Philadelphia: Published at 23 N. Second st. . First edition. Original printed pictorial yellow wrappers, scant 7 x 4 inches, 24 pages. Illus. Wrappers neatly reattached, with archival clear tape repairs to the tears; wrappers soiled, pamphlet somewhat roughly trimmed; in good, sound condition. Item #19364
“Out of the windows of nearly every Native American and Protestant Irishman in the district, hung the American and tri-colored flags. This was regarded as sufficient protection from the mob. Upon some of the doors were observed the words ‘Native American,’ written with charcoal, and on others were posted the ‘Native American’ newspaper—regarding these as better protection than arms of the military. . . . During the afternoon hundreds of families of Catholics moved out of the district; and we observed women and children piled high up on furniture carts upon their goods apparently delighted to escape the scenes of turmoil and bloodshed which presented themselves to their eyes, for the last three days.” A supposedly non-partisan account of the first round of 1844 Nativist riots in Philadelphia, though the Nativists come out rather better in this minute recounting of the riots than the “priest-ridden” Irish; the report drills down to specific incidents of violence and victims, graphic accounts of the firing of the churches, as well as a healthy dose of rumor and supposition (which priests are stockpiling weapons, etc.), and altogether a full accounting of the violence leveled against Irish immigrants and Catholic properties over four days in May. (The riots of July are not mentioned here.) The pictorial wrappers include a wood engraving of “the American Flag Torn at a Meeting in Kensington,” as well as crude views of the mobs watching the churches burn. A cursory search of the N. 2nd street address (situated in the Old City) in digitized Philadelphia newspapers and directories of the period did not yield up any particularly likely candidates for the pamphlet’s publisher or distributor.