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Titre : A breach of privilege. Cilley Family Letters...
Éditeur : Seven Coin Press
Date d'édition : 2002
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good+
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good+
Edition : First Edition
Xx, 500 pages, approximately 50 illustrations, cloth, DJ, very good. Letters written by Jonathan and Deborah Cilley and other family members. From the Wolf Moon Press Journal, by reviewer Burndett Andres: "Occasionally an important book is published. A Breach of Privilege is such a book. It consists of selected letters from the newly discovered and transcribed and never before published Cilley Family Collection of Letters, 1820-867. The introduction tells us that "The Cilley family, like so many of the families who took part in the birth of our nation, were dedicated to the ideal of building a country of free people who would embody the best concepts of citizenship. They enjoyed an added distinction in that their commitment to the principles of democracy and their dedication to the public good remained foremost in their deeds, their hearts and their minds for so many generations." The Cilley family tradition of service began with General Joseph Cilley of New Hampshire, who participated in the American Revolution. The letters presented here are those of his grandson, Representative Jonathan Cilley of Thomaston, Maine, his wife Deborah, and their sons Greenleaf and Prince. They "were written at home, at school, on the road to battle and in the Capitol in Washington. Together they provide a sweeping, evocative account of life in America during important periods of technological, political, economic and social development. They are not the abstracted analyses of later historians, but the immediate voices of men and women caught up in unfolding events that deeply affected their lives." " From the publisher: "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 letters and arrange them in a coherent story. As one of the least publicized political crimes of the nineteenth century, the death of Jonathan Cilley stands out as a chapter of American history that certainly would have been lost had this book not been written." From the Cilley Pages website: "Honorable Jonathan Cilley, 1802 - 1838, b. 2 July 1802, in Nottingham, N. H. Prepared for College at Atkinson Academy, N. H. Entered Bowdoin College in 1821, and graduated in the celebrated class of 1825. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne were in the same class. ) Moved to Thomaston, Me. , and commenced the practice of law; m. Deborah, b. 6 July 1808, d. 14 August 1844, dau. Of Hon. Hezekiah and Isabella (Coombs) Prince. He was editor of the Thomaston REGISTER, 1829-31, and was elected to the state legislature in 1831, serving in the same year as presidential elector. Was elected member of the Legislature in 1831-33-34-35. In 1835-6 was elected Speaker of the House, and in 1836 was elected Representative of the 25th Congress. Was killed in a duel with the Hon. W. J. Graves, M. C. Of Kentucky, Feb. 24, 1838, near Washington, D. C." His namesake Jonathan Prince Cilley became a brigadier general during the Civil War. From the Cilley Pages website: "General Jonathan Prince Cilley, b. 29 December 1835 in Thomaston, Maine, m. 10 October 1866, Caroline A. Lazell, d. 7 April 1871; died 6 April 1920 in California. He was born in 1835 and graduated from Bowdoin College in the class of 1858. Two years later he was admitted to the practice of law before the Knox county bar, and once formed a partnership with Lysander Hill and opened on office in Thomaston. The practice of his profession was followed but a short time. The smouldering fires of rebellion broke over the nation and Mr. Cilley was one of the first men to spring to his country's call. In the early part of 1861 he enlisted one hundred and fifty men and his own name headed the list of volunteers. It was intended that these men should form a light battery and H. B. N° de réf. du libraire 38487
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