[Albany?]: April 17th, 1809. Broadside, 8" x 12-1/2". Framed. About thirty printed lines, signed in ink with names of Troup and Beers. Very Good. Troup was a prominent New York lawyer, judge, politician, and friend of Alexander Hamilton. Beers was a Connecticut Federalist.
This rare Federalist broadside rebuts "a certain Handbill in secret circulation" which claimed that "leading federalists of the Northern and Eastern states" planned "a dismemberment of the Union; and that such plan was moved and agitated at the Meeting held in New-York, in August last..." The broadside demonstrates that, several years before the Hartford Convention, Federalists-- weary of Virginia's domination of the national government-- were vulnerable to the charge of treason and disloyalty.
Troup and Beers, leading New York Federalists, "certify and solemnly declare, that we were personally present at the meeting... That such meeting was held for the purpose of conferring together upon the subject of the choice of candidates for the then ensuing election of President and Vice-President, and for no other purpose whatever." The Handbill is "false and calumnious."
Not located on the online sites of AAS or the Library of Congress. Not in American Imprints, Sabin, Eberstadt. OCLC 58784241 [1- NYHS] [as of February 2017]. Item #32987