Lot #216
Thomas Dorr

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Estimate: $400+


American politician and reformer in Rhode Island (1905-1854) best known for leading the Dorr Rebellion in 1841-42. ALS signed “T. W. Dorr,” one page, 8 x 10, February 1, 1840. Written from Providence, a letter to former governor John Brown Francis, in full: "Yours of the 29th was received by me yesterday, on my return from Boston. In the answer to your letter declining the invitation for Governor I expressed the wish that your name might remain before the public until that of another gentleman could be substituted; believing that so much was due to your political friends. The Committee have attended to their duty; and the gentleman nominated will be waited upon on Monday next. Should the Ticket be completed, we shall publish your withdrawal, & the new nomination together on Saturday next. If we succeed a brief delay will relieve you from all further anxiety on this subject." In fine condition.

On January 16, 1840, the Rhode Island Democratic Convention nominated former governor John Brown Francis as its candidate for governor. Two days later, he informed the state committee that he would not be a candidate. In a series of letters, state committee secretary Thomas W. Dorr attempted to persuade Francis to reconsider or at least give the committee time to find another candidate. On February 10, 1840, Francis insisted that his name be taken off the Democratic ticket published in the newspapers and that his letter declining the nomination for governor be published. Two years later, Dorr would lead his rebellion against Rhode Island's restrictive franchise requirements, actions which landed him in prison.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #600 - Ended January 13, 2021

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