Philadelphia. Jan. 10 - Oct. 31, 1801. 408pp, lacks a total of 26 pages from six different issues, two issues with portions torn away. Vol. I, No. 9, Nos. 12-51 (8pp. each). Quarto. Modern sheep, leather labels. Minor rubbing. Dampstaining and foxing throughout, instances of tape- repair, agetoning, else entirely readable. Good. Item #WRCAM39323
An interesting run of a short-lived serial, totaling 40 issues of the Philadelphia Repository and Weekly in the year 1801. Established only two months before the first issue contained in the present volume, the Repository was founded by Ephraim Conrad. The Jan. 10th issue marks a change in management, as David Hogan was admitted to the partnership with Conrad and by the Jan. 31st issue, Conrad had retired making Hogan the sole publisher. Published as a weekly, the Repository contains the usual announcements of marriages and deaths, serial fictional pieces, various advertisements, and a section entitled "melancholy accidents." Though seemingly a magazine more than a newspaper, the Repository often printed current events. One issue printed an extract of a letter sent from Ireland from March 17th, describing that the "graves teem with victims" as a result of the onset of a potato famine. Includes an announcement in the Feb. 21st issue declaring Jefferson victorious in the presidential election, followed by a breakdown of States' votes. Not long after the last issue, the paper was suspended from Aug. 7 to Oct. 2, 1802, due to the yellow fever epidemic. A fascinating insight into early 19th-century quotidian life in Philadelphia. BRIGHAM, pp.950-51.