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Supplement to the Salem Gazette, Tuesday, December 3, 1805
1805. A Minister Accused of Incest and Domestic Violence [Trial]. "Marcus" (Pseudonym of Daniel Dana (1771-1859)]. Supplement to the Salem Gazette. [Text Begins:] Mr. Cushing, As the Extraordinary Result of the Ecclesiastical Council at Ipswich has been Officially Published... Salem: Tuesday, December 3, 1805 17-1/4" x 10-3/4" newspaper broadsheet, untrimmed edges, four-column text on recto. Light browning, single vertical and horizontal fold lines, faint early owner signature to top margin. $500. * Joseph Dana [1742-1827], minister of the South Church, Ipswich was accused by his wife Elizabeth of physical abuse and committing incest with his stepdaughter sometime in October, 1805. Dana was tried by the church council, which failed to clearly exonerate him. The council's ambiguous deliberations, published in the press, brought forth this reply by Daniel Dana, Joseph's son and minister of the Presbyterian Church at Newburyport. Signing himself "Marcus," Daniel Dana vindicates his father's character and defends his conduct. Refuting the worst conclusions of the council, he claims that the wife is emotionally unstable, has been fixated on their daughter and the question of incest and has exaggerated whatever "physical abuse" he may have committed against her under extreme provocation. This piece first appeared in the Newbury Herald; shortly after this printing in the Salem Gazette it was separately published in pamphlet form under the title, A Reply to the Vindication of the Result of the Late Council, Newburyport, Newburyport, Jan, 1806 (Shaw & Shoemaker, American Imprints 10787). It was answered in turn by Leonard Woods in A Testimony Against the Publications of Marcus, an A Vindication of the Character of Mrs. Elizabeth Dana, both Newburyport, 1806. (Shaw & Shoemaker 11897 & 11770). This broadside supplement appears to be unrecorded; it is not held by the American Antiquarian Society or listed on OCLC.
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