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Pamphlet]. To the Members of the General Assembly of Rhode-Island.

Pitman, John].-

Published by N.P. [Providence]. N.Pub.[Knowles & Vose]. N.D. [1842], 1842
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First Edition. 24 pp. 8vo. Browning of pages. Water stains. Chip from tail of leaf 1/2, without encroaching on text. Last leaf detached. Good. Bartlett, pp. 83, 102, 205. M. E. Gettleman, The Dorr Rebellion, A Study in American Radicalism, 1833Ð1849, Random House, 1973.(especially pp. 57Ð58 and 73Ð74. Mowry, Dorr War, p. 28. NUC and Sabin attribute this anonymous pamphlet to Pitman. Not in American Imprints. Sabin 63054. One of the critical pamphlets relating to the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island, a central issue of which was the limitation of the Suffrage to property owners in a changing society at the spearhead of the Industrial Revolution. Pitman was a prominent Federal District Judge, whose correspondence with Justice Story and addresses to the people of Rhode Island as well as this one to the General Assembly, laid out some of the issues of the Dorr Rebellion and the conservative point of view. Originally a supporter of the extension of suffrage, Pitman changed his mind after the People's Convention of 1841 and the election of a new government, which he felt lacked authority. In opposing free suffrage, Pitman appeals to the Founding Fathers, especially Washington, to States' Rights (especially for Rhode Island, which still operated upon its old pre-Revolution charter without ever having written a new constitution), and to xenophobia, lest a Federal immigration policy overwhelm the State. He attacks Orestes Brownson (mistaking his name in the process), a Massachusetts reformer, who, although hardly involved in the Rhode Island problem, was a convenient target for Pitman's wrath. Bookseller Inventory # 10282

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Title: Pamphlet]. To the Members of the General ...

Publisher: N.P. [Providence]. N.Pub.[Knowles & Vose]. N.D. [1842]

Publication Date: 1842

Edition: First Edition.

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