Bound volume of newspapers. Folio. 20 in., 79 issues, plus 1 prospectus, and 1 extra, approx. 440 pp. Cloth spine, paper boards, paper label with manuscript title laid down on front board. Printed label of "W.S. Fritts, Travelling Jobber, Dealing in Most Kinds of Staple & Fancy Goods, of English, French, German and American Manufacture" laid down on front pastedown. Issues of the "Albany Argus. Daily, Semi-Weekly and Weekly," "The Sober Second Thought, for the Presidential Campaign of 1844," "Clay Tribune," "New-York Weekly Tribune," and the "Freeman’s Journal." The newspapers represented different sides of the campaign for President between James K. Polk and Henry Clay in 1844. This hotly contested election which Polk won by a narrow margin hinged on the question of admission of the Republic of Texas to the Union, and the issue of territorial expansion in general and its effect on the balance between slave and free states.
The Prospectus issue for the Sober Second Thought prints the "Treaty of Annexation, concluded between the United States of America and the Republic of Texas, at Washington, the 12th day of April, 1844," accompanied by Martin Van Buren's response. The New-York Weekly Tribune Extra of Oct. 10, 1844, reports that "New Jersey is Whig All Over..." Item #60173
The issues included in this bound volume are --
Weekly Argus [Albany, NY: E. & S Croswell]: Advertisement for the publication of the Albany Argus Daily, Semi-Weekly, and Weekly, Sept. 1845 (single page); Weekly Argus: Vol. V. New Series, No. 39, Whole No. 692. Sat., Sept. 27, 1845 [defective, pagination erratic]; Vol. IV. New Series, No. 24, Whole No. 625. Sat., June 15, 1844, through Vol. IV, New Series, No. 49, Whole No. 650, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1844], 26 consecutive issues, pagination consecutive (pp.193-400).
The Sober Second Thought, for the Presidential Campaign of 1844. [banner headline] Vol. 1- Prospectus Number. New York, Sat. May 18, 1844. Published weekly, at No. 25 Pine Street, for an Association of Democratic Republican Young Men of the city of New York. [4 pp.] [Daniel E. Sickles, ed.]; The Sober Second Thought, for the Presidential Campaign of 1844. [banner headline] Vol. 1, No. 5. NY, Sat. July 6, 1844. [4 pp.] through Vol. 1, No. 21, Sat., Oct. 26, 1844. 17 consecutive issues [each issue 4 pp.]
Clay Tribune. By Greeley & McElrath. NY, No. 1, Sat. May 4, 1844 [4 pp.] through, No. 27, Sat., Nov. 2, 1844. 27 consecutive issues [each issue 4 pp.]
New-York Weekly Tribune. By Greeley & McElrath. Vol. IV, No. 5, Whole No. 161. Sat., Oct. 12, 1844. [4 pp.], plus the “Extra” dated Thurs., Oct. 10, 1844, [4 pp.]; Vol. IV, No. 6, Whole No. 162. Sat., Oct. 19, 1844, through to No. 10, dated Nov. 16, 1844 [each issue 8 pp., including a section with items from earlier in the week]; plus two earlier issues of the New York Weekly Tribune: Sat., Sept. 18, 1841. Vol. I, No. 1. [8 pp.] and Sat., Sept. 25, 1841. Vol. I No. 2. [8 pp.]. A total of 8 issues.
Freeman’s Journal. Cooperstown, Otsego County, NY, Monday, July 8, 1844. Vol. XXXVI, Number XLV. Single issue, 24 ½ x 18 ½ in. [4 pp.] John H. Prentiss, publisher; Freeman’s Journal. Extra. Cooperstown, Monday, December 23, 1844. Official Canvass of the Electoral Vote of the State of New-York --- 1844. Single sheet, 28 x 19 ½ in. [2 pp.].