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Maine] [Elections of 1844]
THE REJECTED BARGAIN. "I HAVE SWORN, ON THE ALTAR OF GOD, AN ETERNAL HOSTILITY TO EVERY SPECIES OF USURPATION AND TYRANNY OVER THE MINDS AND LIBERTIES OF MY FELLOW MEN."--- THOMAS JEFFERSON
[Kennebunkport, Maine?, 1844. Folio broadsheet, 11" x 16", printed in four columns recto and verso. Light scattered foxing, old folds, else Very Good. On July 4, 1844, Maine's Democratic Party Convention was held in Alfred. Joshua Herrick, a farmer, was Maine's Democratic Congressman for its First Congressional District during the 1843-1845 Session. He sought renomination. But he was challenged by Judge William Alen Hayes. Hayes's campaign manager was future Supreme Court Justice Nathan Clifford, whose manipulations aroused deep resentment over lawyers' control of the democratic process. This broadside reflects those class divisions emerging within the Democratic Party. Hayes, who "is without doubt the richest man in the District-- has all the monied institutions at his control, or in his interest-- all the aristocracy, (a queer idea in a dem. party, but nevertheless true,) all, or nearly all the Lawyers. Now what has Col. Herrick to go against this tremendous influence? He is what we call self-made. has comparatively but little property, but he has the confidence of the yeomanry of the District." Despite this appeal, Herrick abandoned his effort to secure the Party's renomination, and withdrew his name from consideration. He ran without the nomination, and lost. Not located on OCLC or the online site of AAS as of October 2017.
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