Washington, DC: The National Intelligencer, 1815. Folio. Good. Item #14639
Original 1815 newspaper, The national Intelligencer, dated February 4, 1815, with compelling Thomas Jefferson and EARLY Library of Congress history!
This historic newspaper features and inside-page headline report announcing that former President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, has agreed to sell his library to the Library of Congress after the British burning of Library during the War of 1812 when the Redcoats sacked and burned Washington, DC.
This report is a printing of an act signed in block type by President James Madison, authorizing the purchase of Jefferson's library at Monticello for the sum of $23,950, a TREMENDOUS sum at the time.
"The original library of the United States Congress was consumed in the fire that destroyed the Capitol Building on August 24, 1814. The event was part of one of the major traumas of the War of 1812, the capture of Washington, DC. The British had just defeated the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg. When a British force entered Washington City, it set fire to the government buildings, destroying in the course of the night the White House, the U.S. Treasury and the Capitol (spared were the U.S. Patent Office, the offices of the National Intelligencer – a Republican party daily – and the house of the Commandant of the Marines). The Library, which was a small collection of about 3,000 books, mostly on the subject of Law, was incinerated in the blaze.
"Less than a month after the fire, Thomas Jefferson came forward and proposed that the United States purchase his collection of 6,487 books to replace the library that was lost. Congress eventually agreed to the purchase, although not without controversy; and in 1815 Jefferson’s library became the foundation of the modern collection of the Library of Congress." - loc.org
This historic piece is in Good condition with mild wear and a larger chip along the top of the centerfold which does not affect the text of the Jefferson report.