A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867

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9780970097446: A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867

Unique among collections of letters, these never before published communications have not been completely read by family members since the early twentieth century. For years they lay stored in an attic and came to light only after the death of a direct family descendent. It took nearly five years to transcribe the collection and arrange it into a coherent story. As one of the least publicized political crimes of the nineteenth century, the killing of Congressman Jonathan Cilley stands out as a chapter of American history that would certainly be lost had this book not been written.

A Breach of Privilege is a fascinating authentic narrative of a life of extraordinary potential tragically cut short because of political corruption. It is a story of great love and heartrending sorrow, but it is also one in which the human spirit triumphs over the most devastating of circumstances. As tragic as the story is, it manages to show that humor, even in incredibly difficult circumstances, can achieve a solace and mending of the soul. If nothing else, the story of the Cilley family is one of resilience and great love of country; so great that the loss of his life was secondary to Jonathan Cilley compared to his honor and standing firm for his principles.

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Born in Yonkers, New York, Eve Anderson attended public school, was Co-Editor in Chief of her award-winning high school newspaper, The Broadcaster, and later wrote for the Russell Sage College newspaper, The Quill. At Sage she majored in English literature and minored in American history. After college she married and with her husband, Olof, raised two children. During those years as a stay-at-home mother, she continued to write as a freelance reporter for her Connecticut hometown newspaper, the Manchester Herald.

After retiring to Maine, Anderson assumed responsibility for publicity at the Montpelier-General Henry Knox Museum from 1991 to 1996 and, since 1993, has managed the publicity for the Thomaston Historical Society. Anderson became president of the Thomaston Historical Society in 1998 and wrote the copy for the Thomaston Historical Society Web site.

She has been an avid reader since early childhood with a special interest in collections of historical letters, American history, and biographies of American historical figures. A Breach of Privilege is her first book although she continues to write and has recently completed a second manuscript.


Every once in awhile, a lasting treasure is discovered....Eve Anderson performed a genuine public service deciphering these remarkable letters.... -- David F. Emery, former four-term Congressman for Maine's First Congressional District

Here is one of those astonishing histories that one is always hoping to discover and rarely finds. -- Lauren Thomas, museum educator, formerly of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Local historical subjects, local author, local publisher...but this book could hit the bestseller lists...and...make a great movie. -- Merrilee Brown, The Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine

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Anderson, Eve
Published by Seven Coin Pr (2002)
ISBN 10: 0970097441 ISBN 13: 9780970097446
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