Boston: Boston Gazette, 1811. Broadside. Sheet measures 19.5 x 9"
This broadside is a scarce printing of President Madison's speech on November 5th, 1811 in response to the growing crisis with England and France. In the speech, Madison enumerates the many events which have led to increased tensions and calls on Congress to make the country ready for imminent conflict. He stresses the gestures of peace made by the U.S. and the rejection with which France and Britain meant these actions. In an uncommon move, the Bostom Globe sold this broadside to store owners and public establishments for 9 pence per copy. The cost was attributed to the cost of procuring a copy of the speech from New York City and rapidly bringing it to Boston. Through the employ of a stage coach passenger, a Mr. Howe, the message arrived at the globe a full 24 hours ahead of regular mail delivery. This very attractive copy of the broadside is evenly toned with virtually no foxing. Folds are light and almost invisible, and minute fraying on the left border does not affect the imprint.