CALL FOR A CONVENTION. | THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY, ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC PRIMARY MEETINGS IN THEIR SEVERAL TOWNS AND CITIES, AND ELECT DELEGATES...TO MEET AT WORCESTER ON THURSDAY, THE TWENTIETH OF SEPTEMBER, FOR THE NOMINATION OF STATE OFFICERS. | PLEASE INFORM JOHN M. CLARK, BOSTON, BY RETURN OF MAIL, WHETHER YOU WILL ALLOW YOUR NAME TO BE AFFIXED TO THE ABOVE CALL? Republican Party in Massachusetts.

CALL FOR A CONVENTION. | THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS WHO ARE OPPOSED TO THE EXTENSION OF SLAVERY, ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN PUBLIC PRIMARY MEETINGS IN THEIR SEVERAL TOWNS AND CITIES, AND ELECT DELEGATES...TO MEET AT WORCESTER ON THURSDAY, THE TWENTIETH OF SEPTEMBER, FOR THE NOMINATION OF STATE OFFICERS. | PLEASE INFORM JOHN M. CLARK, BOSTON, BY RETURN OF MAIL, WHETHER YOU WILL ALLOW YOUR NAME TO BE AFFIXED TO THE ABOVE CALL?

[Boston? 1855]. Single sheet, folded to 5" x 7-3/4", on pale blue paper, printed on the first page only. Short closed tear repaired expertly on blank verso [no loss] of page [1], remnant of old matting on final blank. Very Good.

This announcement records the beginnings of the Republican Party in Massachusetts. John M. Clark, recently appointed Sheriff of Boston, was an organizer of the Convention. This Worcester Convention had been preceded by several unsuccessful efforts in 1854 and 1855 to fuse the bitterly rivalrous Massachusetts Know-Nothing and Free Soil Parties into a single anti-slavery movement. This Convention had better results.
The Convention "was arranged with committees from the Know-Nothing and Know-Something parties, and this time the nativists were simply invited to join in making arrangements for a joint convention at Worcester in September...The results of the fusion convention at Worcester on the twentieth of September turned out to be very pleasing to the 'pure' antislavery men. Whereas both the Whig and Know-Nothing state platforms of this year had gone only so far in their antislavery sentiment as to demand the restoration of the Missouri Compromise line, the Worcester convention staked claim to independent and advanced ground by declaring against any further slave states. The platform was also devoid of any nativist or 'reform' planks, the Know-Nothing element apparently temporarily acquiescing in these omissions..." [Duberman, 'Some Notes on the Beginnings of the Republican Party in Massachusetts.' 34 New England Quarterly, September 1961, pages 364-370].
Not located on OCLC as of December 2018. Item #31308

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