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(20 x 12.5 cm). Original four page manuscript letter written in brown ink on paper headed with a colour printed image of a 34 star Union flag and the words 'It shall be defended'. Housed in original envelope addressed in the same hand with an image of the 34 star Union flag at the left side, a 3 cent stamp featuring George Washington (1861-1862) and a postmark for Keene New Hampshire dated November 26th 1861. Blind stanped mark of A.B. Conan stationer of Manchester, New Hampshire to verso of envelope. Small tear with loss but no loss of text to right margin of the letter. Envelope chipped in places. Generally very good. The author of the letter describes the funeral of two men from Lowell killed in the Baltimore Riot. The Baltimore Riot occurred on the 19th of April 1861, a week after the beginning of the American Civil War and a couple of weeks before the letter was written. The riot began with a conflict between Maryland's Confederate Sympathisers and members of the Massachusetts militia travelling through Baltimore en route to Washington for Federal service. The riot is considered by many historians as the first bloodshed of the American Civil War. The author opens his letter with a call to 'hang all traitors' to the Union and concludes his letter declaring his willing to fight for the liberty and the Unionist cause. 'A Sermon By Eld. Mott to soldiers Lowell May 10th 1861 Cousin Stickney Hurrah for the Union and the Stars and Stripes Hang all traitors. I have been thinking for some time of writing to you, we are all about as usual except I have a bad cough. Your potatoes arrived safe, Kavanagh took them at your measure 55 bushels. They came to twenty two dollars. Hannah went out and bought your mother a shawl and paid two dollars, it looks nice. I will send you five dollars in this letter. I suppose you would like to hear from G. M. Whipple, well he and his wife went down to her folks about three weeks ago and stayed two weeks with the exception of coming home once and went back the same day and it was said he went off for fear got home last Saturday their (sic) was two young men from Lowell was killed in Baltimore at the riot. They were fetched to Lowell last Monday and had a large funeral in Huntingtons Hall. They had a procession a mile long, 31 hacks and one Beroach (?) and two horses convened with flags. It would have astonished you to have seen how the people turned out. It rained all the afternoon but mail (sic) and female did not mind anything about the mud or rain. The Agent at the Machine shop turned out with all his men and marched through the mud and rain to the cemetery mud about over shoes. I reckon it did not soot (sic) G.M.W. very well to see such a turnout on such an occasion for he was awfull cross the next morning, mad enough to eat six inch spikes and swore enough to sink the whole nation. The country was ruined but no one believed it if he does. I hope our government will make a clean sweep and have liberty proclaimed from the rivers to the ends of the earth. No more compromise. I saw Joseph yesterday, he said his mother was better so she was able to go to the door. I told him to fetch her up to Lowell and stay two or three days when she gets able. I will send the vox populi with all the doing in it. Lowell is alive, yet I have not started the Batten Mill yet but shall Monday. You and Meriam come and see us as you can, please write when you get this and let me know how you are getting along. I think the United States has not been in so good a condition for twenty five years as now for their (sic) is a prospect that the majority will rule, if they can't I will fight. Dustin Clark'. N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : [Manuscript letter from Dustin Clark of ...
Éditeur : 10th May
Date d'édition : 1861
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