The Shell Point Meeting . . . [caption title]. Florida Territory, N. W. Walker, Thomas J. Green, Arthur Macon, Slavery.

The Shell Point Meeting . . . [caption title].

[Tallahassee, Florida Territory? n. p., 1835]. First edition. Broadside, 19.25 x 11.75 inches, printed in three columns, three marginal corrections in contemporary autograph ink. Signed in type at the foot of the text, N. W. Walker, Chair’n. Some light staining, some foxing; small hole to one margin (perhaps from a wax seal), touching one autograph correction; in good condition. Item #19040

“In pursuance of public notice, a very large meeting of the citizens of Shell Point took place on the 19th inst. to express themselves upon the question which has created such universal excitement throughout the slave holding States. . . .” A rare account of an anti-abolitionist public meeting in a Florida Territory settlement south of Tallahassee, including the text of the resolutions, as well as extracts from an address by Thomas Jefferson Green prior to his relocation to Texas: “Thomas J. Green addressed the assembly at length, in which he reviewed the origin, rise and progress of the abolition question—its destructive influence upon the social feelings and body politic of the whole community—its unavoidable influence upon the legislation of Congress, and its deleterious effect upon the unity of the States.” Resolutions from the assembly include calls for legislative protection of slavery interests; calls for Congress to prohibit the circulation of abolitionist material in the mails (and failing that, calling for the states to do so); enforcement of the “true spirit of our laws upon the subject of the *migration* or *sojourning* of free persons of color in our Territory;” attacks on amalgamation of the races, and a call to put a bounty on the head of Arthur Tappan, a founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society; referring to a Louisiana law making a capital offense of aiding or abetting the circulation of incendiary abolition papers, the resolves call for the governor of New York to give up “such conspicuous person or persons as are known to be foremost in this work of crime and sedition, so that the question may be fairly tried as to their liability under the law ...such is our pity, scorn, and contempt of Arthur Tappan and his coadjutors...that we heartily approve of the conduct of the citizens of New Orleans, Charleston, Macon, and elsewhere, in offering a premium for said Tappan, and we will be pleased to pay a pro-rato amount for his delivery.” Thanks are also offered to Mordecai Noah, editor of the N. Y. Evening Star, for “his uniform, steady and able manner in which he has advocated the Southern slave rights.” The resolves conclude with a call for distribution to newspapers nation-wide. This broadside not found on OCLC, nor in Sabin or in American Imprints. Not found in Servies, Bibliography of Florida. Dating the publication of this broadside seems fairly easily narrowed; the meeting was held on September 5, 1835 (see Denham) and in a copy of this broadside in a philatelic auction as a stampless cover was sent to the governor of New Jersey with an ink stamp for Tallahassee, Oct. 7 and an inked dateline of Shell Point, Sept. 30, 1835. For passing mention of this meeting on Sept. 5 (and a note that Arthur Macon was killed in a political riot at Shell Point in 1837), see Denham, James M. (1991) “The Peerless Wind Cloud: Thomas Jefferson Green and the Tallahassee Land Company,”East TexasHistorical Journal: Vol. 29: Iss. 2, Article 5.

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