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A catalyst of the Anti-Masonic movement...
Item # 668361
September 16, 1829
ANTI-MASONICK RHODE-ISLANDER, Newport, Sept. 16, 1829 An interesting issue which with a report that was a catalyst to the Anti-Masonic movement in the United States.
All columns on all 4 pages are black-bordered, essentially a political statement more than a mourning event. Page 3 reports the death of Captain William Morgan.
Morgan was a resident of Batavia, New York, whose disappearance and presumed murder in 1826 ignited a powerful movement against the Freemasons, a fraternal society that had become influential in the United States. After Morgan announced his intention to publish a book exposing Freemasonry's secrets, he was arrested on trumped-up charges. He disappeared soon after, and was believed to have been kidnapped and killed by Masons from western New York.
The allegations surrounding Morgan's disappearance and presumed death sparked a public outcry and inspired Thurlow Weed and others to harness the discontent by founding the new Anti-Masonic Party in opposition to President Andrew Jackson's Democrats. It ran a presidential candidate in 1832 but was nearly defunct by 1835.
A great wealth of other reports concerning the Capt. Morgan situation and the Anti-Masonic movement including several letters from his wife.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed with wide margins, some wear at the folds & margins, foxing.
Category: Pre-Civil War