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    [War of 1812] Hartford Convention Satirical Cartoon by William Charles of Philadelphia. The Federalists, strongest in New England, had always opposed the War of 1812. In late 1814, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island organized a "constitutional" convention in Hartford with a view towards secession of the New England States. The chief conspirator in the plan was Senator William Plumer of New Hampshire (who, as a presidential elector in 1820, cast the single opposing vote to James Monroe). The convention lasted from December 15, 1814 to January 4, 1815. Five states sent twenty-six delegates. The Treaty of Ghent was signed prior to its adjournment, ending the war and all opposition to it. This engraved aquatint cartoon, titled "The Hartford Convention or Leap No Leap," ridicules the delegates, questioning their courage, patriotism, and motives. They wish to abandon the land which produced a long line of heroes, identified in the lower left corner, including Andrew Jackson, the Hero of New Orleans. Signed "Wm. Charles," it is a classic American political cartoon. Published in December 1814 in partnership with Samuel Kennedy. Housed in a black frame, it measures 16.375" x 11.75". There is a 3.375" long tear at center of bottom edge through the word "Convention" and two smaller additional tears at top edge and one at top left corner. There are two deep scratches at the left edge that have torn the paper, and there is a spot of separation from folds on the king's shoulder. Minor foxing and toning throughout. The frame has some chipping and scratching throughout. Overall, this piece is in good condition with attractive colors.

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