New Orleans: Rea's Steam Book and Job Printing Office, 1876. Stitched in original printed wrappers. 28pp. Postal cancel on rear wrapper, with manuscript address to "Lewis Sterling | "B[ayou] Sara, La." Wrappers dusted. A persistent discoloration appears on each leaf at the upper blank corner, with archival repairs. Otherwise, Good+.
Weber, a prominent Louisiana Republican from West Feliciana Parish, dedicates this pamphlet "To the Property-Holders' Protective Union of West Feliciana." Weber was editor of the Weekly Feliciana Republican, a Tax Collector, and Supervisor of Voting Registration in West Feliciana Parish. In this pamphlet he defends himself against charges, levied "by an ignorant and notoriously incompetent Police Jury," that he had wrongfully taken money as parish Tax Collector. Weber had, as he acknowledges, "a great many enemies," engendered by his Republican political affiliation and activities.
Indeed, Weber was assassinated soon after issuing this pamphlet, in "one of those cold-blooded murders for which Louisiana has become infamously conspicuous" [Donaldsonville Chief, 10 March 1877]. The Feliciana Sentinel of same date wrote, "Mr. Weber had made himself odious to a number of our citizens, colored as well as white, through his partisan acts." During the elections of 1876 it was charged that Weber manipulated election returns to give Republican presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes a majority over Democrat Samuel Tilden. The Feliciana Sentinel reported the charge, which apparently led to Weber's murder.
Not in Thompson. OCLC 10621679 [2- Louisiana State Lib., Hayes Pres. Lib.] as of December 2020. Item #37283