Original Portland,Maine Newspaper named The Eastern Argus dated Tuesday Morning,April 7th 1818.
Published by Francis Douglas. Interesting to note that the Group Spirit Alive a non-profit organization in preserving Portland, Maine’s Eastern Cemetery recently found Francis Douglas’s grave and wrote this on their web page:a is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland, Maine’s historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Portland, Maine’s historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and e historic Eastern Cemetery through a range of activities including promotion and education
(Subterranean Celebrity): Francis Douglas A few Saturdays ago, we came upon a severly eroded marble headstone in which "publisher" and "Boston News" appeared to be inscribed. Upon finding the gravesite in the list, we found that a Francis Douglas should be buried in this spot. Francis Douglas (1783-1820) was a publisher who took over the Eastern Argus from William Willis in about 1809. According to an obituary from the Catskill Recorder (courtesy of Rootsweb) his end came on an island hunting excursion: "...Mr. D. seized the fowling piece by the muzzle for the purpose of drawing it towards him, when it went off and discharged its contents into his knee and fractured the bones very much on each side... such was the loss of blood..." that he died at age 37.
Getting back to the newspaper itself there is an abundance of interesting articles and advertisements throughout this early Portland paper. Including run away Slaves, Indian attacks, Revolutionary War soldiers seeking pensions, James Monroe sending troops to occupy Amelia Island in Florida and American ships being captured by the Spanish.
It is the wanted and reward advertisements placed by locals that prove to be riveting. The one-cent reward being offered for a runaway slave is my favorite along with a gentleman offering a whopping $40.00 dollars for a stolen pocket watch.
Superb content throughout this complete paper which is still in excellent condition.
13” x 20 inches.
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