Fairhaven, Mass., March 5, 1829. Unlined folio in autograph ink, 13 x 7.75 inches, 1 page. Approx. 140 words. Some soiling; old folds; in very good condition. Item #19564
An early instance of primary evidence behind the grassroots political organization of the first third-part populist political movement in the United States, a public here statement signed by 25 men of Fairhaven to state that "it is of the utmost importants [sic] that the town of Fair Haven, should be represented in the convention, to be holden in Troy (Fall River) in the county of Bristol on the sixteenth & seventeenth Instant, do recommend to the inhabitants of our said Town, to call a meeting for the purpose of choosing delegates to attend, and represent, said town in said convention." The organization of Antimasonic sentiment around the reaction to the murder of William Morgan in 1826 first started to coalesce in Massachusetts in late 1828. (The first Massachusetts meeting to organize the party was held in Fall River on November 1, 1828; Antimasonic sentiment was evidently particularly strong in Bristol County. See Charles McCarthy, The Antimasonic Party: A Study of Political Antimasonry in the United States, 1827-1840.) Docketed in ink on the verso.