1840 The Remonstrance of The Citizens of the District of Columbia
The full title of this RARE pamphlet:
'The remonstrance of the citizens of the District of Columbia by their delegates in convention, to the people of the United States, and to the legislatures of the several states, against oppressions, manifold and grievous, suffered from the misrule of the now ruling majority in Congress. August, 1840.'
This pamphlet starts out as a grievance on what Congressional misrule is doing to the District of Columbia.-It says that Congress uses "the sweeping powers of a despot" over the District of Columbia and that they are not getting correct representation. It narrative then turns into an attack on President Andrew Jackson and his banking and other policies of his administration. They call him a "military chieftain," and include Martin Van Buren, Jackson's vice president in their complaint. In the opening paragraphs, Walter Jones (Chairman of the Convention) makes the point that the citizens of the District of Columbia were treated as slaves because they were not afforded the same representation as citizens in each state. They insist that all office-holders "surrender their judgments to the reigning power" and under their sway, "Political intolerance descended to the petty tyranny of social persecution." The structure of the republic and federalism established by the Founding Fathers gave no protection to those who lived in the District of Columbia while citizens of the states had all the rights promised to them by their individual state governments.
This address to 'The People of The United States' explains in detail the misrule of the now ruling party in Congress that include the terrible effects of Jacksonian banking policies upon citizens of the District.
These complaints are all viable today where the citizens of today's Washington DC still do not have all of the rights and protections of citizens in the 50 states. It is an amazing read and to make it even more rare, the pamphlet is uncut and probably never read.
It is a fabulous and important piece of our American history. Uncut and complete in its 15 pages, this would be a wonderful gift to any student of American history.
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