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Grinnell, George Jr.]
AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM MASSACHUSETTS CONGRESSMAN GEORGE GRINNELL, JR., TO VIRGINIA CONGRESSMAN HENRY WISE, MAY 3, 1838, REGARDING WISE'S ROLE IN THE INFAMOUS GRAVES-CILLEY DUEL
Greenfield, MA, 1838. Sheet folded to 8" x 10". [4] pp. Toned, old folds. A few small chips at blank edges, short split along spine fold. A few small spots, Very Good. [offered with]: THE MARTYRDOM OF CILLEY. EXTRACTED FROM THE MARCH NUMBER OF THE U.S. MAGAZINE AND DEMOCRATIC REVIEW. Washington City. 1838. 5" x 8.5". [1-title], [1-blank], 493-508pp. Disbound, title page loosening. Bottom blank margin of title page torn, light dustsoiling of outer leaves, light wear. Good+. Wise was Kentucky Congressman William Graves's second in the notorious February 28, 1838 duel with Congressman Jonathan Cilley of Maine. Graves killed Cilley. The duel resulted from a bizarre, absurd controversy. Graves had carried a note to Cilley from James Webb, editor of the New York World, about whom Cilley had made disparaging remarks on the floor of the House. Cilley refused to receive the note on the ground he was not accountable for words spoken in debate. Deeming himself affronted, Graves enlisted Wise as his second. Wise carried the challenge to Cilley, and the duel was on. Official Washington, including Supreme Court members, watched at the Bladensburg dueling grounds. Many northerners believed the duel was a set-up, designed to silence Cilley for his outspoken anti-slavery views. "The Martyrdom of Cilley," in the March 1838 issue of the 'U.S. Magazine and Democratic Review,' singled out Wise [who, the article said, embodies "the spirit of malignant evil"] for special criticism in instigating and encouraging the duel. Grinnell's Letter promises good news to Wise: Reverend Caleb Henry, editor o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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