Appoquinimink Hundred: Oct. 4, 1856. Broadside, 8 1/4" x 13", printed in two columns, and signed and dated in type at the end by Townsend, William Weldon, Jacob Hill, William M. Johnson, and James Doughten for the Central Committee of Appoquinimink Hundred at the end. Generous margins, a few fox marks at the outer margins. Near Fine.
Townsend, whose papers reside at the University of Delaware, was a prominent Delaware Democrat. A Union man during the War, he opposed emancipation and would, during Reconstruction, help to found the Delaware White Man's Party.
In this rare broadside, issued a month before the 1856 elections, Townsend and other members of the Central Committee warn of intraparty strife, led by a "small party of disorganizers" who challenged the duly nominated local ticket; and who have "done nothing towards preparing the party for the terrible struggle that must take place between the Democracy of this county, and the combined factions that are trying to put it down."
OCLC 79153031 [1- Clements], 32084932 [2- U DE, AAS] [as of January 2016]. Item #32719