The MUSEUM has lately received the principal Additions for this ſeaſon—It is Opened Every Day, (except Sundays) and ILLUMINATED every

Tueſday, Thurſday, and Friday Evenings.

Notice to the economical, from the "Salem Mercury," July 8, 1788.

☞ Save your Rags!

And ſend them to the Printing Office; you will there receive for what you think of no ſervice, money enough, which, in effect, is the ſame as having[Pg 96] money for nothing, and is certainly better than to be at the trouble of ſweeping Rags away. If this beloved argument is thought inſufficient to procure them, then only think of the virtue of ſerving your country!

"Beauties" to be seen.

New Additions.

The BOSTON MUSEUM, North ſide the Market, has lately received many very valuable additions, among which are

The Philadelphia, New-York, and Salem Beauties, and a number of other Figures.—Alſo, a variety of natural curioſities, among which are the ſkin of the Sea-Elephant, in natural preſervation, which meaſures 8 feet in length, and 6 feet round the body, &c. The ſkin of the African Lion, a Calf with 8 legs, 2 bodies, and one head, in natural preſervation, &c. &c.

Muſeum opened every day and evening, Saturdays and Sundays excepted.

Admittance to the Muſeum, 25 Cents.

The Inviſible Lady, and Acouſtic Temple, continues to be exhibited among the other curioſities, at 25 Cents admittance.

June 29.

Columbian Centinel, 1805.

[Pg 97]

A case of short weight of a load of hay is gravely advertised in the "Columbian Centinel" by the town-weigher


THIS day came Ezekiel Kingsbury, jun., of Dedham, with a Load of Hay to be weighed, which was accordingly done. After it was weighed, he drove it off round Mr. Greenleaf's corner, where he ſtopped. Mr. Jonathan Traſk, truckman, wanted to purchaſe a load of hay—went and tried to bargain with him for it, and as he was going towards the hay, he perceived a man raiſe his head on the top of the load, by the name of Draper, of ſaid town. He accordingly came to me and told me of it. I went in purſuit of Kingſbury, and overtook him juſt before he got to the Granary, and ordered him back to the ſcales to have his load weighed again, which weighed one hundred and an half leſs that it did before.—The ſeveral printers are requeſted to inſert the above, to prevent further impoſitions on the publick.


Boſton, Dec. 15, 1789.

It seems to have been the fashion in "old times" with people who had articles stolen from them to advertise in the papers, requesting the thief or thieves to make restitution.[Pg 98] Probably this was the surest method of recovery, in the absence of the detective system. Joseph Tyler in the "Boston Gazette," Nov. 21, 1761, is inclined to be sarcastic, and Samuel Brazer, of Worcester, in 1802, is witty, but modest. As to stealing psalm-books, no one would dream of doing such a thing in these days. Our modern thieves are not interested in devotional books; they prefer "yellow-covered literature."

Joſeph Tyler deſires the Perſon

that borrowed his Surtout to return it, if it is not worn out.


Taken out of the Pew, No. 59,

in the Rev'd Mr. Barnard, ſenior's Meeting-Houſe, about a Month ſince, a PSALM-BOOK. The Perſon is deſired to return it, otherwiſe may depend upon being expoſed.

Essex Gazette, Sept. 28, 1773.


The two obliging Ladies, who on the night of Monday, the 29th ultimo, between ſix and ſeven o'clock in the evening, took from the Store of[Pg 99] the Subſcriber (not by miſtake) FIVE BARCELONA HANDKERCHIEFS, are deſired to return them immediately, with ſatisfactory remuneration, or the next notice they receive will come "GREETING."


Worcester, December 8, 1802.

The perſon who took ſix pair of SHOES, one day laſt week, under a falſe name, from a ſhop in Eſſex Street, would do well, if they wiſh to avoid difficulties, to return them immediately.

Salem, July 22.

Salem Gazette, 1800.

The Perſon who yesterday, at duſk, took a piece of black VELVET from the shop board of the Subscribers, is well known. He has now an opportunity of returning it, and if not immediately done, shall suffer the penalty of the Law.


Salem, Nov. 5, 1805.

Pictures like the following could be seen in the "Essex Gazette" in 1771 (May 14).[Pg 100]

Ran away from the Subscriber,

on the 4th of May, a Negro Man named Cato, of a middling Stature, has loſt the Sight of his left Eye, had on a kersey Jacket and leather Breeches. Whoever ſhall take up ſaid Negro, and bring him to his Maſter in Salem, ſhall have Two Dollars Reward, and all Charges paid, by

William Hunt.

Vessels were accommodated at "Rotting Row," in Salem, in 1812, and we presume there is room for some now.

Several BIRTHS for VESSELS are vacant at Rotting Row, the tides are favorable and the Dockage so extremely low, good and safe, as to make it an object for any one to haul his vessel there to winter.

Salem, Nov. 20.

It used to be common in the early part of this century to see such goods as "Mamoodies," "Chittabully Baftas," etc., advertised in the Salem and Boston papers.[Pg 101]


Has for sale,

Front street,

1 do. do. MAMODIES;

Imported in the ship Union, Capt. Osgood, from Calcutta, and of the first chop.

Sept. 24, 1811.

In another advertisement we notice "Guzzenahs, Allebad Emerty, Taundah Khassah, Mahge Gunge." These are all India cottons.

It seems strange to us now, when we see so many boot-blacks everywhere, to learn that in 1815 the "craft" advertised in the papers, as did "wood-sawyers," too, about the same time. As coal had not then been introduced into Salem, everybody burned wood, so that wood-sawing was an occupation of considerable importance. During the war of 1813[Pg 102] wood became rather scarce, and some people used dried turf, or peat, as it was called, for fuel.

Boots and Shoes Cleaned.

York MORRIS reſpectfully informs the Gentlemen of Salem, that he has taken the Shop one door weſt of the Sun Tavern, where he will be happy to clean their Boots and Shoes in the beſt manner, and at the ſhorteſt notice.——He will keep conſtantly for ſale LIQUID BLACKING of a very ſuperior quality, in jugs and bottles. Alſo, a Compoſition, with which he cleans Ladies' Walking Shoes.

April 18.

This York Morris was father of the Boston colored lawyer, Robert Morris.

Boots and Shoes Cleaned.

Thomas JONES respectfully informs the Gentlemen of Salem, that he has taken the Shop (recently occupied by York Morris) two doors west of the Sun Tavern, where he will be happy to clean their BOOTS and SHOES in the best manner, and at the shortest notice.

Salem, June 13.

[Pg 103]


The Subscriber, being under the interdict of a Non-Intercourse law, his horses and waggons hauled into dry dock, will no longer carry freight between Salem and Boston; but, "abandoning the ocean altogether," he respectfully offers his services to his federal friends, with his saw and wooden horse, and shall be obliged to them to call upon him when they have any wood to cut. Orders will be received at his dwelling, near the Court-house.


☞ Wanted to hire—two smart men. June 11 [1811].

Specific for a "religious hydrophobia" in 1819.

Cochranism Delineated,

Or a description of, and ſpecific for, a religious Hydrophobia, which has ſpread & is ſtill ſpreading in a number of towns in the counties of York and Cumberland, Diſtrict of Maine—price 12 1·2 cents—for sale at the Bookstore of


June 12.

The following is printed in the "Massachusetts Mercury:"[Pg 104]

From the Georgia Gazette.

Vice Consulship of Spain for the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Meſſrs. Nicholas Johnſton and Co.


His Excellency Lieut. Colonel Don Vincent Folch, Governor of the Province of Weſt Florida, in a letter, dated Panzacola, 1ſt Auguſt, has been pleaſed to communicate to me the following:

"I have iſſued a proclamation, offering FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS to any perſon who will deliver here, or in Apalache, the body of WILLIAM AUGUSTUS BOWLES, or elſe produce ſufficient proof of having killed him; which information I will thank you to make public, in order that ſome clever fellow, at the cheap rate of one gun ſhot, will place in his pocket the ſaid ſum, which ſhall be paid, with the greateſt acknowledgment of gratitude, in good Spaniſh dollars, without the leaſt delay."

Therefore I requeſt you to give this a conſpicuous place in your paper. It is, doubtleſs, a very intereſting ſubject to Spain, America and the Indians, that they be rid of this noted vagabond.

I remain, with reſpect,                
Your obedient ſervant,        

Savannah, 25th August, 1800.

[Pg 105]

Progreſs of Refinement in America.


Pittſburg, May 17, 1791.

We the ſubſcribers, encouraged by a large ſubſcription, do promiſe to pay One Hundred Dollars for every hoſtile Indian's ſcalp, with both ears to it,[B] taken between this date and the 15th day of June next, by any inhabitant of Alleghany county.

George Wallace,Robert Elliot,
Wm. Amberſon,A. Tannehill,
J. Wilkins, jun.John Irwin.

[B] The ſhape of the ears, we ſuppoſe, is to determine the enmity of the Indian.

Salem Gazette.

A negro "pretends to be very religious." From the "Boston Gazette."

Ran away from me the Subſcriber

at Londonderry, in the Province of New-Hampſhire, on the 28th of September, a Negro Man Servant named Prince, about Forty Years of Age, about five Feet five Inches high, ſpeaks good Engliſh, had on when he went away a green Coat, blue pluſh Breeches, diaper Jacket, ſeveral pair of thread Stockings with him; he looks very ſerious and grave, and[Pg 106] pretends to be very religious: He is the property of Major Rogers, and has been ſeveral Years in the Service to the Weſtward, and pretends to be free.

Whoever will take up ſaid Slave and bring him to me, or to Capt. Jonathan Brewer at Framingham, ſhall have FIVE DOLLARS Reward and all necesſary Charges paid by me,

James Rogers.

Dated at Londonderry, October 8, 1762.

In the "Boston Gazette," Oct. 8, 1759, some servants are advertised who among other accomplishments speak high & low Dutch. At this time two dollars and a half was the value of a pound in New York currency, while the New England currency was three dollars and thirty-three cents to a pound. To this day a shilling is 12-1/2 cents in New York, and in New England 16-2/3 cents.

Run away from Major Edmond Matthis of Albany, in the Province of New-York, the following People, viz. A Servant Man named William Fairfield, of a dark Complection, down look, black Hair, and of a middling Stature. Also a Negro Man and Woman, and a white Girl with them, about 14 Years of Age, who talks good English,[Pg 107] high and low Dutch; the Negro Man is much pitted with the Small Pox, and speaks good English; tis suppos'd they are all together: They took with them a great many Cloaths, and its probable they will often alter their Dress. Whoever takes up said Run-aways, and safely conveys them to their abovesaid Master, shall have Ten Pounds (25 Dollars) New-York Currency Reward, and all necessary Charges paid.

Albany, Octob. 1, 1759.

Edmond Matthis.

Dr. Greenwood, of Boston, in 1788 offered his services to "give a youthful air to the countenance," and was ready to "electerise" any persons who stood "in need of that almost universal remedy."



Acquaints the publick, that he has REMOVED from No. 49 to No. 19, Marlborough Street, opposite Meſſrs. Amorys' Store, where he continues to perform the neceſſary branches of that art, carefully and faithfully. Removing every ſubſtance tending to deſtroy the Teeth and Gums. Cures the Scurvy in the Gums, makes the Teeth white, &c. Sells BRUSHES that are ſuitable for[Pg 108] the Teeth, with a POWDER that never fails to recommend itſelf, at 1/4 per box. Fixes NATURAL TEETH on plates of gold or ſilver, with gold ſprings, if wanted. Alſo, ſubſtitutes ARTIFICIAL TEETH, of different ſubſtances, from 2ſ. to 6ſ. each—that give a youthful air to the countenance, and render pronunciation more agreeable and diſtinct—In a word, both natural and artificial are of ſuch real ſervice, as are worthy the attention of every one. He with pleaſure attends on thoſe who may incline to employ him, provided they cannot conveniently attend on him, at his HOUSE, where he has every accommodation neceſſary for their reception.

At the ſame place may be had,

Oil, Silk, and Ladies' UMBRELLAS, cheap. Old Umbrellas repaired, oiled, newly covered, &c. Oil Silk CAPS for bathing, German Flutes, Fifes, Violins, and Strings for ditto, Reeds for hautboys, Men, Boxes and Dice for back-gammon, Cheſs men, Billiard Balls, Ivory Combs, a variety of Canes, by wholeſale and retail. Cane Strings, Whips, electrical Machines with apparatus for experiments and medical uſe—artificial Magnets, &c. &c. &c.

N.B. Said Greenwood offers his ſervice to electeriſe thoſe who ſtand in need of that almoſt universal remedy, at 1/6 each time, at his Houſe.

Adviſe with your phyſicians.

May 3, 1788.

[Pg 109]


Boſton Umbrella Manufactury.


Umbrella Manufacturer; takes this early opportunity to inform his friends and the Public in general, that he has Removed from the North-Square, to

No. 55, Marlborough-Street,

at the ſign of the Umbrella——where may be had any quantity, quality, or ſized UMBRELLAS, at the ſhorteſt notice, made of better materials, cheaper, and more durable than can be imported.


Turned Work in Ivory, hard Woods, and Metals, executed in the beſt ſtile of workmanſhip.

Caſh given for Ivory, Sea-horſe, and Sea-cows TEETH. (8w)

March 14 [1798].

The following—supposed to be—attempt at wit appeared in the "Massachusetts Centinel" in 1789.


Imported in the laſt veſſels from Europe, A treatise on ogling, ſimpering, flirting, gigling, painting, patching, perfuming, &c. very uſeful to[Pg 110] every Lady—and much in demand. Alſo, The Art of burning dimples in ladies' cheeks and chins—of repairing female tongues that wear with uſing—of ſetting eyes faſhionably in their ſockets—of giving the face a beautiful pale, deathlike aſpect—and of acquiring the elegant hyſterick and other fits.

TO BE SOLD—Many elegant and beautiful copies of a moſt ſcarce and valuable work, called "The Virtue of the Times." Inquire any where.

LOST—Through careleſſneſs, thirty good years of life—of a gentleman—ALSO, forty-two years of a lady—the latter, from a deſire to appear beautifully ſlim. Whoever can inform the loſers how they can be redeemed, ſhall be handſomely rewarded.


WANTED—much wanted—ſeveral ſmall ſums of money—ſay, from 4/6. to Ten Dollars—for which obligations, which have frequently been offered, will be given. Inquire of the Printer.

A Boston paper of 1789 prints the following unique production, copied from a late London paper. It was probably designed as a "take-off" to some of the humbugs of the day.[Pg 111]


Propoſes, on the laſt day of the preſent month, to ſhoot himſelf by ſubſcription. His life being of no farther uſe to himſelf or his friends, he takes this method of endeavouring to turn his death to ſome account; and the novelty of the performance, he hopes, will merit the attention and patronage of the publick.

He will perform with two piſtols, the firſt ſhot to be directed through his abdomen, to which will be added another through his brain, the whole to conclude with ſtaggering convulſions, grinning, &c., in a manner never before publickly attempted.

The doors to be opened at eight, and the exhibition to begin preciſely at nine. Particular places, for that night only, reſerved for the ladies. No money to be returned, nor half price taken. Vivant Rex et Regina.

N.B. Beware of counterfeits and impoſtors.—The perſon who advertiſes to hang himſelf the ſame night, in oppoſition to Mr. Touchwood, is a taylor, who intends only to give the repreſentation of death by dancing in a collar, an attempt infinitely inferior to Mr. T.'s original and authentic performance.

Probably camels were not seen in America before 1789. Increased interest attaches to the following advertisement from the fact that[Pg 112] the exhibition was held near the very pump which Hawthorne commemorates in "Twice-Told Tales." This notice is taken from the "Salem Mercury," Aug. 4, 1789.


To be ſeen at Mr. Benjamin Daland's, near the town-pump, Salem.


Male and Female, imported from Arabia.

These ſtupenduous Animals are moſt deſerving the attention of the curious, being the greateſt natural curioſity ever exhibited to the publick on this continent. They are 19 hands high—have necks near 4 feet long—have a large bunch on their backs, & another under their breaſts, in the form of a pedestal, on which they ſupport themſelves when lying down—they have 4 joints in their hind legs, and will travel 12 or 14 days without drinking, and carry a burthen of 1500 wt.—they are remarkably harmleſs and docile, and will lie down and riſe at command.

Abraham was old and well stricken in age: And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said unto his eldest Servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Thou shalt go unto my Country, and to my Kindred, and take a Wife[Pg 113] unto my Son Isaac. And the Servant took ten Camels, of the Camels of his Master, and departed; and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city Nahor. And he made his Camels to kneel down without the city, by a well of water, at the time of the evening, even the time that Women go out to draw water. Pure wisdom directed the Servant, and succeeded him in obtaining the consent of the Parents, Brethren and Kindred of Rebeccah, that she should go to the Land of Canaan, and become the Wife of Isaac. And they sent away Rebeccah, their Sister, with her Damsels and her Nurse, & Abraham's Servant, & his men, and they rode upon the Camels.—Gen. XXIV.

N.B.—The CAMELS will go from this town this evening.

In 1796 a mermaid was exhibited in Salem, and in 1800 a cassowary bird. The admission fee to the latter curiosity was for "grown persons" 12-1/2 cents, and for children 6-1/4 cents. The exact change could then be easily made, as the Spanish silver ninepences (12-1/2 cents) and fourpence halfpence (6-1/4 cents) were more common than any other silver pieces. The American dimes and half-dimes had not at[Pg 114] that time got much into circulation in New England.


To be ſeen at Waſhington Hall, for this day only,


A Bird, from the East Indies.

Its height is 5 feet, weighs near 100 pounds; it will eat half a peck of apples at a meal, ſwallow whole eggs, alſo ſtones and apples as large as eggs, and jump to a great height.—Goldſmith ſays, in his hiſtory of Animated Nature, it has the head of a Warrior, the eye of a Lion, the defence of a Porcupine, and the ſwiftneſs of a Courſer.

It is fond of all kinds of vegetables and fruits. It will pick a pea out of a Child's hand without injury. Many that have ſeen it, ſay it is the greateſt curioſity of the kind ever exhibited here.[Pg 115] Children of ſeven years old can ride it.—Admittance for grown perſons 9 pence—Children half price.

The remarkable bird, called the CASSOWARY, now exhibiting in this town, is described by Goldsmith in his 3d volume of Animated Nature, page 39, American edition.—After describing him, the Doctor observes, that "the southern parts of the most eastern Indies seem to be its natural climate. His domain, if we may so call it, begins where that of the ostrich terminates. The latter has never been found beyond the Ganges; while the Cassowary is never seen nearer than the islands of Banda, Sumatra, Java, the Molucca islands, and the corresponding parts of the continent. Yet even here this animal seems not to have multiplied in any considerable degree, as we find one of the kings of Java making a present of one of these birds to the captain of a Dutch ship, considering it as a very great rarity."

Gazette, August 8, 1800.

The following notice, taken from the "Salem Gazette," July 13, 1790, has an interest to us from what it says of the likenesses "produced from a Spark of Electricity." It is difficult to conjecture what this means; though additional interest is derived from the fact of these likenesses having been presented by Dr. Franklin's grandson.[Pg 116]


Mr. Peale, of Philadelphia, has lately received a number of donations for his Cabinet of Curioſities. Among them were

Likeneſſes of the King and Queen of France, executed on white ſatin, and each produced by a ſingle ſpark of electricity.—Preſented by Wm. Temple Franklin, Eſq.——And

The Finger of Mr. Broliman (a provincial officer in the Britiſh ſervice, in the war before the laſt) who was executed at Philadelphia for the murder of a Mr. Scull. This unfortunate gentleman, ſoured by ſome diſguſt, became weary of life. In this temper of mind, he one morning roſe earlier than uſual, and walked out upon the common of the city, with his fuſee in hand, determined to ſhoot the firſt perſon he ſhould meet. The firſt perſon he ſaw was a very pretty young girl, whoſe beauty diſarmed him. The next preſented was the late Dr. Cadwallader—The Doctor, bowing politely to Mr. Broliman (who, though unknown to him, had the garb and appearance of a gentleman) accoſted him with "Good morning, Sir! What ſport?" The Officer anſwered the Doctor very civilly; and was ſo ſtruck with his gentlemanly manner and pleaſing addreſs, that he forebore to execute his deſperate reſolution: Impelled, however, by the ſame gloomineſs of diſpoſition which actuated him when he firſt ſet out, he repaired to the Centre houſe, where ſome gentlemen were engaged at billiards—The tack of one of the players[Pg 117] happening to ſtrike his hat, the wretched man, eager for an opportunity of accompliſhing his deſire to leave the world, inſtantly ſhot Mr. Scull, one of the company, who died of the wound.

This little ſtory affords a ſtriking proof, that amiableneſs and politeneſs of manners are not only pleaſing, but uſeful, in our commerce with the world.

Salem always was famous for its collections of natural and historical curiosities, and many of its houses are now well stocked with such things. Among these collections we may mention Mr. Geo. R. Curwen's antique family portraits, china, clothing, and furniture; Mr. M.A. Stickney's rare coins, old paper money, and books, autographs, etc.; Mr. H.F. Waters's rare ancient furniture (Mr. Waters is now in London, engaged in historical research in reference to American families); Mr. John Robinson's remarkable collection of Chinese coins, and scarce views of old houses of Salem; Mr. T.F. Hunt's valuable collection of Chinese books and pictures; Rev. Dr. Bolles's fine collection of works on London; Rev. B.F. McDaniel's collection of engravings, etc.; Mr. N.J. Holden's and[Pg 118] Mr. F.P. Richardson's collections of illustrated books, autographs, etc.; besides numerous minor collections. It is not too much to say that Professor E.S. Morse's collection of Japanese pottery is certainly not surpassed in the world; the South Kensington collection in London, which is the best in Europe, does not approach it in size or importance. One of the best museums of our country was started in Salem in the latter part of the last century, and that collection is now, as is well known, in charge of the Peabody Academy of Science. Its objects of natural history have in recent years been carefully classified and arranged under the direction of Dr. Henry Wheatland, Professors Morse, Putnam, Packard, and Robinson; and its cabinets, together with those of the Essex Institute, now contain probably more unique and valuable specimens than are to be found elsewhere in this country.

The "silhouette," or cheap portrait cut in black paper, was much in vogue in New England some seventy or eighty years ago. The[Pg 119] process was named from M. Silhouette, an honest French minister who about 1759 was noted for his advocacy of economy in everything relating to the public welfare. He received a great deal of ridicule, and hence all inexpensive things were said to be à la Silhouette. At the rooms of the Essex Institute, and in many houses in Salem, there are numerous silhouettes of former citizens of the place. Those who remember the originals consider the likenesses often very striking.



Informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Salem that he has taken a ſhop next to Mr. Morgan's, in North ſtreet, Salem, where he will take PROFILES in the neweſt and moſt elegant ſtyle: two of one perſon for 25 cents, or if deſired, will paint and ſhade them for 75 cents.

Frames, of different kinds and prices, for the Profiles may be had at the above place.

Salem, January 23, 1808.

Salem Register.

[Pg 120]


Respectfully informs the Public that having met with so extensive encouragement, he is induced to continue to cut and frame Profiles at Morse's Inn, opposite Boylston Market. Price for cutting 12-1/2 cents.

N.B. His customers are requested to apply in the morning, noon or evening, on account of his absence at other times.

Oct. 15.

N.E. Palladium, 1819.

In September, 1808, we have a notice of a circus, in which the horsemanship, according to the representations, must have equalled that of Barnum's people. It is not common to find[Pg 121] much editorial comment in the papers of the time on such exhibitions, from which we judge that they were not considered first-class entertainments, and were not as much patronized by the clergy as at the present day.





This Evening,

(If the weather permit; if not, the first fair evening)



Consisting of a number of HORNPIPES, danced by the Company on different Horses, while in full speed.

Mr. CRANDEL Dances the Hornpipe and Jumps the Whip.

Mr. FRANKLIN Dances the Hornpipe; Rides with his Toe in his Mouth; he alſo Leaps from the Ground to his Horſe in various ways.

Mr. STEWART Dances the Hornpipe; Jumps a great height from his Horſe, and with ſurpriſing[Pg 122] agility throws himſelf into different attitudes while his horſe is in full ſpeed.

PETER dances the Hornpipe and Jumps the Whip; alſo, ſtanding erect on his toes, rides in full ſpeed once round the Circus.

Mr. STEWART performs the picking up of four Handkerchiefs from the ground; he alſo ſtands erect on his horſe, while his horſe leaps a board 3 feet from the ground.

PETER, the young African, riding backwards, dances a hornpipe; changes his poſition in a number of extraordinary leaps; jumps out of one hoop into another; and alſo, with one leap, jumps twice through a hoop; in once round the Circus leaps 4 quarters; and rides two Horſes, one forward of the other.

The Horſe Phœnix lies down, ſits up, and eats from the table with his maſter.

The Grand Still Vaulting, by the Company.

Many other Extraordinary Feats performed during the Exhibition.

The performance to conclude with the Brother Miller.

The Doors opened at 5 o'clock in the Evening. The Performance begins at 6.

Price, Boxes 1 Dollar, Pit 50 Cents.——Tickets to be had at the Circus and at the Salem Hotel.

Thoſe who pleaſe to favor the performers with their preſence, are requeſted to take Tickets before[Pg 123] the exhibition commences.—No pains will be ſpared to render the Entertainment as agreeable as poſſible.

Sept. 27, 1808.

Monstrous Sight!

TO be seen at A. POLLARD's Tavern, Elm Street—A white Greenland Sea BEAR, which was taken at sea, weighing 1000 wt. This animal lives either in the sea or on the land. They have been seen several leagues at sea, and sometimes floating on cakes of ice.—This animal displays a great natural curiosity.—Admittance 12 1-2 cts. ... children half price.

april 28.

[Boston] Columbian Centinel, 1810.

Just before the declaration of the last war against Great Britain "Non-Intercourse Quills" were for sale. This reminds us that most young people know but little about quills of any kind, and probably not one in a hundred knows, in these days, how to make a quill pen. Quills were in pretty general use for writing until about 1835 or 1836, when steel pens took their place to some extent, although quill pens were used by many down to a[Pg 124] comparatively recent period, and occasionally a person may now be seen using one. Steel and silver pens were made by Shakers as early as 1824, and Cushing & Appleton had steel pens as early as 1811, according to an advertisement in the "Salem Gazette."


Just received for sale by


Oct. 6th, 1811.


Cushing & APPLETON have still on hand a few thousand English QUILLS, which for a short time will be sold at the present low rate, for specie, or bills of any of the banks in Essex or Boston.—— ☞ Persons in want of Quills will please to recollect, that in about two or three weeks the NON-INTERCOURSE with Great Britain takes place, which in all probability will continue during the short time that Nation may exist, at least. Such another opportunity for purchasing can therefore never occur.

Jan. 14, 1811.

J. Greenleaf sold steel pens in Boston in 1812.[Pg 125]

Steel Pens,

A further supply of the celebrated STEEL PENS is received by J. GREENLEAF, No. 49, Cornhill.

march 11 [1812].


Manufactured in Paris of Damascus Steel and warranted.

Also—an assortment of Steel & Silver Pens, from the Shaker Village. For sale by


Dec. 11 [1824].

Essex street.

Many young people do not know that in old times blotting-paper of the kind now in use had not been introduced. Black sand was used altogether for drying the ink on freshly written letters or ordinary writing, except in books, when the writers either waited for the ink to dry, or made China paper, taken from the inside of tea-chests, a blotter. Black sand was in general use until within thirty years or thereabouts. We have seen the sand adhering[Pg 126] to writing which had been done more than a century. No writing-desk was complete without a sand-box.


Which is ſo uſeful to all who have any thing to do with penmanſhip—for ſale, at No. 34, oppoſite the Treaſurer's-Office, in Marlborough-Street.

☞ BOOKS and STATIONARY, as uſual.

Boſton, May 29, 1790.

Columbian Centinel.

Country Traders,

Who are in ſearch of penny-worths, are invited to the STORE of

John & Tho's Amory & Co.

No. 41, Marlborough-Street.

Columbian Centinel, 1790.

IF the Small Pox should be allowed to spread in this town [Boston], the Editor assures his country customers that every precaution in his power shall be taken, that no part of his papers shall convey the infection into the country.—But it is his belief[Pg 127] that it will not be permitted to spread—and his wishes accord with his belief, having never had the infection. Should he be necessitated to innoculate, he shall withdraw himself from his office and leave the business in the care of a person who will use every caution necessary for the purpose.

Columbian Centinel, Aug. 29, 1792.

Whereas a Perſon who

called himſelf by the Name of Charles Brown, did on the 29th of June laſt, hire a Chaiſe of Iſrael Davis, of Danvers, to go to Boſton; ſince which the ſaid Chaiſe has not been returned: This is to give Notice to any one who will diſcover the ſaid Brown or Chaiſe, and leave Word with the Printers hereof, a Reward of Ten Dollars for each, will be given by

Iſrael Davis.

The ſaid Brown is of a middling Stature, thin, looked ſickly and very poor, as if he had had the yellow Fever: He is about 30 Years of Age; wears ſhort black Hair, tied with a black Ribbon; has a blue German Serge Surtout Coat, faced with blue Calamancoe, yellow Buttons; a whitiſh Coat and Breeches; blue Sattin Jacket, with a narrow ſcollop'd Silver Lace: He has alſo a yellowiſh Thickſett[Pg 128] Coat, blue Pluſh Waiſtcoat, yellow Leather Breeches, a laced Hat, and ruffled Shirts; appears and pretends to be a Gentleman, and has a Perſon with him as a Waiter, who calls himſelf Capt Stutſon.

The Chaiſe has ſtanding Poſts with a Canvaſs Top, the Lining is cloth coloured Broad-Cloth; the back is warped by the Sun and cracked; the Leather at the Bottom of the Floor old; large Braſs Nails on the Foot Board; the Door of the Box is pricked with Awl-Holes; one of the Staples thro' which the Reins go on the Saddle is looſe; The off-wheel has two Gripes thereon.

Danvers, July 10, 1762.

Boston Gazette.


And to be Sold at the New Printing Office in Cornhill (Price four Coppers),

THE Two Mothers; or The Hiſtory of Antigone and Phroniſſa; Shewing how Antigone laughed at her good old Grandmother, and married her Daughters, before Sixteen, to a laced Coat and a faſhionable Wig,——and how the wiſer Phroniſſa inſtructed her Daughters in Reading, Dreſſing, Singing, Dancing, Viſiting, &c. in order to make them happy and uſeful in the riſing Age.

Boston Gazette, Oct. 8, 1759.

[Pg 129]

New Establishment.

The Subscriber, desirous of doing all in his power whereby he can serve the public, and at the same time benefit himself, is induced to give this public notice, that he has removed to the New Assembly House, Chestnut Street, where he proposes opening a


for the accommodation of all who may honor him with their calls. Ample arrangements have been made and he flatters himself that superior cooking and good attendance will secure the patronage of a liberal public.

☞ SOUP will be served up at 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the winter.

All kinds of Cakes, Wafers, French Rolls, &c. furnished at the shortest notice.



Two GREEN TURTLES will be ſerved up, as above, This Day, at 11 and 1 o'clock. Families ſupplied by immediate application.

Salem, Oct. 24 [1815].

Salem Gazette.

[Pg 130]

Speaking Figure.

The Proprietor reſpectfully informs the publick that his exhibition will remain in Boston until ſold or removed to New-York. More fully to gratify the curioſity of the publick, the Speaking Figure is moved to a part of the room which intirely removes the ſuſpicion of any one being concealed in the chimney.—Thoſe who wiſh to ſee this moſt pleasing phenomenon of art will pleaſe to call ſoon, as this will poſitively be the laſt day.

Thoſe who have viewed the exhibition in its former ſituation will be charged half price for re-admiſſion—thoſe who have not, are admitted at 1ſ6. each, from 3 o'clock in the afternoon until 9 in the evening, by the Publick's moſt obedient,


Boſton, Oct. 16, 1790.

Columbian Centinel.

We frequently find in old Boston papers advertisements of rare beasts to be exhibited,—in December, 1800, a "Beautiful Moose," and in August, 1801, a "Beautiful Lion."[Pg 131]


A beautiful African LION,

To be ſeen every day in the week (Sundays excepted) in Brattle-ſtreet, next to Major King's, near the Market, where a very convenient ſituation is provided for thoſe Ladies and Gentlemen who may pleaſe to favor the proprietor with their preſence.

This noble Animal is between three and four feet high, meaſures eight feet from noſtrils to tail, and a beautiful dun colour; 11 years old, and weighs near 500 wt.—His legs and tail are as thick as thoſe of a common ſize ox. He was caught in the woods of Goree, in Africa, when a whelp; and brought from thence to New-York. Great attention has been paid in providing a ſtrong ſubſtantial Cage, and to have the Lion under very good command. The perſon who has the care of him can[Pg 132] comb his mane, make him lie down and get up at any time; and it is ſaid by thoſe who have ſeen Lions in the Tower of London, and many parts, that he is really worth the contemplation of the curious.

Admittance 25 Cents.—Children half price.

Aug. 13 [1801].

Boston Gazette.

A Beautiful MOOSE.

The curious in Natural Hiſtory are invited to Major King's Tavern, where is to be ſeen a fine young MOOSE of ſixteen hands in height, and well proportioned. The properties of this fleet[Pg 133] and tractable Animal are ſuch as will give pleaſure and ſatisfaction to every beholder.

Price of admittance, Nine Pence.

Dec. 9, 1800.

Massachusetts Mercury.

We have before noticed the tastes of the people formerly for wax-work. In 1805 there was another curious collection in Salem.


STREET and GROSE reſpectfully acquaint the Ladies and Gentlemen of Salem that there is now exhibiting at Waſhington Hall a new and elegant collection of well executed WAX FIGURES, (large as life,) conſiſting of the following characters, viz.

A ſtriking repreſentation of the late unfortunate
DUEL between
General Hamilton, and
Colonel Burr.
In this intereſting ſcene the General is repreſented
as ſupported by his Second, after receiving the
fatal wound, while the Second of Colonel
Burr urges him to retire from the field.
An excellent likeneſs of the
Marquis De La Fayette.

[Pg 134]

The Austere Father
Frowning upon his DAUGHTER, finding her
with her Gallant.
The handsome Coquette.

PROSPERO and CALABAN, a ſcene from the Tempeſt.

OTHELLO and DESDEMONA: this ſcene is taken from Shakeſpeare's celebrated play of the Moor of Venice. Othello is repreſented as meditating on the murder of his amiable and beautiful wife. The curtains that ſurround the bed of Deſdemona are ſuperb, and formerly encircled that of the Queen of France. The ſcene of Othello is an object of admiration.


The FEMALE ECONOMIST, a Lady giving inſtructions to her Daughter.

TIANA, Prince of Atooi.

CALICUM, a Chief of Nookta Sound.

WYNEE, a native of Owyhee.

LIBERTY and JUSTICE ſupporting a portrait of Gen. WASHINGTON.

A BUST of General BONAPARTE, in Plaſter of Paris, ſaid to be a correct likeneſs.


A Likeneſs of

A Child

Now living in Newhaven, which at its birth weighed only two pounds and fourteen ounces.

The Grecian Daughter,

Nouriſhing her Father in priſon.

A ſtriking likeneſs of

Jason Fairbanks,

Who was executed at Dedham, and of the beautiful

Eliza Fales:

He is dreſſed in the ſame Clothes that he wore at the time of his trial.

Alſo—Sundry other intereſting Figures.

Muſic on the Organ.

The Exhibition will be open from nine o'clock in the morning until nine in the evening, (Saturday evening and Sunday excepted,) and will be removed from this town ſhortly.

Admittance 25 Cents—Children half price.

☞ No perſon will be allowed to touch any of the figures above mentioned.

Salem, June 14.

[Pg 136]

Our grandfathers and grandmothers sometimes had dealings with large sums of money.

To the Curious

TO be ſeen at Jeremiah Bulfinch's, near the Mill-Bridge, a live


That is thought to be the biggeſt ever raiſed in this Country, weighing upwards of 1000 weight. The price for viewing of ſaid quadruped is 4 pence.

March 2 [1791].

Herald of Freedom.

To Widow Keziah Bartlett.

Your Tax for 1810, committed to J. Newell

for Collection, isd.c.
State Tax0 3
County and Town0 14
$0 17


Feb. 24, 1813.

Collector of Needham.

Boston Patriot.[Pg 137]

To Widow Keziah Bartlett.

Your Tax for 1811, committed to Jesse Daniell for Collection, is

State Tax—0 3
County and Town—0 13


Feb. 24, 1813.

Collector of Needham.

Boston Patriot.


The Annual Meeting of the Boston Cent Society will be holden at the House of Mrs. MARGARET PHILLIPS, Walnut street, on Tuesday, April 8th, at 11 o'clock A.M. The subscribers are requested to attend.

Per Order

April 5.

Columbian Centinel, 1817.


Ran away from the subscriber, an indented Apprentice, of the name of JAMES BAILS. All persons are hereby forbidden to trust or harbor him on my account. (Signed)


South-Boston, August 8, 1817.

Columbian Centinel.

[Pg 138]

The "Jews-Harp Club" indicates the state of music in Salem in 1815.

Jews-Harp Club.

The first meeting of this Society will be holden at the Essex Coffee House, This Evening at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of electing Officers and organizing the Society.

April 25, 1815.

In 1814 the Essex Coffee House in Salem, formerly the residence of the Hon. William Gray (Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts), was opened by Prince Stetson, as the following advertisements show.


Prince STETSON informs the public that he has closed the doors of the Salem Hotel and taken that spacious and elegant brick house, (the late mansion of the Hon. Wm. Gray,) in Essex-Street, a few rods west of the Sun Tavern, now known by the name of the ESSEX COFFEE-HOUSE; where he will be happy to accommodate Travellers, Parties, Fire Clubs, and all other guests who may honor him with their company.[Pg 139]

He rests his claims for patronage on a Larder well supplied with the choicest viands which the markets afford—a cellar stocked with the best Wines and other Liquors which can be procured—and the assiduous attention of civil and capable Servants, together with his own personal exertions to give every satisfaction to his guests. [6w]

Salem, July 4, 1814.


That Mr. Stetson, on leaving the SALEM HOTEL, shut the door after him, is probable enough: it is what is expected of every well-bred man on leaving any house; but


beg leave to inform the public that the door is now opened again, and though the Hotel is not so spacious as the Prince-ly Mansion of their neighbour, yet being an old and well accustomed Stand, they flatter themselves that those gentlemen who have long frequented it, will not discontinue their custom, as no pains will be spared to accommodate Parties—Fire Clubs—steady Boarders, and all who may honor the house with their company. ☞ Particular attention will be paid to Gentlemen's Horses and Carriages.

July 13 [1814].

[Pg 140]

We seldom hear nowadays of so scandalous an act as is here set forth; although there was a time in England when it was proved that murders were committed solely for the purpose of selling the bodies of the victims to surgeons for dissection.

500 Dollars Reward.

Moſt daring and ſacrilegious Robbery.

Stolen, from the grave yard in Chebacco Pariſh in Ipſwich, the bodies of eight perſons, ſeven of whom were interred ſince the 13th of October laſt; the other, a coloured man, about ſix years ago. As without doubt they have all, ere this time, paſſed under the diſſecting knife of the anatomiſt, either of the rude novice in the art or of the skilful profeſſor, little hope is entertained of recovering any relict of them for the conſolation of the deeply afflicted friends. But whoever will give any information of this atrocious villainy, ſo as to detect and bring to juſtice, either the traders in this abominable traffic, or their inhuman employers, ſhall receive the above reward; and the thanks of an afflicted and diſtreſſed people.


Ipſwich, Chebacco Pariſh,}Committee.
April 25th, 1818.

[Pg 141]

Business in "Knocker's Hole" must have been brisker in 1811 than it has been of late years. Old Salem people will remember "Roast Meat Hill."

Diſtreſs in the Baking Buſineſs!

Cash spoiling for want of good labor, as my brethren have distressed me so by giving all the workmen in this town steady employ, so that I have not bread to oblige my good customers in season. To relieve myself, I offer to six Journeymen Bakers of other towns, who can recommend themselves by good and quick dispatch in that line of business, $15 per month for this season.——Wanted, two LABORERS about the yard, two months or more; 8 in all more than my present number may have good employ by calling on


Baker, Mill-street, Salem, Massachusetts, easily found by inquiry.

July 12 [1811].

Sport in 1821.


The Subscriber, intending to give a grand treat to Sportsmen and Sharp Shooters, purposes to set up a number of fine TURKEYS to be fired at on[Pg 142] FRIDAY, the 7th day of December next, and invites all who are disposed for this purpose to attend.

Good accommodations will be found at his house.


Wenham, Nov. 23, 1821.

Sharp Shooting.

THOMAS D. POUSLAND informs his friends and the friends of Sport that he will, on FRIDAY, the 7th day of December next, set up for SHOOTING a number of


and invites all the gunners and others, who would wish to recreate themselves, to call on the day after Thanksgiving at the Old Baker's Tavern, Upper Parish, Beverly, where every accommodation can be afforded.

Nov. 23.
Salem Gazette.

What was expected of a governess in 1817.


Wanted, an intelligent and well informed LADY, above or about forty years of age, as a governess, capable of instructing four young Children of her own sex in all the early branches, to reside in the family of their father, a gentleman of[Pg 143] high respectability in every sense of the word, and of considerable fortune and estate, upon which he dwells, in the vicinity of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. It will be expected that she understands and will undertake at same time the management and direction of the household and family concerns. For further information, application may be made to the subscriber, now residing for a short time at the house of Mr. Thomas Lewis, Cambridge-street, Boston, near Mr. Lowell's Meeting-house.

august 13.                            ep3t                            JOHN HOLKER.

Columbian Centinel.


Many persons have supposed that bull-fights were never to be seen except in Spain; but it appears that in June, 1809, according to an advertisement in the "Essex Register," there was to be a bull-fight on the Salem turnpike, near the "Half-way House" (to Boston). As there were no reporters in those days, we are unable to give an account of the exhibition.

Sportsmen, Attend!

The gentlemen SPORTSMEN of this town and its vicinity are informed that a Grand Combat will take place between the URUS, ZEBU,[Pg 144] and Spaniſh BULL, on the 4th of July, if fair weather, if not, the next fair day, at the Half-way House on the Salem Turnpike. There will alſo be expoſed at the Circus, other Animals, which, for courage, ſtrength and ſagacity are inferior to none. No danger need be apprehended during the performance, as the Circus is very convenient.

Doors opened at 3, performance to begin at 4. Tickets 50 cents.

After the performance there will be a grand FOX CHASE on the Marſhes near the Circus, to ſtart preciſely at 6 o'clock.

General Fencing Exhibition

Messrs. TROMELLE & GIRARD, Fencing-Maſters of the Military School of Col. de la Croix, reſpectfully inform the Gentlemen of Salem and its vicinity that they propoſe a


at which ſeveral amateurs will be present, and during which they will play the Small-Sword, Cut-and-Thruſt, Broad-Sword, and Cudgel or Cane Fighting; to cloſe with a Duel between Meſſrs. T. & G., who will at firſt fight with Sabres, and afterwards with Small-Swords, until one of the parties falls weltering in blood.

The Exhibition will be on FRIDAY, the 30th[Pg 145] inſt., at 7 o'clock P.M., at the Military School, Waſhington Hall, Court ſtreet.

Terms of admiſſion, One Dollar.

Tickets to be had at Mr. Crombie's Salem Hotel, and at Mr. Tucker's Sun-Tavern.

June 23.

Essex Register.

Something like the stylographic pen was advertised in 1825 in Salem.

The self-supplying

Pocket Writing Instrument,


Scheffer's Patent Penograph.

The merit of this Instrument is that it contains Ink, and supplies itself as required, by which means the writer is enabled to use it for 10 or 12 hours with the same ease as with a pencil, without the aid of an Inkstand; and is manufactured in Gold or Silver, either with or without a pencil case, and so constructed that either a Metallic or Quill Nib may be applied. For sale by

June 24 [1825].


[Pg 146]

A "caravan" of 1824.



Is now exhibiting at the Essex Coffee House, in this town.

Among the Animals are the following:—

The African Lion.

The beautiful spotted Lama, from the Coast of Peru.

The Mammoth Ox, 6 years old, 18 hands high,[Pg 147] 16 feet in length, and raised in Chenango county, State of New York. He is well worthy the attention of the public.

The Dwarf Cow, 7 years old, 2 feet 4 inches in height, and is handsomely proportioned. This most extraordinary and wonderful production of nature has been visited by a large number of persons, in different cities, and is pronounced a complete model in miniature of her kind; she is so short that she can pass under the belly of the large Ox.

The Heifer, 3 years old, having 6 legs, and is very active.

Two large Bears, very tractable and docile.

Dandy Jack.

Saucy Jack.

The Great Ribbed Nose Baboon.

The beautiful Deer, 2 years old.

The Ichneumon, an animal famous for destroying reptiles' eggs, and is worshipped by the Egyptians.

Also, a variety of other Animals, Birds, &c.

☞ Admittance 12 1-2 cents; Children under 12 years of age, half price. Open from 9 A.M. till 9 P.M., Saturday evenings excepted. The room is conveniently fitted, so that Ladies and Gentlemen can view the animals with perfect safety.

This Exhibition is attended with good Music on different instruments. Also, Music on the Leaf. The sounds produced by the Leaf are admired by the lovers of Music.

Jan. 30.

Salem Gazette.

[Pg 148]

It may be interesting to some of our readers to see what piano music was popular in 1827-1829.

Elias Hook, the celebrated organ-builder, of the firm of E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, was a native of Salem and kept a music-store there, moving to Boston about 1830.


Piano Forte Music.

Just published, and for sale by ELIAS HOOK,

The Maltese Boat Song; Polly Hopkins and Tommy Tompkins; The Soldier's last Sigh; 'Tis sweet to take the bonnie Lake; When I left thy shores, O Naxos; The merry Flageolet; When young men come a sighing; Comin' thro' the Rye; Love was once a little Boy; I've been Roaming; My Heart and Lute; Draw the Sword, Scotland; Adventures of Paul Pry; I have Fruit and I have Flowers; The Washing Day; The Light Guitar, and Answer; Long Summers have smiled—&c. &c. [1827].

New Piano Music.

Yon ROSE TREE. The Rock of our Salvation. Thou art my only Love. The days of good Queen Bess. Gipsey Rondo. Oh, 'tis Love.[Pg 149] As the evening Appearing. The cup of Love. The Bells of St. Andrew's Tower. By murmuring brook. The Banner of Battle. A fragrant Rose there grew. My country no more. To live and Love. My own native Isle. Mild is thine eye of blue, sweet maid. Mary of the Ferry. Look you now. Love thee, yes, too fondly, truly. Lovely Mary. Love in the Barn. Bolivar's Peruvian Battle Song. There is a Love. The Glasses sparkle on the Board. St. Patrick was a Gentleman. The winter it is past. With Instructions—for the Piano &c. just received by

March 29 [1829].


In February, 1829, Mr. Nazro, of the Roundhill School (Northampton?), made the following singular challenge to Edwin Forrest, the tragedian. We do not know whether or not it was accepted.

The Boston Evening Bulletin of Wednesday last contains the following:—

"A Card. If Mr. Edwin Forrest, the Tragedian, thinks that more effect can be produced by reading Tragedy than can be by reading from Scripture, Mr. Nazro, Instructor of Elocution, from Roundhill School, would deny it fully, and offers to meet him, Mr. Forrest, in any town in the United States, and read from Scripture, and Mr. Forrest shall read from Tragedy.

Boston, 25th Feb., 1829."

[Pg 150]

The "draisena" was the forerunner of the velocipede and bicycle.


Ambrose SALISBURY, Wheelwright and Chaise-Maker, first introduced into this town [Boston] Machines similar to the one described below, and of which the plate will convey some idea; he has manufactured two, which may be examined at his Shop in Water-street, where the manner of using them will be explained. It is called Draisena, from the name of the Inventor.

May 7.

N.E. Palladium, 1819.

Advertisements of John Remond, for many years well known in Salem as a caterer. He used to advertise very freely. He was the[Pg 151] father of Charles Lenox Remond, the famous colored lecturer.




The subscriber will issue from his

houſe in Chesnut-ſtreet, on Tuesday & Wednesday next, at from 12 to 1 o'clock, SOUP made from a superior fat Turtle, weighing over 200 wt.

His old cuſtomers and the public will be supplied as usual at 50 cts per quart.



The subscriber informs his customers that notwithstanding he has publicly discontinued the sale of OYSTERS, in consequence of their being in an unhealthy state during the months of July and August, still he is ready to supply them as usual, if called upon; he would observe, however, that he cannot hold himself responsible for the injurious effects they may produce on the system when eaten at this season of the year.


July 16 [1831].

[Pg 152]



This Establishment having been purchased by a New Company, and undergone repairs, the interior of the same is so far completed that the subscriber is ready for the reception of Genteel Parties. The repairs and improvements already made; the furnace which heats the entire Dancing portion of the building,—entries, Supper Hall, etc.; the improved Chandelier, new Sofas, Ladies' drawing-room new carpeted and furnished in a comfortable manner; a reduction of former price of Hall; strict adherence to a uniform price of Help, and every care taken to select and furnish the most careful and obliging attendants, with the enchanting music of the Salem Quadrille Band, cannot fail to secure the patronage of a generous public. Did I say above, "enchanting music"? Yes. Without the fear of contradiction, during thirty years and upwards that it has been my privilege to conduct the affairs of Hamilton Hall, I have never heard from five instruments richer music sent forth than I did on the evening of the 27th November, ultimo.—There is one fact that should be known, and which is acknowledged by all who have performed there, that five pieces of music are better in Hamilton Hall than seven in any other Hall in the city.

As respects the subscriber, who is still to conduct the affairs of the establishment, suffice it to say that[Pg 153] those who have had the pleasure, for a long series of years, to participate in such matters, are the best judges of the style, comfort, etc.


N.B. With the extensive cooking apparatus and other advantages of the premises, Families who do not wish to disarrange their houses, or single gentlemen who are not at House-keeping, wishing to entertain their friends, can be accommodated at reasonable prices, and everything conducted in true family style.


Salem, Dec. 16 [1844].