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American watchman. [volume] : (Wilmington, Del.) 1814-1822
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
J. Wilson
Dates of publication:
  • Vol. 6, no. 460 (Jan. 1, 1814)-v. 9, no. 809 (July 16, 1817) ; new ser., v. 1, no. 1 (July 18, 1817)- ; v. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 11, 1822)-v. 1, no. 18 (Mar. 12, 1822).
  • English
  • Delaware--New Castle County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01211986
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • New Castle County (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Available on microfilm and microopaque from Readex Microprint Corp.
  • Not published Dec. 21, 1821.
  • Publisher varies: Selleck Osborn, July 19, 1817-
sn 82014895
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American Watchman, American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser and Delaware Patriot & American Watchman

The American Watchman was first published on January 11, 1822, by James Wilson in Wilmington, Delaware. Published every Tuesday and Friday, Wilson changed the name of the newspaper to the American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser with the March 15th issue. The newspaper included information such as notices of property for sale and rent, notices to debtors of estates, rewards for runaway slaves, as well as listing slaves for sale. The paper also included news of meetings of the Grand Lodge and of the shareholders of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

The American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser included foreign news. A report from Sierra Leone noted that "The slave trade is still carried on with great activity under French, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch flags." The article also noted that the American Colonization Society had suggested the creation of a colony for free blacks on the Gold Coast.

The newspaper included national news such as reports on the activities of an auditor in Ohio, the legislature of North Carolina, and the Virginia Board of Public Works. In addition, it reprinted an article from a Detroit newspaper describing the execution of two Native Americans for the murder of a white man. The American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser also covered news of the election by Delaware's legislature of Caesar Rodney to the United States Senate, the theft of mail between New York City and Philadelphia, and various state congressional actions.

The American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser was published through January 15, 1828, and on January 18 its title was changed to Delaware Patriot and American Watchman. Published and printed by J. F. Clement, the newspaper's motto was "The Safety of the People is the Supreme Law." Clement stated that the newspaper would be Democratic Republican in nature and founded on Jeffersonian principles. It included scientific and literary information as well as legislative proceedings and debates. In addition, the Delaware Patriot and American Watchman advocated for domestic manufacturers and internal improvements. Clement declared his support for Andrew Jackson for the presidency.

The Delaware Patriot and American Watchman remained in publication until December 5, 1828, after which it merged with the Delaware Gazette to become the Delaware Gazette and American Watchman.

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