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Much on the "Murrell Excitement" at Vicksburg...



Item # 638117

August 8, 1835

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Aug. 8, 1835  The best content, and much is devoted to this, concerns the angry mob in Vicksburg which decided to expel all professional gamblers from the town, based on a rumor that the gamblers were part of a planned plot to free slaves, known as the "Murrell Excitement" (much of it presumed to be fictitious). The gamblers resisted, and as a result 5 gamblers were hanged by the mob.
Relating to this is: "Gamblers In The West" which has a report on the hanging of the five. Relating to this are; "Detestable Villainy" and "Affairs In Mississippi" "Horrible Conspiracy!" and: "The Projected Conspiracy" which mentions John Murrell by name, with accounts from Virgil Stewart, whose reporting is presumed to be mostly fictitious. Nonetheless a considerable amount of text on this interesting chapter in Mississippi history.
Other items within include: "Origin of Lynch's Law", which is actually just one of several theories on how the term came into existence (see). "Texas" which includes: "...The state of things in Texas is really critical The colonists are evidently preparing to stand to their arms & resist the invasion of Mexican troops threatened by Santa Anna..." with more.
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, various foxing spots, good condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia it: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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