[Berlin, CT]: April 4, 1840. Broadside, 7" x 13-3/4". Some spotting, a repaired fold split [no loss], Good+.
This rare broadside, a brilliant example of uninhibited political invective, is an angry Democratic attack against Whigs' illegal disruption of the recent local election. "At your Town Election last fall, by the most infamous frauds, you were cheated out of your election, and a Federal Board was chosen... Federalists were permitted to vote who had no more right than the serfs of Russia, and Democrats were excluded who for ten or twenty years had been voters and inhabitants of Berlin."
Among several disgraceful examples of the Whig Board's behavior: refusing to allow "a worthy WHITE MAN" to vote, "by calling him a Negro." In fact, this "honest man" has skin "whiter than the skin of the members of that Board." The "unprincipled wretch", the "Demon in human shape" responsible for this "infamous libel" is the Reverend Charles A. Goodrich, "the Dictator under a DICTATOR." Goodrich was assisted by "a miserable twaddling Conservative office-seeker at Hartford."
Reverend Charles A. Goodrich [1790-1862], the object of the author's ire, was Connecticut-born and raised. His mother, a Whittelsey, was one of the first families of Connecticut. Goodrich apparently preferred history and politics to religion-- he wrote a number of popular history books for schools and children; and was also Berlin's Senator at the Connecticut General Assembly.
OCLC 43108073 [2- Yale, CT State Lib.] as of September 2021. Not at the AAS online site. Item #35302