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Jefferson versus Callender...



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August 31, 1802

THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN REPOSITORY, Hudson, New York, August 31, 1802

* President Thomas Jefferson
* Slave Sally Hemings
* James T. Callender


Pages 2 and 3 have much interesting content on the on-going feud between Thomas Jefferson and James Callender.
Callender had a reputation as a "scandalmonger", due to the content of some of his reporting, which overshadowed the political content. He was a central figure in the press wars between the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties. In the late 1790s, Thomas Jefferson sought him out to attack President John Adams, which Callender did. After Jefferson won the presidency, Callender expected employment as a postmaster, which was denied by Jefferson. Callender then reported on President Jefferson's children by his slave concubine Sally Hemings.
Eight pages, 9 1/2 by 11 inches, nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War