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1877 Carriers' Address from Salem Register

1877 Carriers' Address from Salem Register


Salem Register Carrier’s Address - The Carrier Boys

To Their Patrons With The Compliments Of The Season January 1, 1877

 Consisting of 2 leaves, printed on one side only.

Expounds on the politics of the day. Also speaks to the passage of time, Holiday celebration and gratitude.

 Here’s an excerpt:

“This brings us to the field of politics,

And there we find things in an awkward fix.

Old party-leaders laid upon the shelf-

None longer knows his neighbor – scarce himself…

Let all true men abstain from throwing mud,

It does no good, but only riles the blood.

The best of names have been made nicknames; see

The proofs at random all through History.

The good old classic name of Democrat

Is made to sound at times as mean as rat;

And men who’d sell their votes for drams or dinners,

Will talk about Re-Publicans and Sinners…”

 From an online timeline:

November 7, 1876 - Samuel J. Tilden, Democrat, outpolls Rutherford B. Hayes, Republican in the popular vote, but reverses the outcome in the Electoral College by one vote. The presidential election, however, would not be decided until March 2, 1877, when disputed votes in four states (Florida, Louisiana, Oregon, and South Carolina) force Congress to declare Hayes the victor, in large part after Republicans agree to end reconstruction in the South.

March 2, 1877 - A joint session of the U.S. Congress convenes on the presidential election dispute, reaching the Compromise of 1877 and electing Rutherford B. Hayes as President and William A. Wheeler as Vice President. They would be inaugurated two days later on March 4. Hayes would appoint Carl Schurz Secretary of the Interior, who began efforts to prevent forest destruction.

  From Wikipedia: The Salem Register (1800-ca.1911) was a newspaper published in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 19th century. William Carlton established it in 1800.Its office was at no.185 Essex Street. In the 1800s the Register ‘began its career as an advocate for the election of Mr. Jefferson to the Presidency. With all the ability of its editor and his friends -- among whom were the Rev. William Bentley and some of the wealthiest families in Salem -- it opposed the doctrines and the measures of the federal party.’”


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