Americus, Georgia: "Sumter Republican" Book and Job Office, 1874. First edition. Small 8vo, unbound pamphlet, 7 pages. Oddly trimmed by the printer; some light foxing and soiling; a very good copy. Item #13938
An interesting imprint from Reconstruction-era Georgia. The Sumter Republican had been published in Sumter county since 1854 (and took its name from the American system of government rather than the political party founded the same year); the publisher, Charles W. Hancock, was a Democrat and an editor of the old school--"a man of strong opinion, [he] was physically attacked twice for his commentaries. In 1857 he was in a shootout on the courthouse square. . . . In 1871, Charles W. Hancock was brutally beaten by the city marshal, Stephen H. Mitchell, who had taken offense at the editor's observations about his lack of child-rearing skills" (Alan Anderson, Remembering Americus: Essays on Southern Life). JOb printing this report of a Baptist Association seems likely a safe and remunerative alternative to the hurly-burly of local journalism. OCLC generally locates only serial holdings with the Sumter Republican imprint, though it seems likely that the first of the publishers of Sam Simple's First Trip to New Orleans (Americus: Hancock, Graham & Reilly, 1870) was the doughty editor Charles W.