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Thomas Dorr

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Thomas Dorr

Lot 0156 Details

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American politician and reformer in Rhode Island (1905–1854) best known for leading the Dorr Rebellion in 1841–42. ALS signed “T. W. Dorr, for State Comm.,” one page, 8 x 10, February 14, 1840. Letter to former governor John Brown Francis, in part: "The Ticket has been taken out of the Herald, and will not appear tomorrow. When it will be restored if at all, I cannot say. The surrender of so fair a prospect is made with feelings of the deepest regret. It will be the duty of the Committee to state to the party the reason for a change of the head of the Ticket, should we be able to make another arrangement, and, if not, for its withdrawal all together. Your letter will furnish the explanation. I would suggest to you the propriety of changing the date of the letter to the time of the stoppage of the publication of the Ticket (Feb. 14). This will be consistent with the reason given by you for declining—the interference of a paramount obligation—and will shorten the interval between the declension & the substitution, should we be able to make one." In fine condition, with seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf.
On January 16, 1840, the Rhode Island Democratic Convention nominated former governor John Brown Francis as its candidate for governor. Two days later, he informed the state committee that he would not be a candidate. In a series of letters, state committee secretary Thomas W. Dorr attempted to persuade Francis to reconsider or at least give the committee time to find another candidate. On February 10, 1840, Francis insisted that his name be taken off the Democratic ticket published in the newspapers and that his letter declining the nomination for governor be published. In this skillful letter, Dorr suggests that some changes be made to Francis's statement. two years late, Dorr would lead his rebellion against Rhode Island's restrictive franchise requirements, actions which landed him in prison.

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Thomas Dorr

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Aug 07, 2019
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Est. $800 - $1,000Starting Price $200
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Lot 0156 Details

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American politician and reformer in Rhode Island (1905–1854) best known for leading the Dorr Rebellion in 1841–42. ALS signed “T. W. Dorr, for State Comm.,” one page, 8 x 10, February 14, 1840. Letter to former governor John Brown Francis, in part: "The Ticket has been taken out of the Herald, and will not appear tomorrow. When it will be restored if at all, I cannot say. The surrender of so fair a prospect is made with feelings of the deepest regret. It will be the duty of the Committee to state to the party the reason for a change of the head of the Ticket, should we be able to make another arrangement, and, if not, for its withdrawal all together. Your letter will furnish the explanation. I would suggest to you the propriety of changing the date of the letter to the time of the stoppage of the publication of the Ticket (Feb. 14). This will be consistent with the reason given by you for declining—the interference of a paramount obligation—and will shorten the interval between the declension & the substitution, should we be able to make one." In fine condition, with seal-related paper loss to the integral address leaf.
On January 16, 1840, the Rhode Island Democratic Convention nominated former governor John Brown Francis as its candidate for governor. Two days later, he informed the state committee that he would not be a candidate. In a series of letters, state committee secretary Thomas W. Dorr attempted to persuade Francis to reconsider or at least give the committee time to find another candidate. On February 10, 1840, Francis insisted that his name be taken off the Democratic ticket published in the newspapers and that his letter declining the nomination for governor be published. In this skillful letter, Dorr suggests that some changes be made to Francis's statement. two years late, Dorr would lead his rebellion against Rhode Island's restrictive franchise requirements, actions which landed him in prison.

Format: ALS

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