Alton Telegraph --- Extra: Monday, December 14, 1846.


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Folio. Single Leaf (2pp). Very good. Mild age toning and mild edgewear, with small discreet separations at some folds. Scarce issue of this Alton, Illinois newspaper. Six of the eight columns of the recto and part of the leftmost column of the verso consist of President James K. Polk's December 8, 1846 "Second Annual Message to Congress." Here he reports on detail the progress of the Mexican-American War. This copy bears a nice connection to abolition martyr Elijah Lovejoy, for this copy belonged to ENOCH LONG (1790-1881), the defender of Elijah P. Lovejoy (1802-37), the noted abolitionist, Presbyterian minister and newspaper editor from Alton, Illinois -- one of the anti-slavery movement's greatest martyrs. "E Long" penned huge and bold in brown ink at upper left corner -- likely not in Long's handwriting (although we have no exemplar for comparison), as it was long a practice for newspapers to pen their subscriber's names at the upper right or upper left corner. Long was a prominent merchant and staunch supporter of Lovejoy and the cause. On the night of November 7, 1837, an angry and drunken pro-slavery mob attacked the warehouse in which Lovejoy's new press was stored awaiting delivery. Long and a group of Lovejoy supporters were assembled to protect him and the press, with Long in charge since he was the eldest and had a bit of military experience. Holed up in the warehouse, these men resisted the siege and attempts to set the roof of the warehouse on fire. Long and the men returned their gunfire, but Lovejoy was hit by five bullets and another man was also shot. Lovejoy was able to stumble inside, but died shortly after with Enoch Long at his side. Long and eleven other men were charged with inciting a riot, but were acquitted. Bookseller Inventory # 36996

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Title: Alton Telegraph --- Extra: Monday, December ...
Publisher: Alton Telegraph
Publication Date: 1846
Edition: 1st Edition

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