Wonderful group of eleven proclamations announcing conscription. English language proclamation measures 8 3/4” x 20”. The remaining ten proclamations measure 12” x 19” and are printed in the following languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Yiddish. The English language proclamation reads, in part: ... all male persons between the ages of twenty-one and thirty, both inclusive, shall be subject to registration in accordance with regulations to be prescribed by the President; and upon proclamation by the President or other public notice... it shall be the duty of all persons of the designated ages, except officers and enlisted men of the Regular Army, the Navy, and the national Guard and Naval Militia while in the service of the United States, to present themselves for and submit to registrations under the provisions of this act ... The significance of this can not be overstated. It is a new thing in our history and a landmark in our progress. It is a new manner of accepting and vitalizing our duty to give ourselves with thoughtful devotion to the common purpose of us all. It is in no sense a conscription of the unwilling; it is, rather, selection from a nation which has volunteered in mass. It is no more a choosing of those who shall march with the colors than it is a selection of those who shall serve an equally necessary and devoted purpose in the industries that lie behind the battle line ... Clearly the foreign language proclamations were intended for distribution in areas that had large immigrant populations. Some edge wear. Overall Fine. An Extremely rare set!
“ An Act In Addition To The ‘act To Prohibit The Circulation Of Small Bills”
Printed Document. One page, 6” x 91/4”. No place. No date [mid-1830s]. The document concerns “ AN ACT IN ADDITION TO THE ‘ACT TO PROHIBIT THE CIRCULATION OF SMALL BILLS” It reads, in part: “ … it shall be lawful for the different Banks in this State to receive any Bill of the denomination of one or two dollars issued by a Bank in any other State. But Banks shall not pay or circulate the same …” This document is most likely from either New York or Connecticut. Enacted during the mid-1830s, this document offers an interesting snapshot of the precarious American financial situation in the period just prior to the Panic of 1837. Wrinkling. Paper loss at edges. Stain from paper clip. Some faded pencil notation in margins. Overall Very Good.
Printed Invitation to “National Peace Reunion,” bearing an image of two men shaking hands at top left. Three pages, 5 ½” x 8 ½”. Louisville Ky. August 12th, 1872. Report of the committee within. Verso bears an ornate vignette of ferryboats and locomotives entitled, “Bridge over the Falls of the Ohio, Filled by Nature Bridge by Art.” Invitation is accompanied by two 5 ½” x 8 ½” invitations: an illustrated advertisement for the “National Industrial Exposition” and a print only advertisement for “The Fifteenth Annual Fair of the Louisville and Jefferson Co. Association.” Some staining, paper loss and wear. else Good.