John Dabney

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John Dabney (1752–1819) was a postmaster, publisher, and bookseller in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was born in Boston in 1752 to Charles Dabney and Elizabeth Gardner.[1] With Thomas C. Cushing, John Dabney published the Salem Mercury newspaper, 1787-1789.[2][3] In 1790 he married Abigail Mason Peale (1767-1834).[4] Beginning around 1790 he ran the "Salem Book-Store" which offered books for sale or short-term rental;[5][6] customers included William Bentley.[7] Dabney also served as Salem postmaster ca.1792-1815.[8][9][10] He belonged to the North Church in Salem[11] and the Essex Lodge of the Freemasons.[12] Dabney sold the contents of his shop at auction in 1818.[13][14] He died in 1819.[15]

Selected titles in Dabney's bookstore & library[edit]

In 1813, Dabney's stock included:[16]


Catalogue of the Salem Book-store and Circulating Library, 1813
  1. ^ First Centenary of the North Church and Society, in Salem, Massachusetts, Salem: Printed for the Society, 1873, OCLC 3098011 
  2. ^ Joseph T. Buckingham (1850), Specimens of Newspaper Literature, Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, OCLC 1387302 
  3. ^ Salem Mercury, October 10, 1789 
  4. ^ Boston Gazette, July 5, 1790 
  5. ^ Salem Gazette, November 16, 1790 
  6. ^ "Salem Book-Store & Circulating Library", Columbian Centinel, July 7, 1792 
  7. ^ William Bentley (1905), Diary of William Bentley, Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute 
  8. ^ Joseph B. Felt (1845), Annals of Salem (2nd ed.), Salem: W. & S.B. Ives 
  9. ^ Table of Post Offices in the United States. Washington City: Post-Master General. 1811. 
  10. ^ Salem Gazette, October 10, 1815 
  11. ^ Catalogue of the Members of the North Church in Salem, with an Historical Sketch of the Church. Salem: W. & S.B. Ives. 1827. 
  12. ^ William Leavitt (August 1861), "History of the Essex Lodge of Freemasons", Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, 3 (4) 
  13. ^ Boston Daily Advertiser, September 4, 1818 
  14. ^ Valuable Catalogue of Books being the Extensive Library Belonging to John Dabney, Esq., consisting of between 6 and 7000 volumes in divinity, history, philosophy, travels, biography ... to be sold at auction ... by Jonathan P. Saunders, auctioneer, 1818 
  15. ^ Essex Register, October 23, 1819 
  16. ^ Catalogue of the Salem Book-Store and Circulating Library. Salem: Dabney. 1813. 
  17. ^ "Scenes of Life: a novel, by Thomas Harral", WorldCat 
  18. ^ "Parkinson, Richard 1748-1815", WorldCat 
  19. ^ "Maria Tharmott", WorldCat 

Further reading[edit]

Issued by Dabney[edit]

  • New-England Primer Enlarged. Salem: Printed by E. Draper, for John Dabney. 1791. 
  • An Address to Farmers. Newburyport: Printed for Dabney. 1796. 
  • Thomas Barnard, D.D. Minister of the North Church (1796). A Sermon, Delivered at Salem, on March 31, 1796. Salem: Printed by Blunt and March, for John Dabney. 
  • Catalogue of Books, for Sale or Circulation, in Town or Country, by John Dabney, at his Book and Stationary Store, and Circulating Library, in Salem. J. Dabney. 1791. 
  • Additional Catalogue of Books, for Sale or Circulation, in Town or Country, at the Salem Bookstore. Salem: J. Dabney. 1794. 
  • Catalogue of Books. J. Dabney. 1801. 
  • Catalogue of the Salem Book-store and Circulating Library. Salem: J. Dabney. 1813.