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Day & Willis (1803-1863) Eastern argus. [Vol. 1, no. 48 (August 2, 1804)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08818 Author/Creator: Day & Willis (1803-1863) Place Written: Portland, Maine Type: Newspaper Date: 2 August 1804 Pagination: 4 p. ; 47.5 x 30 cm

Summary of Content: Contains an article denouncing modern Federalism. Includes an account of the 11 July 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton on page 3 which condemns the practice of dueling. It reacts to the sympathy generated by Hamilton's murder by asserting that Hamilton also took part and is therefore not totally blameless. Other articles detail local, international, political, court, and ship news, advertisements, and public announcements.

Background Information: The Eastern Argus was published from 8 September 1803 through 22 October 1863. Published by Todd & Smith, 1824-1844; Berry & Greene, 1836-1837; H.W. Greene, 1838; Holden & Appleton, 1839-1844; Case & Holden, 1844-1848; and Holden & Sanborn, 1848-1863.

People: Day & Willis, 1803-1863
Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PoliticsFederalistsDuelDeathAmerican StatesmenVice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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