Extra – Concord Freeman. Remarks of Mr. Grenville T. Winthrop, of Watertown, on the Currency, in the House of Representatives, 17th March, 1840. On Mr. [Levi] Lincoln's Report in relation to the Currency, and in support of Mr. Winthrop's Resolves on the same subject. [Published by request of the Democratic members of the Legislature.]

[Concord, Mass: 1840]: Concord Freeman. Folio broadsheet (50cm x 35cm), 5 columns on recto beneath headline and caption title; 3 columns on verso. Vertical and horizontal folds; small closed tear at right margin; Very Good.

A Massachusetts Democrat attacks Whig monetary policies including the issuance of "soft" currency and the establishment of a National Bank. Winthrop appears to have entered politics following a checkered military career which included an 1832 court-marshal for abandoning his post during a particularly long-winded election-day sermon. William & Mary Quarterly (v.XV, 1907) reprints in full an 1841 letter from G.T. Winthrop to Governor Gilmore of Virginia, in which Winthrop writes: "In 1839 I was again elected to [the Mass. legislature] but was permitted to remain a member but a single year, in consequence of some remarks which I made upon ye question of ye currency." The letter goes on to emphasize their jointly held economic views: opposition to a national bank; opposition to the Distribution Bill; and the necessity of a high protective tariff to raise revenue.

Not in Kress and not separately catalogued in OCLC. Issues of this Massachusetts newspaper are uncommon; it ran under this title, under various editors and publishers, from 1834-47.

Price: $450.00

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