(Dorr, Thomas Wilson). (Anthony, Henry B.; Ames, Samuel; Rivers, George; Jenckes, Thomas A.; Blodget, William P.) THE DORRIAD, and THE GREAT SLOCUM DINNER; With Introductory Remarks and Annotations
Providence, RI: Sidney S. Rider and Brother, 1870. 1870. Fair
Providence, RI: Sidney S. Rider and Brother, 1870.. 1870.. Fair. - Octavo. The remnants of a gilt-lettered leather spine are present, but the covers are lacking. 53 pages with engraved head- & tail-pieces. The front & rear endpapers are soiled & there is an owner's ink name on the front endpaper. There is occasional soiling to the text & the front edges of a few overlapping pages are darkened. Good reading copy.
Two nineteenth-century satiric pieces. The author of the mock-heroic "Dorriad" was anonymous. "The Great Slocum Dinner", according to the introduction, was by the authors listed above. These pieces relate to the "Dorr Rebellion", a brief armed uprising [1841-1842] in Rhode Island led by Thomas Wilson Dorr. The insurrection was precipitated by the increasing disenfranchisement of the citizens of Rhode Island, many of them recent Irish Catholic immigrants, who were unable to vote because of a requirement that voters own at least $134 of landed property.