viaLibri Requires Cookies CLICK HERE TO HIDE THIS NOTICE

Recently found by viaLibri....

An unusual Massachusetts paper denouncing the Hartford Convention: "Three States, whose recourses, and exports consist only of potatoes, mules and grindstones, to think of giving laws to the Union, is so truly ridiculous, that we can scarcely refrain from laughing when we think of the project
The November 23, 1814 edition of the Boston Patriot, (Published by Davis C. Ballard), 4pp, 14.5" x 19.75". Light chipping and tears at margins, light toning from dampstains. An unusual issue in that the front page of this decidedly Democratic organ bears a complex engraving lampooning the recently-called Hartford Convention entitled, "COMPARATIVE VIEW, of the AMERICAN CONFEDERATION with the Hartford Convention States." At once side we find the "American Union!!!" topped by an eagle and listing the American states and territories (save for three). To the right we find Massahusetts, Connectciut, and Rhode Island under the banner of the "HARTFORD CONVENTION" which is topped by a crown emblazoned with the words, "DIGNITY" and not so subtlety styled as a "BRITISH UNION." The article reads, in very small part: "It is a painful task to be obliged to expose the weakness of our own native State. But when deluded men advance sentiments of resistance and rebellion to the Union, and talk of their means and power to carry their threats into execution, it is a duty we are compelled to perform—to expose their weakness and want of means to carry their purposes into effect. Three States, whose recourses, and exports consist only of potatoes, mules and grindstones, to think of giving laws to the Union, is so truly ridiculous, that we can scarcely refrain from laughing when we think of the project. We question very much if Don Quixotte ever set out on a more foolish exploit than the Don Quixottes of the Hartford Convention…" The War of 1812 was deeply unpopular in New England as they depended greatly on overseas trade with Great Britain. By 1814, talk of secession abounded, though at the actual convention, held in the fall of 1814, there was little action taken on that front—despite the suspicions of their opponents. In the end, the convention of 26 delegates from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, did not vote to secede, choosing instead to pass a series of resolutions to present in Washington designed to strengthen New England's position within the Union. When the Conventions' representatives arrived in Washington however, the news of Andrew Jackson's victory at New Orleans and the signing of the Treaty of Ghent had upstaged them and made their presence in the capital appear ridiculous and potentially subversive. The perceived subversion of the Hartford Convention coupled with the end of the War of 1812 marked the beginning of the end of the Federalist Party.
      [Bookseller: University Archives ]
Last Found On: 2013-02-03           Check availability:      ABAA    

LINK TO THIS PAGE: www.vialibri.net/years/items/246785/1814-war-of-1812-an-unusual-massachusetts-paper-denouncing-the

Browse more rare books from the year 1814


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     561 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service     


Copyright © 2017 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.