1817.065: Address of Robert S. Garnett to Freeholders in Congressional District 12.

Published: 1817

Full Title: To the freeholders of the congressional district composed of the counties of Caroline, Essex, King & Queen and King William. Fellow-citizens, Motives entirely independent of either a personal or political hostility to your late representative, have induced me to become a candidate for the honour of representing you in the next Congress. ... Robert S. Garnett. Essex County, March 20, 1817.

Author: Garnett, Robert Selden (1789-1840).

Place Issued: Fredericksburg

Issuing Press: William F. Gray

Description: 1 sheet [2 pgs.]; 48 cm. x 30 cm. (broadside, printed in three columns, recto & verso).


Dated just two weeks after the closing of the Fourteenth Congress, Garnett announced his candidacy for the seat held by William H. Roane, who had declined reelection to take a seat on Virginia's Council of State; the Madisonian Republican Garnett defeated Edwin Upshaw, a dissident Quid, in a race where Roane's Caroline County constituents gave him more votes than winner Garnett, despite his retirement; Garnet served in Congress until March 1827. Sheet lacks colophon; copy held by the American Antiquarian Society, and filmed by the Early American Imprints Series, has a Fredericksburg postmark for May 11, 1817; as a result, title is generally attributed to the sole press then operating there, that of William Fairfax Gray.

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