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South Carolina Classified

These classified ads ran in the August 12, 1778 issue of The Gazette of the State of South Carolina.

To be disposed of at private Sale, very reasonable – A Likely Negro Man, who has always been used to the field till these three years past, since whichtime he has been used to attend a single man, and sometimes to work out. He is sold no fault, the owner having no occasion for him. -Enquire of the Printers.

Twenty Pounds Reward – RUN away the subscriber, on the 27th ult.a dark Mulatto man named Sam, a Shoemaker by trade; he has a large bushy head of hair, is 5 feet six inches high, well set, and had on when he went away, a straw hat, a plaid Jacket, white breeches,and Oznabrugs shirt. It is supposed he is either harboured about Charlestown, or near Mr. Weston’s plantation in the parish of Christchurch. Whoever brings him to me, or to the Warden of the Work-house, shall be entitled to the above reward.

Our South Carolina Newspapers collection contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American History and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America in the 18th century.

General list of vegetable seeds

The Confederacy and a Culture of Vegetables

There is nothing we shall want more during the coming season than an abundant supply of vegetables. The army will need them to preserve its men from scurvy. The people will need them to make up for the inordinate price of meat.

It is the duty, as well as the interest, of everybody to cultivate as large a quantity as possible. There is not a yard in any city or town which should not be made to contribute something towards the general store.

Among other inducements, it may be mentioned that vegetables, with few exceptions, are exempted from the tithe, and that they are not taxed beyond the income tax on the profits from their sales. A little attention and a little labor given to this end would do incalculable good.

Part I of our Civil War collection, A Newspaper Perspective, contains articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.


Collection: The Civil War
Publication: The Charleston Mercury
Date: April 7, 1864
Culture of Vegetables

Top Image:  Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection

Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog, Pennsylvania Newspaper Record, and South Carolina Newspapers

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue primarily is a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries between 1818 and 1870 from the Village Record, published in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Also included, however, is information about emigration patterns, customs and traditions, important events, medical history, biographical data, and more.

The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Recorddocuments the move to industrialization from a predominantly agrarian culture established by Quaker farmers in the 18th century. The collection contains full-text transcriptions of articles, advertisements and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and material culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing community at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

It includes material from the following newspapers:

  • Delaware County American, Media, PA (1851–1871)
  • Delaware County Democrat, Chester, PA (two issues)
  • Delaware County Republican, Darby & Chester, PA (1833–1870)
  • The Post Boy, Chester, PA (few issues)
  • The Upland Union, Chester, PA (1825–1835; 1850–1852)

The Carolina Gazette

The Carolina Gazette contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American History and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America, with additional coverage of events in Europe, during the early days of this country.  The material is taken from the following 5 newspapers:

  • The South Carolina Gazette (1732-1775)
    South Carolina’s first successful newspaper was begun in 1732 and released its final issue in December, 1775. A “middle of the road” paper, the Gazette printed news of Europe, what the royalty had worn at the last formal event, news of the colony, notices of births, deaths, marriages and estate auctions, and advertisements, including those for runaway slaves. It contains a wealth of information on colonial/early American history and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America prior to the advent of the American Revolution.
  • The South Carolina & American General Gazette (1764-1775)
    Begun in 1764 by Robert Wells, it had many subscribers in other colonies by the mid-1770s, and was the only paper in the state to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence. Ironically Wells, a loyalist, eventually was forced to leave the state.
  • The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal (1765-1775)
    This publication was heavily pro-American and nearly always included scandalous stories of European royalty. While it tended to be “stuffy,” it was the only paper to discuss citizens who would not be considered among the elite in society.
  • The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina (1777-1780)
    One of several newspapers published in Charles Town, this paper was concerned primarily with regional happenings. It was established in 1777 by Peter Timothy, and was published by him and Nicholas Boden. Publication was suspended temporarily January 15–June 17, 1778, because the printing office was destroyed by fire.
  • The Charlestown Gazette (1779-1780)
    Printed weekly between 1778 and 1780 by Mary Crouch and Co., it was founded in special opposition to the Stamp Act, but also excelled at local news coverage while providing extensive listings of both marriages and deaths. Mary Crouch later moved to Salem, Massachusetts, where she continued publication for several years.

Letter From Constantinople

In these days of easy instantaneous communication, we tend to forget what it was like when the only way to communicate was by letter.  Early newspapers frequently published letters from correspondents, and this is an example of one from The South Carolina Gazette and Country Journal, found in the Accessible Archives database.  It is very long, so only a brief extract is included here.

Collection: The South Carolina Newspaper Collection
Date: February 25, 1772
Title: CONSTANTINOPLE, OCTOBER 3.BY letters from Salconica we learn,

BY letters from Salconica we learn, that Count Orlow had appeared before Negropont with several men of was and bomb-ketches; and having procured provisions, he put to sea with his whole fleet, and arrived the 19th of September before the peninsula of Cassandra. Some later advices say, that Count Orlow had caused the town of Cavalla on the coast of Macedonia, to be bombarded during three days, and that he delivered up to plunder the town of Orsans, on the same coast, where there was a corn magazine, part of which was carried off, and the rest burnt…

W, November 4. Last night about half an hour after nine o’clock, as the King was returning to his Palace from the house of Prince Czartorinski, Grand Chancellor of the Crown, his Majesty was attacked by a party of six Confederates, commanded by Captain Koczwiski, at the corner of the street of the Capuchins, facing the Palace of the Bishop of Cracow. The King wae not escorted, as usual, by his guards of 12 ulans, he was attended only by some pages and domesticks. The Confederates immediately discharged their carbines and pistols, the balls of which went through his Majesty’s coach. The two heydukes who were standing behind the coach with flambeaux, descended immediately to defend the doors of the carriage; when one of them received so dangerous a wound that he died a few hours after, and the other was terribly wounded with several cuts of a sabre…

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