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A breach of privilege. Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867.

ANDERSON, EVE editor [CILLEY, JONATHAN, DEBORAH, GREENLEAF and PRINCE]

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ISBN 10: 0970097441 / ISBN 13: 9780970097446
Edité par Seven Coin Press, Spruce Head, ME, 2002
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Etat : Very Good+ Hard Cover
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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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Titre : A breach of privilege. Cilley Family Letters...

Éditeur : Seven Coin Press, Spruce Head, ME

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Hard Cover

Etat du livre :Very Good+

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good+

Edition : First Edition

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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 collection and arrange it into a coherent story. As one of the least publicized political crimes of the nineteenth century, the killing of Congressman Jonathan Cilley stands out as a chapter of American history that would certainly be lost had this book not been written.

A Breach of Privilege is a fascinating authentic narrative of a life of extraordinary potential tragically cut short because of political corruption. It is a story of great love and heartrending sorrow, but it is also one in which the human spirit triumphs over the most devastating of circumstances. As tragic as the story is, it manages to show that humor, even in incredibly difficult circumstances, can achieve a solace and mending of the soul. If nothing else, the story of the Cilley family is one of resilience and great love of country; so great that the loss of his life was secondary to Jonathan Cilley compared to his honor and standing firm for his principles.

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Born in Yonkers, New York, Eve Anderson attended public school, was Co-Editor in Chief of her award-winning high school newspaper, The Broadcaster, and later wrote for the Russell Sage College newspaper, The Quill. At Sage she majored in English literature and minored in American history. After college she married and with her husband, Olof, raised two children. During those years as a stay-at-home mother, she continued to write as a freelance reporter for her Connecticut hometown newspaper, the Manchester Herald.

After retiring to Maine, Anderson assumed responsibility for publicity at the Montpelier-General Henry Knox Museum from 1991 to 1996 and, since 1993, has managed the publicity for the Thomaston Historical Society. Anderson became president of the Thomaston Historical Society in 1998 and wrote the copy for the Thomaston Historical Society Web site.

She has been an avid reader since early childhood with a special interest in collections of historical letters, American history, and biographies of American historical figures. A Breach of Privilege is her first book although she continues to write and has recently completed a second manuscript.

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