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Rice, Jon?]
ESSAY/ FELLOW CITIZENS. WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE CLOSE TO A CRISIS IN THE PRESENT STRUGGLE. SOUTHERN TROOPS ARE POURING INTO VIRGINIA BY THE THOUSAND. LINCOLN HAS INVADED CONFEDERATE SOIL - HAS ARMED MEN OCCUPYING THE RIGHTFULL HOMES OF VIRGINIA'S NOBLE SONS. TO OVERRUN PILLAGE AND SUBJUGATE VIRGINIA IS THE CRY OF THE NORTHERN VANDALS. SHALL I ALLUDE TO IT- THEY HAVE REPEATED THE BRITISH WATCHWORD AT THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS. OURS OUGHT TO BE NO QUARTERS TO SUCH MEN PRESIDENT DAVIS IS AT RICHMOND. THE NORTHERN CONGRESS MEETS THE FOURTH OF JULY. WE HAVE BUT ONE SENTIMENT ONE FEELING AND THAT IS TO DEFEND OUR HOMES AND OUR COUNTRY TO THE LOSS OF THE LAST ONE OF OUR LIVES. MY FRIENDS WE ARE SOON TO HAVE THE MOST OBSTINATE UNRELENTING AND BLOODY WAR THE WORLD EVER HEARD OF OR PEACE, QUIET PEACE, THE MOST MAJESTIC AND SUBLIME. LET NOT THE THOUGHT OF PEACE LULL US TO SLUMBER - THEY WILL CERTAINLY TAKE ADVANTAGE THEN. TO ARMS, TO ARMS, THE NORTHERN PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR CO
[South Carolina, 1861. Three leaves in manuscript, printed on rectos only. Each sheet of slightly different size: 7 3/4" x 12-1/2", 7" x 8-1/2", 7" x 11-3/4", attached at top left corner with staple. [The final page is actually 7" x 8-1/2" with a smaller piece neatly glued at the end to make it 11-3/4" in length.] In pencil, added at some later date, "Pacolet, SC 1861" at head of first page and "Jon Rice" at the very end. Scattered light spotting and toning. Very Good. Other than copying this fire-breathing 'Essay' word for word, we have been unable independently to attribute authorship, or to learn anything about Jon Rice, except that such a person in Pacolet, South Carolina, did exist at the relevant time; and that he wrote several articles which state that he studied medicine and dentistry. The Essay certainly expresses the defiant, angry state of affairs in South Carolina in early 1861.
Bookseller: David M. Lesser, ABAA [Woodbridge, CT, U.S.A.]

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