Poor Richard's almanack for the year of Christ, 1803. [electronic resource] : Calculated for the town of Boston, but will serve for the neighbouring states. ...
- [Boston] : Printed and sold by Andrew Newell, in Dorset's Lane, opposite the Court-House, Boston. Sold also by the booksellers in town and country. Price--6 cents single, 37 1/2 cents a dozen, 4 dolls. a gross., 
- Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 2910.
 p. ; 18 cm.
- Almanacs -- Massachusetts -- 1803.
Printers' advertisements -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
- Place of Publication:
- United States Massachusetts Boston.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
- The next issue published was for 1805.
The issue for 1802, the first in the series, is entitled: The Almanack of Poor Richard the Second.
The author of this series of almanacs was probably their publisher, Andrew Newell. In the pamphlet entitled Darkness at noon, or The great solar eclipse of the 16th of June, 1806, by an inhabitant of Boston (Boston: D. Carlisle & A. Newell, 1806), the calculations of the eclipse and some passages concerning it correspond to those in the extensive discussion of the eclipse in the almanac for 1806, entitled Poor Richard's genuine New-England almanack. The two subsequent almanacs in the series, for 1807 and 1808, carry the phrase "Calculated by an inhabitant of Boston" on their title pages. Newell, to whom Darkness at noon has been attributed, began printing in 1801 and died in 1808; the Poor Richard almanac series is coterminous with these dates.
The preface to Darkness at noon states that this pamphlet on the eclipse and on eclipses generally was suggested to its author by an acquaintance, who must therefore have known him as an astronomical writer. His suggestion may have been prompted by the eclipse paragraphs in the 1806 almanac if both works are by the same hand. Newell's obituary in the Columbian centinel, Boston, Feb. 10, 1808, describes him as "A young man possessing a philosophical, active, and vigorous mind ... He furnished the best and most accurate account of the last great solar eclipse."
Advertised in the Independent chronicle, Boston, Oct. 21, 1802.
Printer's advertisement, p. .
Electronic text and image data. [Chester, Vt. : Readex, a division of Newsbank, Inc., 2004-2007] Includes files in TIFF, GIF and PDF formats with inclusion of keyword searchable text. (Early American imprints. Second series ; no. 2910).
- Newell, Andrew, 1780?-1808.
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