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A Series of Articles on Thomas Wilson Dorr. In the Bristol County [MA] Democrat, and Independent Gazette, Vol. XIV.], [Number 27., Taunton, Mass., Friday Morning, July 4, 1845.


Published by Edmund Anthony, Publisher, Taunton, MA.,, 1845
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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4 pp. Fo. Loose, as issued. Refs.: Gregory, American Newspapers, Union List, 1937, pp. 301 An issue of the Bristol County Democrat and Independent Gazette, of Taunton, MA, reporting a series of articles relevant to the Dorr Rebellion. According to Gregory, The Bristol County Democrat was published under various names from 1832 to 1893. This issue, on July 4, celebrates American Independence and the funeral of Andrew Jackson. On p. 2 there is a nearly one-column article on the release of Thomas W. Dorr of RI from State Prison, the liberation of whom was greeted by this newspaper with "unspeakable joy". Dorr was described as on his way to the house of his father, Sullivan Dorr, when he was greeted by a crowd of supporters, who cheered his liberation and showed the devotion of free men to Dorr's championship of them The paper enjoins the evil State and factions of Rhode Island to correct the error of failing to restore his just rights of citizenship with his liberation and showers deep criticism of Dorr's enemies. A second article on p. 2 reports more details on Dorr's release, heaping praise on him and opprobrium on the State of RI and Dorr's enemies, referring to him as Governor, The article reprints the speech of Nathan Porter, discoursing on Dorr's great qualities, expressing the affection of the multitude, Dorr's contribution to the public, the unspeakable behavior of the State of RI and Dorr's enemies and testifies to the effectiveness of Dorr as reflected in the election of James K. Polk as President The speech was greeted with enormous cheering, Dorr thanked his supporters and another great address was delivered in his honor by Welcome B. Sayles. The third p. 2 article, quoting from the Providence Gazette, reports the detailed terms of the Rhode Island Amnesty Act, which attempts to correct the premises which permitted Dorr's conviction. There follow two short articles from the Providence Gazette reporting the continuing celebration of Dorr, with comments about his weakened condition. There is speculation, borne out by history, that he would not recover fully. Also on p. 2 is a report from the Providence Herald that Dorr will be present at the Providence celebration of July 4 and American Independence in Market Square of that city, with a band, a crowd and possibly speeches. On p. 3 is a report from the Boston Times that the liberation of Dorr from unjust incarceration was celebrated on July 1 by a crowd in Cambridgeport, MA, 04 with the flying of flags, a one hundred gun salute, the shooting of rockets in the evening and the feeling of justice done to a patriot Dorr, a "true friend of the people" There is an incidental note that Hon. Pliny Merrick had been invited by the City Government of Boston to deliver the eulogy of the late President Andrew Jackson. Merrick, five years later, was to represent unsuccessfully Professor John White Webster of Harvard at his trial for the murder of Dr. George Parkman, a benefactor of the Medical College. Mild toning. Old folds. Small crack at center fold. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11490

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Title: A Series of Articles on Thomas Wilson Dorr. ...

Publisher: Edmund Anthony, Publisher, Taunton, MA.,

Publication Date: 1845

Edition: First Edition.

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