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CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, THAT ANDREW BROWN, OR ANY OTHER PRINTER.[text begins].
[Philadelphia. ]. 1791 - Small folio broadside. Dbd. Contemporary numerical inscription in upper outer corner. Closed tear, measuring approximately 1 1/4 inches, in inner margin, not affecting text; light staining at edges; else very good. Rare official printing of a law passed by the third session of the First Congress, providing "that Andrew Brown, or any other printer, be permitted, under the direction of the Secretary of State, to collate with, and correct by the original rolls, the laws, resolutions, and treaties of the United States, to be by him printed." Andrew Brown (1744-1797) was an Irish-born American printer based in Philadelphia in the 1780s and 1790s. He originally arrived in America in 1773 as a soldier in British Army. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he left the British and joined the American cause, fighting at Lexington and Bunker Hill. After the war, Brown opened a girls' school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and later in Philadelphia. In 1788 he took over the publication of the FEDERAL GAZETTE, which he renamed the PHILADELPHIA GAZETTE in 1793. In January 1797 a massive fire broke out in the GAZETTE offices, above which Brown lived with his family. Despite Brown's efforts to save them, his wife and three children perished, and although Brown himself was rescued by a black servant, he died from his injuries within a month. The contract authorized by the present law resulted in Brown's important 1791 printing of THE LAWS OF CONGRESS., which included laws of all three sessions of the First Congress, together with the U.S. Constitution, American treaties, the Declaration of Independence, and various congressional acts passed under the Articles of Confederation. A rare document, with NAIP and OCLC together locating four copies, at the American Antiquarian Society, University of Delaware, New York Public Library, and Library of Congress. EVANS 23878. NAIP w010527. "Andrew Brown" on website of New England Historic Genealogical Society.
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