Monday, November 13, 2017

Gansevoort Melville, "that over-grown school boy"

"Take up the accounts of any recent Locofoco meeting--it is the burden of their speeches and resolutions--the rallying cry--Texas must be annexed. It is the offering of tribute to the Moloch of Southern Slavery….The very mob that stood ready to hurrah for Mr. Van Buren and his views against the annexation, soon found themselves hurrahing for Texas, and that over-grown schoolboy, Melville."
 --"The Locofoco Texas Party / Concluded," signed "X." Geneva Courier, July 30, 1844 via NYS Historic Newspapers
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