THE DAILY [NEW ORLEANS] DELTA—FEBRUARY 2, 1861

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Vol. XVI—NO. 80.  8 pp., six columns, 16 x22”. Exhibits slight foxing round the margins; else VG, w/no-fold marks, laying flat in protective sleeve w/white card backing.

Front page contains new of the Louisiana state convention, in session and continuing deliberations after its January 26th vote to secede from the Union. Also financial new concerning the state of the New Orleans money market, as well commercial news treating New Orleans investment, state of trade from overseas. Also listings of “amusements”, such as the appearance of George Christy and his select company of minstrels [Christy’s Minstrels] at the Academy—“They propose  too commence on Monday night a series of vocal and instrumental entertainments, comprising comic and instrumental entertainments , comprising comic and sentimental music, negro dances and plantation scenes.”

Also a column of news squibs from around the country reflecting the secessionist mood of New Orleans. To wit:

From Tennessee—"Another Apologist—Mr. Nelson of Tennessee has added himself to the list of Southern men, who have apologized for the anti-“Slavery” party. These men, with Clemmens and Millson of Virginia, have been repudiated by the people at home. Old Abe ought to find places for them in his cabinet.”

From Charleston—“Mr. Dodge, a partner in a mercantile firm in Charleston, was last week discovered to be a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune. He was notified to quit the city in two hours, and he accordingly left for the north.”

Interior pages contain stridently pro-southern editorials, along “City Intelligence”, news of considerable slave trading, and Port of New Orleans Marine and River  Intelligence” listings of Steamboat and Steamship traffic. As a major world  sea-port, in February of ’61, New Orleans had packets leaving for New York (via Havana), Philadelphia and Boston; as well  27 loading (cotton) for Liverpool, England, 14 for Havre, France; not to mention ships bound for Glasgow, Genoa, Bremen, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Fine newspaper collectible for New Orleans antiquarians and Louisiana Civil War aficionados.  [jp]

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