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    William L. Marcy Document Signed.
    One page, 6.5" x 7"
    Albany; June 6, 1836

    Printed document on State of New York, Executive Department letterhead signed "W.L. Marcy" as Governor at bottom right, addressed to Mississippi governor Charles Lynch transmitting "a copy [not present] of the Report and Resolutions adopted by that body on the subject of domestic Slavery, and the proceedings of the Abolitionists; and request that the same may be laid before the Legislature of your
    State."

    The previous month Congress had passed a "gag rule" that automatically tabled any action on all petitions related to slavery without hearing them. The document offered here is an attempt by New York (a predominantly anti-slavery state) to inform Mississippi (staunchly pro-slavery) of its discourse on the topic of slavery. Although Governor Marcy was considered to be a Southern Sympathizer, the political statements embodied in the report would not have been lost on Mississippi.

    Condition: Gently toned and tipped into a sheet measuring 7.25" x 10.75", with a traces of ghosting and pencil notations on verso. Chipping along top edge, with light creasing.


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