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Modern Democratic Creed! Broadside Issued by John Brodhead

Printed broadside, 11.75 x 18.75 in. The Modern Democratic Creed! N.d., ca 1863. Broadside presents a "Letter of John Brodhead, Democratic Candidate for City Treasurer," from "Philadelphia, March 7th, 1860." Text of the letter reads, "Mr. Jefferson Davis. My Dear Sir:---Can you tell me if General Larman is likely to remain much longer in Nicaragua? / I should like to go to that country and help open it to the civilization and Niggers. / I could get strong recommendations from the President's present friends in Pennsylvania for the place, were the Mission vacant, and I think I would prove a live Minister. / I am tired of being a white slave at the North, and long for a home in the sunny South. / Please let me hear from you when you have leisure. / Mrs. Brodhead joins me in sending kind remembrances to Mrs. Davis and yourself. / Sincerely and gratefully your friend, / John Brodhead."

John Brodhead was the Democratic candidate in the 1863 election for Philadelphia City Treasurer, running against Republican Henry Bumm. This broadside is a remarkable example of Republican propaganda, as the pro-Southern and racist overtones presented in the purported letter would have reflected unfavorably upon Brodhead in a northern election. 

 

Provenance: Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

Condition:

Broadside with a few significant tears and rips at edges, including an area of paper loss at bottom left corner. A few creases extend into text. Light discoloration throughout. 

Starting Price: $250
Estimate: $500 - $700
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