Thomas, E. S. Reminiscences of the Last Sixty-Five Years, commencing with the Battle of Lexington. Also, Sketches of His Own Life and Times. In two volumes. Hartford: Printed by Case, Tiffany and Burnham, for the Author, 1840. First Edition. Two volumes in black cloth, bright gilt to spines, blind stamping to boards, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches, some dark blotches to the bindings, vol. ii. with small chip to top edge of the backstrip. Both volumes are tight with light foxing, both lack the front free end paper. 300 & 300 pp. Good. Hardcover. 
Howes T164. Ebenezer Smith Thomas (1775-1887), learned the printing trade from his uncle Isaiah Thomas, opened a bookshop in Charleston, SC, where he edited the City Gazette. When he wrote his Reminiscences he was editor of the Cincinnati Daily Evening Post. He was the father of the poet and author Frederick William Thomas.
Vol. I. relates some events, places and persons (Battle of Lexington, Boston from 1785 to 1795, Sandwich Islands, George Washington, Andre and Arnold, &c.) to the year 1800. Then a European voyage in 1820, pp. 152-236. This is followed by more reminiscences and observations, with topics such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Arnold's Escape, Battle of Princeton, Commerce of the Mississippi Valley, First celebration of Independence, &c.
Vol II. is Sketches of My Life and Times, beginning 1780, including an account of Shay's Rebellion in 1786. In 1788 he goes to live with his uncle to learn the printing trade. His Sketches are written from a printer's point of view, and contain much interesting information on the book trade in the United States in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He lives in Charleston, SC, from 1795 to the 1820's, and there is much on life in Charleston, including vivid accounts of the War of 1812. He moves to Cincinnati about 1830, and includes notices of the Great Flood in 1832, and describes the city in 1829, 1837, and in 1840.
Also in vol. ii. are Thomas' trial and conviction of libel against Governor Alston, for publishing evidence that he was connected with Aaron Burr's Conspiracy; insights into campaigns and elections; his support for, and meeting with, President Andrew Jackson; drunkards and gluttons; Abolition - "if our beloved country was doomed to go the way of all republics, this would be the rock on which she would split" (1837); John C. Calhoun; Noah Webster; Congressional Morals; Views of South Carolina; etc.
The work consists mainly of original writings; about 70 pp. (Appendix) are reprinted articles from his newspaper days.