Boston, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Spy, 1784. Folio. Very Good. Item #16566
1784 REVOLUTIONARY War ERA Massachusetts Spy Newspaper with a large PAUL REVERE ENGRAVED Masthead at the top of the front page. This issue features long and detailed coverage of the immediate post-Revolutionary War era, including an inside-page announcement that William Paca has been re-elected Governor of Maryland.
Paca was one of the most influential Marylanders of the 18th century. He was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and the Second Continental Congress from Maryland from 1774 to 1779, a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 He was a member of the Maryland Senate from 1776 to 1777, and from 1778 to 1780, Governor of Maryland from 1782 to 1785 and a delegate to the Maryland State Convention of 1788, to vote whether Maryland should ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. His mansion still stands in Annapolis and is open as a mueum, one of the most beautiful homes in Maryland.
Paca was also the first Federal District Judge in Maryland, first appointed by President George Washington in 1789.
This issue of The Massachusetts Spy (Boston, MA) dated December 9, 1784, was published by Isaiah Thomas and features fantastic PAUL REVERE and immediate post-REVOLUTIONARY WAR history!
The Revere ENGRAVED Masthead features two medallions bookending the newspaper title. The left medallion contains the patriotic slogan "Liberty Defended From Tyranny'. The right medallion features two hands warmly embracing above the word 'Union', surrounded by 13 chain links, representing the 13 colonies and original states.
Very Good condition with mild edge wear, sporadic foxing, and a few closed tears, including a one-inch closed separation in the masthead in-between the 2nd and 3rd lines, with a very small conservation-tape repair to verso.
A beautiful piece of important very-early U.S. history perfect for framing and display!