Boston. Printed and Sold by Rogers and Fowle. 1746. Disbound and lacking title/contents page. Lightly foxed, especially around the edges. Item #3679
The American Magazine and Historical Chronicle was the fifth magzine published in America. Published in Boston by Rogers and Fowle from 1744-47, it was "the first really important American magazine" according to Mott. It was also the only magazine printed in America in 1746. Modeled closely after The Gentleman's Magazine and The London Magazine in Britain, the American Magazine presented reports on Parliament, speeches of the colonial governors and articles on the arts and sciences. Each issue contained a section of "Poetical Essays" and an "Historical Chronicle" with short news reports. This issue, for June, 1746, contains several interesting reports. Among them: a ten-page letter describing a failed English expedition to Canada and a six-page excerpt from "Observations in Several Voyages and Travles in America" by an unidentified author. The latter piece provides a nice account of travel from St. Simon's Island, Georgia to Fort Fredrick on Port Royal Island, South Carolina by way of St. Catharine's, Wormsloe, Mr. Whitefield's Orphan House and Savanna [sic]. There is a fairly detailed account of Whitefield's Orphan House, which had been established just outside Savannah in 1740. This is very likely one of the earlier printed American accounts of Whitefield's orphanage. Finally, this issue contains several pages of congratulatory speeches by Peter Warren, William Pepperrell and William Shirley celebrating the success of New England forces in the siege of Louisbourg. Mott, A History of American Magazines 1741-1850: Vol. I, pp. 78-79. Richardson, A History of Early American Magazines, 1741-1789: pp. 41-58. Lomazow, American Periodicals: 3.